The following letter was sent from David Stern, Equal Justice Works Executive Director, to staff in response to ongoing racial injustices and police brutality throughout the country.
As I know you are all aware, Jacob Blake was shot several times in the back by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday evening as his three sons watched. He survived the shooting and is in serious condition. Black Americans should not have to continually suffer in order to take this epidemic of racist violence seriously. This is horrific and deeply upsetting, and my thoughts are with Mr. Blake and his family.
My thoughts are also with all of you. These are already stressful and anxious times, and the ongoing onslaught of violence against Black people in our country perpetuates an environment that makes focusing on work difficult to say the least.
I’m so grateful for our Fellows who are taking on the issues that address systemic racism. I believe continuing to mobilize passionate public service leaders who are fighting for equal access to justice is a critical role this organization plays in fulfilling our nation’s promise of equal justice for all. But I also know that this work is draining and that we are in a particularly difficult time. Please take care of yourself and check in on your friends and colleagues.
Equal Justice Works Executive Director