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Statement of Solidarity from The Russell Family Foundation

The Russell Family Foundation stands with the Black Community. As a foundation established and led by a close-knit family, we are heartbroken for the families all over the country who have lost cherished members to racist, reprehensible violence. The Russell family and our foundation stand with those families, and we pledge to be a part of the systemic changes needed to bring these needless killings to an end. We uphold our values of inclusion and equality and our mission of partnering with community for a stronger, more vibrant region. We are committed to learning what it means to effectively and respectfully be a family and a foundation in solidarity with our local, regional, and national Black communities – learning that begins with listening, reflection, and accepting what can be uncomfortable truths. We feel strongly that everyone needs to be accountable for how they think, act and treat others. Now is the time for us to reflect on just how much we must do for that vision to be realized. We are committed to doing our part, because we stand against systemic racism.

– Eric Russell, Board President, The Russell Family Foundation