Statements by 21 leaders of foundations and nonprofits about the killing of George Floyd in police custody, discrimination in the US and entrenched racial violence speak of pain that is personal to many of the writers, observations of flaws in the nonprofit community and resolve to persevere toward positive, life-affirming change. "We hope ... this moment becomes the impetus for our nation to address racism and social inequities in earnest," says Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch III.
Museums are often considered neutral spaces, but it's important that leaders of these facilities consider how they can support racial equality by diversifying collections and taking other actions, says Jeremy Strick, director of Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. Daniel Weiss, CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, issued a statement talking about ways the museum could better diversify its staff and challenge existing ideologies.
Black and Hispanic women saw an increase of primary victories in multiple states, including Ella Jones, who was elected the first black mayor of Ferguson, Mo. LaTosha Brown, co-founder of nonprofit Black Voters Matter, says Jones' victory signifies "poetic justice."
The YWCA in Grand Island, Neb., held a Stand Against Racism Community Prayer Vigil on Wednesday to reflect on world events, and many local clergy members attended to provide messages of hope and urge solidarity in the face of racism. "Let us stand in solidarity with our black and brown and indigenous sisters and brothers," said clergy member Ann Sukraw-Lutz.
Reforest America's public land, establishing nurseries to cultivate trees and relaunching the Civilian Conservation Corps could help the environment while also providing jobs for people unemployed due to the pandemic, Jad Daley of American Forests writes. Daley suggests planting trees in cities and towns as a way of improving air quality and providing federal matching grants for such projects.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has pledged to contribute $3 million to support the Know Your Rights Camp, an organization established by NFL veteran Colin Kaepernick. In addition, Dorsey announced $5 million in funding for World Central Kitchen, $1 million for Dig Deep H20, and other contributions to smaller organizations.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke this week at the Global Vaccine Summit, urging world leaders to ensure that a coronavirus vaccine would be available and affordable for everyone in the world. UN Foundation President Elizabeth Cousens and former World Health Organization Director-General Gro Harlem Brundtland urged world leaders to fund the development of a vaccine to fight the pandemic, which WHO leaders warn will not end until the disease is eradicated everywhere.
Members of the United Nations Security Council this week voted unanimously to extend the UN's joint peacekeeping mission with the African Union in Sudan's Darfur region until the end of the year, while moving toward ending it. The council also voted to replace UNAMID with a civilian mission aimed at supporting the country's political transition and charged UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to name an envoy to head up the new mission, to be known as the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan.
The war on illegal drugs waged in the Philippines by President Rodrigo Duterte and his government has given law enforcement officers permission to kill drug offenders with near impunity, says a report from United Nations Human Rights Office. The report estimates that at least 8,600 people have been killed since July 2016 in the country's drug crackdown, but notes that further investigation is needed to verify the number.
Two pregnant women in Yemen have died from complications in childbirth after local medical facilities run by the United Nations Population Fund were closed due to a lack of funding. The UNFPA has received only 41% of the $100.5 million it needs this year to outfit maternity wings in local hospitals and pay 3,800 health care workers.
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