We, the Next 100 coalition, understand that this time is difficult for our nation, especially for Black communities, as we mourn the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and for all who have been killed by police and individuals simply for being Black. We denounce the continued violence by law enforcement and others against those that seek to organize and protest these decades of injustice.
White supremacy continues to prevail in our country through actions, decisions, and systems that continue to oppress Black people and other communities of color. The act of simply being Black in America should not — as it has for generations — warrant suspicion, confrontation, or violence that impacts their daily lives. The Next 100 Coalition loudly repeats the call that “Black Lives Matter”.
Next 100 Coalition members and leaders will continue to listen to the evolving requests of our Black community partners during these times and into the future. We understand that we must continue to do the work of addressing racism and anti-blackness in our communities and organizations, and denounce and work to eradicate white supremacy.
Breaking down the systems and actions that uphold white supremacy must be done by all of us. We must ensure that all communities of color have a right to live a full life without the fear of oppression, persecution, or violence based on their race, ethnicity, gender, citizenship status or sexual orientation.
A call to all individuals, organizations, businesses and philanthropic partners in the environmental, conservation, and outdoor recreation movements to follow Black Leadership and Solutions.
At this time, we, the Next 100 Coalition, will follow the leadership and solutions requested by Black communities and send a call to all individuals, organizations, businesses and philanthropic partners in the environmental, conservation, and outdoor recreation movements to do the same.
It is critically important that we educate ourselves, our communities, and allies on the actions that we each must take to ensure that we are actively creating and contributing to a more just equitable and inclusive society that honors the sacredness of the lives of Black, Indigenous, and other people of color.
To learn more about the requests and needs of the Black community at this time visit: https://www.bit.ly/AllyGuideBLMand take action via donations and signing their petitions.