The National Network for Youth works to address and respond to youth homelessness and in doing so recognizes the systemic oppression that has been institutionalized and continues to impact black and brown lives. Now is the time for each and every one of us to look within and ask ourselves, what can we do?

We have seen longstanding economic violence against people of color and their communities in this country, and the widespread, systemic, and shameful disregard for the value of their lives in the eyes of others. We have seen this systemic disregard quite clearly during the COVID-19 pandemic: amid the suffering across the country, and especially among youth and young adults experiencing homelessness, communities of color were and are more vulnerable and more harshly affected than are white communities.

During this time we have to recommit ourselves in fighting against the perils of racism.

The National Network for Youth works to address and respond to youth homelessness and in doing so recognizes the systemic oppression that has been institutionalized and continues to impact black and brown lives. Now is the time for each and every one of us to look within and ask ourselves, what can we do?

We have seen longstanding economic violence against people of color and their communities in this country, and the widespread, systemic, and shameful disregard for the value of their lives in the eyes of others. We have seen this systemic disregard quite clearly during the COVID-19 pandemic: amid the suffering across the country, and especially among youth and young adults experiencing homelessness, communities of color were and are more vulnerable and more harshly affected than are white communities.

During this time we have to recommit ourselves in fighting against the perils of racism.

The National Network for Youth stands in solidarity with black and brown people across the U.S. by stating loudly and clearly that “Racism is a public health threat.”

We say their names:

#GeorgeFloyd.

#TonyMcDade.

#AaliyahJohnson.

#BreonnaTaylor.

#NinaPop.

#AhmaudArbery.

We know there are many more names that we don’t know. We say their names because racism is as much of a public health threat as COVID-19. We say their names as an act of seeing each individual for who they are and by acknowledging their lives in this struggle. We are in this together.

We say their names because #BlackLivesMatter