As a scientific organization that aims to connect science and society, Citizen Science GIS stands with all in society who are calling out systematic racism, oppression, inequality and brutality across the U.S. As an organization we deeply condemn all acts of racism, oppression and brutality happening across our country. We stand with those around the country in demanding that our government and civic leaders do more to acknowledge, call out, and reform the individuals, groups, systems, and processes that perpetuate the conditions being protested against at this moment in our country’s history.
The recent killings of George Floyd, Brionna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbury, Nina Pop and countless Black lives, are a result of blatant acts of racism and brutality. These deaths amplify systems of racism, oppression and inequality in place in our country. We condemn such acts of violence and killings. These killings are senseless. They are disturbing. They are unacceptable.*
As an organization we have always aimed to diversify science and support faculty, students and community members from underrepresented groups. We recognize our privilege as a scientific organization, and we recognize that we must work with and support individuals and groups around the country and globe to stand up strongly against oppression, racism, inequality and brutality.
We will continue to listen, support, and stand in solidarity with our Black colleagues, community partners and friends across the U.S. and beyond. Our organization will continue to amplify underrepresented voices in the work we do. And we will continue to stand with those protesting and demonstrating against acts of racism, oppression, inequality and brutality. Like countless individuals and groups around the country and world, we are demanding a more just and equitable society. What happened to George Floyd, Brionna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbury, Nina Pop and so many additional Black lives is unacceptable and unconscionable.
As an organization, we will aim higher. We offer our voice and our support in this moment. We will amplify those around us. And we will push our leaders, both in the academic and non-academic worlds, to do more. We all must do more…to honor the memory of these Black lives lost and to create a more just and equitable society.
Dr. Timothy L. Hawthorne
Founding Director of Citizen Science GIS
* For a more thorough account of Black lives lost in the past decade, please see an article from NPR from earlier today at: https://www.npr.org/2020/05/29/865261916/a-decade-of-watching-black-people-die