June 9, 2020
Dear Colleagues and Community,
George Floyd, a father of five and grandfather of two, was laid to rest today by grieving members of his family and friends, and in front of millions of people who are heartsick at his killing. The members of SRJC’s Environmental Health and Safety Department are appalled and saddened by the senseless loss of George Floyd, and the many others who have suffered a similar fate at the hands of racism in our society. We are determined to send a public pledge to you that no member of the SRJC EH&S Department will remain silent in the face of these outrageous and unforgiveable acts of violence against black people in our communities, and we wish you to know we fully support all peaceful protests occurring at SRJC, in our communities, and across our nation.
While we may not experience the pain and insult that our black community members feel daily, we can be sorry for the discriminatory behaviors and unfair treatment they have endured. We will not allow this pain to continue and will oppose any action that perpetuates the long-standing record of violence, racism and oppression occurring against black people everywhere. We promise to correct all prejudice, including any we may find in ourselves, wherever it may be directed.
In solidarity and with respect,
Your friends and colleagues of the SRJC EH&S Department
(Toni Chase, Jason Escher, Robin McHale)