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Atlanta Reminds Us: It’s Still January 6

A Statement by Crystal Hayling
Executive Director, The Libra Foundation

Our nation has just passed through another tragic week, and in the aftermath our communities are again suffering boundless pain. The horrific murders in Atlanta — part of a larger wave of violence directed at Asian-Americans — have again shaken our democracy to its core. The Atlanta attacks weave together strands of misogyny, racism and easy access to guns, the familiar pattern of unrelenting violence at the hands of a white male perpetrator whose actions are immediately excused and explained away by those in power. Read More.

An Open Letter to Funders on the Fight for Racial Justice:

“Get In and Stay In”

This article was originally published on July 22, 2020 in Inside Philanthropy by Crystal Hayling, Executive Director of The Libra Foundation. 

But I want to say to those who are continuing to sit on the sidelines: Think long and hard about what you owe our country in this moment. Is your discomfort in funding outside your program areas or taking this issue to your board anything like that of John Lewis’ when he faced bullwhips and beatings? Can you please join us in making a bold stand, now, for what you know is right? If you do not act now, your words of concern of a few weeks back will ring hollow.

It’s like John Lewis said: Get in, and stay in.

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