Before going to bed tonight, I wanted to write a message of encouragement and solidarity with the ongoing protests — across our country and here in Portland — precipitated by the murder of George Floyd in Minnesota.
The violence that took away George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many other innocent Black lives is, sadly, a longstanding menace in our country. Our history of slavery, lynching, segregation, mass incarceration, and police brutality shows that racism has always been violent — and deadly. I join with all who are grieving tonight and all who long for justice tomorrow.
We have much work ahead to make “justice for all” a reality in our country and our state. From closing Long Creek, to promoting Tribal sovereignty, to investigating police surveillance — we have already heard the demands of Justice here in Maine. This week, we are undoubtedly hearing more. Black Lives Matter. This, too, is a demand.
To participants who have been protesting in the streets: thank you for your dedication.
To the organizers who have been leading the way and directing the crowds: thank you for your courage.
To those who have been aiding the demonstrators with encouragement and donations from a distance: thank you for your support.
We all need each other in this fight for our future.
As a candidate for State Representative here in Portland, I pledge to keep listening to the demands of justice. I joined the march downtown over the weekend and plan to participate again later this week. I will keep looking for ways to support all victims of police violence and to join in solidarity against systemic racism.