Statements

September 25, 2020

As the foremost national coalition of organizations dedicated to civil rights and racial justice, we are outraged by the fact that no charges were filed against any of the police officers involved in the murder of Breonna Taylor. Felony charges of wanton endangerment filed against Officer Hankison are related to bullets fired into neighboring apartments. No charges were filed for the bullets fired into Breonna Taylor’s apartment, including the ones that took her life. We call now for systemic change.

June 2, 2020

We support and lift up the work of local Black-led organizing on the ground in communities across the country and we will not stop until we all live in the kind of just, vital, multiracial democratic society that we all deserve. Read our full statement.

April 15, 2020

We call on federal and state governments to release race and ethnicity data on COVID-19 testing, patients and health outcomes. This data should inform how we invest our time, our resources, and our energy. Ending the coronavirus threat requires us to start by attending to those who are most impacted.

March 17, 2020

As our nation grapples with the coronavirus, we are deeply concerned that recent incidents of racism and discrimination against Asian Americans threaten our collective public safety.

March 5, 2020

As the coronavirus spreads and a public health emergency intensifies, Race Forward calls on local and state governments and those who are doing emergency planning to pay special attention to the impact that this disease and the response to its spread may have on people and communities of color.

December 9, 2019

Last week, the administration finalized a proposed rule that would cause 700,000 people to lose access to food benefits. We oppose these rule changes as they will have painful effects on the communities of color

June 27, 2019

Nine of the leading national civil rights and racial justice organizations commend the SCOTUS ruling that blocks the citizenship question from being included in the 2020 Census. And yet, we remain cautious and steadfast against any pending arguments to add the question at a later date. The Commerce Department and the Census Bureau should immediately proceed with preparations for a 2020 Census that does not include the citizenship question.  

March 17, 2019

We stand in solidarity with our Muslim sisters, brothers, and non-binary siblings in New Zealand and here in the United States.

February 17, 2019

Race Forward stands in solidarity with all who are organizing Presidents Day protests.

November 8, 2018

We at Race Forward are deeply committed to advance narratives that center the voices and stories of people of color through art and culture. The Facing Race conference will continue to be a forum that helps us to imagine and build a just multiracial society.

October 28, 2018

We are both saddened and horrified by the deadly attack on Tree of Life * Or L’Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh, PA. We stand against anti-semitism in all its forms, and in solidarity with the Jewish community in Pittsburgh and with Jewish communities across the U.S.

October 23, 2018

According to The New York Times, the Trump administration is seeking to legally define gender as a “biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth.” This regressive proposal would magnify the harm that at least two million transgender people in this country already face on a daily basis—whether being denied access to healthcare, employment, housing, or basic civil rights.

September 24, 2018

Changes to Public Charge Could Put Health and Immigration Status at Risk for Millions.

August 24, 2018

Nine leading national civil rights and racial justice organizations formally announced their joint opposition to the Washington NFL team locating its new stadium in the District of Columbia unless the team agrees to drop the “R-word” racial slur as its mascot.

June 21, 2018

The human rights catastrophe occurring on our borders and and in detention centers across the country is not, and never has been, about keeping America safe. This has never been about protecting children. This has never been about upholding the rule of law. This has always been about race.

April 17, 2018

 

Tackling implicit bias is a critical step for any institution working to combat racism. To root out bias, Starbucks must be explicit about race. They must also explore and address how racism plays out across the company--from the customer experience to who gets promoted to the demographics of their executive leadership.

August 14, 2017

This weekend in Charlottesville we witnessed an act of domestic terrorism by white nationalists. Since May, this resurgence of white nationalist violence has resulted in murders from Oregon to Virginia, and is more threatening with each passing day. This cannot become the new normal.

March 30, 2017

Right now, immigrant families are facing a period of heightened persecution and crisis as President Trump has already begun to deliver on his campaign promises on mass deportation. What we are witnessing is a nationwide immigration crackdown that is tearing families apart. ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) officials and local law enforcement are becoming increasingly emboldened to target and track down non-citizens at their homes, schools, places of worship, and courthouses.

January 27, 2017

"The executive orders signed this week mark the beginning of a sweeping, reckless assault — the likes of which we have never seen — on the values that unite us. Our country was founded on principles of freedom and inclusion, and we are stronger, safer, freer when we come together. However, each order finds a new way to divide us: singling out entire groups of people based on how they look or where they come from, turning away refugees, building useless and expensive walls.

November 9, 2016

It seems the worst outcome we could have imagined has become a reality: a stunning victory for racism, misogyny, homophobia, and vengeful authoritarianism. Like many of you, we watched the election results with a mixture of anger, grief, and anxiety about the future of racial justice and the safety of our communities. In the coming days, there will be much analysis and speculation about what led to this outcome.