WASHINGTON, DC - Today, LEDC Executive Director and CEO Marla Bilonick issued a statement on the death of George Floyd of Minneapolis, MN and civil rights protests across the nation:
“We send our deepest condolences to the family of George Floyd and stand in solidarity with all the protesters across the nation demanding justice for Mr. Floyd.
“Calling for justice for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless victims of racism and police brutality should not be a partisan political issue. We hope this painful moment can be seized to bring about real change that acknowledges the humanity of African Americans.
“Our organization is no stranger to police brutality and systemic racism. LEDC was founded by local leaders and civil rights activists catalyzed by the 1991 Mount Pleasant Riots, set off by police’s use of excessive force.
“That is why we stand in solidarity with protesters across the nation who are calling to bring an end to the systematic targeting and murder of unarmed African-Americans at the hands of police officers.
“Political participation at the national, state, and local levels is also crucial to bringing about real change. We encourage everyone to vote during this year’s primaries and general election. Primary day is today in DC and Maryland, and on June 23 in Virginia. The 2020 presidential election is on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.”
About The Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC)
Working families deserve to live in affordable homes and own successful small businesses, but too many are unable to turn those dreams into a reality. The Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) equips Latinos and other underserved communities in DC, MD, VA, and Puerto Rico with the skills and financial tools to create a better future for their families and communities. Participants in our programs learn how to buy and stay in their homes, join with their neighbors to keep their rental housing affordable, and start or expand small businesses.