From VEAP’s CEO, Joe McDonald:
VEAP is heartbroken over the murder of George Floyd, and by the racism that exists in our cities, our state, and our country. Our vision is to ensure that we build thriving communities, where all are free to pursue their dreams. It is clear this is not a reality for so many of our neighbors.
Racism is in direct opposition to the justice and freedom necessary for all people to be able to realize their hopes and dreams. We condemn the senseless murder of George Floyd. We condemn racism in any form and stand with black men and women, indigenous peoples, and all people of color, in the pursuit of racial justice and equality. VEAP is deeply committed to the ongoing work of identifying racism and inequities within our own organization and creating spaces for conversations that will lead to actions and solutions to help create a more equitable and inclusive environment for everyone.
Our team is focused on joining together with city officials, community leaders, businesses, schools, faith communities and residents of Bloomington, Richfield, Edina and South Minneapolis to support each other and build pathways to stability—especially during times of crisis. If you live in the Minneapolis neighborhoods affected by the events following Mr. Floyd’s murder and need food, please reach out to us by calling 952.888.9616. We’ll get you set up with an appointment to receive food as soon as possible.
Now, perhaps more than ever, we must rally together as a united and strong community—and demand, as well as participate in—the justice and equity we so urgently need.