In response to recent tragic events involving the brutal killing of George Floyd at the hands of police, the Madison Democratic Town Committee has passed a resolution “in support of political and social change in all levels of our government and communities to end systemic racism and ensure justice, peace, and equity for people of color.” We are sharing the full text of that resolution here:
STANDING FOR ANTI-RACISM AND EQUITY
A resolution in support of political and social change in all levels of our government and communities to end systemic racism and ensure justice, peace, and equity for people of color.
Be it resolved that the Madison Democratic Town Committee hereby calls on our elected officials to make anti-racism (the practice of opposing racism and promoting racial tolerance) and equity a central aspect of all policies, especially those that relate to policing and public safety, education, housing, social services, healthcare, and the economy.
We are outraged by the killing of George Floyd at the hands of police—and the killing of untold people of color going back generations who were not adequately protected by the civil institutions that should be ensuring the safety and health of all.
We believe it is possible to build a society that ensures differences of race—or, for that matter, gender, sexuality, ability, age, religion, or other protected identity—do not lead to differences of opportunity; opportunity for an education, for a good job, for healthcare, for happiness, for life. We believe that not one more black life should be lost at the hands of police or any form of state-sanctioned violence that is the result of systemic oppression. We believe that black lives matter. And we believe that this moment of social unrest across the country and the energy we have seen right here in our community must be translated into sustained action and political change.
We know these issues are complex, and that especially in the face of a continued global pandemic there are no easy solutions. We commit ourselves to continue learning, listening, and moving forward with integrity, humility, and resolve. And we urge our elected officials and community leaders of all levels to stand up for anti-racism and equity, and ensure that Madison—and the state of Connecticut—is on the right side of history, continuing to bend the universe’s long moral arc toward justice.
Joan Walker, Chairperson; Andrea Aron, Vice Chair; Paul Kessinger, Treasurer; Joyce Gendler, Secretary; and the members of the Madison Democratic Town Committee
June 9, 2020