George Floyd; Ahmaud Arbery; Breonna Taylor; Tony McDade; Dion Johnson; Eric Garner; Tamir Rice; Trayvon Martin; Sandra Bland. We say their names. We also recognize that their names represent only a small number of the Black people whose lives have been lost to America’s long and violent legacy of systemic racial inequality and injustice. Recent events – the horrific displays of police brutality, the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color, the increase in harassment of people of Asian descent during the pandemic – have shed a bright light on an undeniable truth: the scourge of racism, inequality and injustice continues to pervade American society.
We, as a firm, want to acknowledge the trauma and pain caused by recent events, and we stand in solidarity with those who have been denied justice. Moses & Singer, as part of the reaffirmation of its core values and beliefs, is committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive and compassionate environment, not only at the firm, but also in our communities at large. In the words of Thurgood Marshall, “Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on.”
As part of that commitment, we are taking action to combat discrimination and injustice, including by supporting, financially and through pro bono legal services, nonprofit organizations dedicated to eliminating race-based discrimination and ensuring the health and well-being of all people. To that end, the firm is making an initial donation to the National Urban League and is considering making future contributions to similar organizations. In the days and weeks to come, we will also be soliciting specific thoughts and feedback as to how Moses & Singer can continue to promote kindness, compassion, and inclusion within our own office and we invite the sharing of any ideas with us at any time.
Let us unite and stand for a world that provides justice and equal opportunity for all.