Wagner Foundation stands with the black community against the defining power of institutional racism in our criminal justice system and society at large. The murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and many others demand that officials embrace systemic reform. This must include serving justice for these crimes while confronting the legacy of white supremacy.
We are guided by our partners which include the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), whose civil rights expertise, historical understanding, and visionary leadership continues to drive change in many areas. EJI recognizes that historical injustices must be confronted and addressed for society to make real progress. Their work focuses on criminal justice reform and racial justice, as well as educating the public on the history of race in America.
Wagner Foundation is committed to maintaining our focus on racial equity and justice by continuing to support existing non-profit partners like the Equal Justice Initiative, Boston Ujima Project, Year Up, PS1/The Center For Afrofuturist Studies and others. We also acknowledge that there is still so much more to be done and commit to educating ourselves and keeping an open dialogue to listen and learn from existing and new partners on how we can do better and do more as an organization.
Together, we can transform our culture for the better.
Below is a working list* of recommendations from leading organizations of change for those seeking to understand and to act.
Equal Justice Initiative
More Than Words
Boston Ujima Project
*This list is, by no means, complete. It will be added to as more resources are recommended.