PRSSA Nevada's Statement Regarding George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter Movement
The enraging, yet all too familiar, murder of George Floyd and countless others has left America stunned, angered and appalled. George Floyd is yet another Black man dying at the hands of unneeded police brutality. As protests erupt across the United States and internationally, police officers are meeting peaceful assemblies with excessive force, making a heartbreaking situation even worse. On behalf of our entire Executive Board, we send our deepest condolences to the victims’ families, injured protesters, and all those affected by police brutality.
PRSSA Nevada stands with the Black community and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. As professional communicators, it is our job to not only speak out against injustice but also know when to step aside and allow other voices to be heard. We, at PRSSA, do not aim to speak for the Black community, but rather hope to enhance our allyship with the Black community. As allies, it is our responsibility to listen, learn and act against injustice. It is no longer enough to be non-racist. Support for the Black community must extend long beyond tragic events. . It is essential that we continue to actively be anti-racist. From educating and participating in discussions, to donating and protesting, it is important to recognize and participate in different forms of activism.
Below are several ways to help the BLM movement:
Official George Floyd Memorial Fund
NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
I Want Sandra Bland’s Case Reopened
Black-owned Reno Businesses:
Onestar Photography- Contact Tony Montgomery
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Reno/Sparks Branch
Northern Nevada Black Culture Awareness Society (NNBCAS)