May 29, 2020

In the time of a global pandemic, love and justice should be instinctive among all Americans. However, the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery - and the loss of countless Black lives to police brutality and white supremacy - tragically underscore a cultural pandemic that has been at the core of our country for over 400 years.

In solidarity with members of our New Leaders Council network and family, we want to share what those most proximate to the issues lift as their priorities:

NLC Twin Cities

We stand with our community and grieve the loss of George Floyd. In the Twin Cities, we have mourned the loss of Jamar Clark and Philando Castile, and now, once again, we mourn the senseless killing of one of our Black neighbors. We uplift and center the organizations in the fight for justice and accountability for George Floyd’s family.

The Twin Cities chapter partners with The Minnesota Freedom Fund to pay bail of those arrested in the recent uprisings. Please also follow and support these Black-led efforts: Black Visions Collective, Official George Floyd Memorial Fund organized by Philonise Floyd, and Reclaim the Block.

NLC Atlanta

We stand against hate of any kind. The homicide of Ahmaud Arbery was a crime and should be treated as such. As a chapter, we have committed to a set of actions, and we welcome your support of Mr Arbery’s family and the city of Brunswick, GA as we stand with them during this difficult time.

NLC Black Caucus

We see and acknowledge our community members who have experienced trauma, grief, and/or difficulty finding peace during these distressing times. We are collaborating across the NLC movement to uplift actions that center our voices as NLC Black alumni. We invite NLC Black alumni to connect with us here to help share this work. 

NLC President & CEO

Finally, as NLC’s President & CEO, I recognize that statements are not enough. Until white folks become accomplices for racial equity, more Black lives will be lost. I urge fellow white progressives to acknowledge and dismantle our roles in upholding the insidious, covert connection between white supremacy and white liberal fragility. The values that we profess and project require that the change we seek starts within ourselves. Commit to start today with resources such as How to be an Anti-Racist, by Ibram X. Kendi or Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad.

As an organization, we will continue to listen to and uplift the incredible leadership our Black alumni and Fellows provide. It’s an honor to be in this movement for love and justice with the NLC community. We are the leaders our country and communities need to realize its highest ideals.  

With steadfast commitment and gratitude,
Clare Bresnahan English

New Leaders Council is the nation’s largest training organization of progressive millennial leaders. With 50 state and city chapters and nearly 9,000 fellows and alumni representing the robust diversity of our nation, NLC provides a rising generation of leaders with the resources and community needed to protect our shared future.