We join hands and hearts with those who are protesting peacefully to mourn the black and brown lives we have lost needlessly while in police custody.
We know that decades of protests have not resulted in a justice system that is truly just for all Americans, regardless of color or ethnicity.
We acknowledge that our Union must join with others to work even harder to ensure that here in Connecticut and across the nation our schools and our communities are no longer suffering with inequities, bias, and institutional racism that have defined us for far too long.
Finally, we believe in the words of former Vice President Joe Biden: “We are a nation in pain, but we must not allow this pain to destroy us. We are a nation enraged, but we cannot allow our rage to consume us.”