A Message of Solidarity from the NYU Center on International Cooperation
Photo: A memorial mural to George Floyd and other victims of police violence, in Minneapolis, Minnesota (CC BY-SA 2.0 Lorie Shaull).
Over the last week, people have taken to the streets across the United States—including in CIC’s home, New York City—to demonstrate against police brutality and systemic racism faced by Black communities in America. Many others have gathered around the world to voice their support.
The people chanting “I can’t breathe” in memory of George Floyd and Eric Garner, while battling clouds of tear gas amid the coronavirus pandemic, speak the truth that racism and inequality cannot be resolved without peaceful collective action. The recent deaths of Floyd, Ahmaud Arbury, Breonna Taylor, and many other victims, as well as the stark racial disparities in the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, are reminders of structural and systemic discrimination that must be tirelessly analyzed, criticized, and opposed in order to be overcome.
We express our solidarity with those who have gathered peacefully to demand justice.
The values of peace, justice for all, and inclusion that lie at the heart of our mission are at stake. At the NYU Center on International Cooperation, we work on issues that transcend national boundaries, from inequality, injustice, and urban violence to humanitarian crises, conflict, and global governance. Our work is grounded in the belief that there is an urgent need not just to understand the world, but to change it—to dismantle systemic injustices and to build back better. As our neighbors here in New York and communities around the country face this moment of crisis, we reaffirm our commitment to supporting practical, urgent solutions, alongside a dedication to seeing and hearing the realities that others are living, to build a more peaceful, just, and equitable world.