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Trayvon Martin. Eric Garner. Michael Brown. Tamir Rice. Sandra Bland. Philando Castile. Elijah McClain. Atatiana Jefferson. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. George Floyd.

These names only just begin to cover the countless Black men and women murdered across the United States over the past decade. Until change is made, this list will continue to grow.

For too long we’ve sat at dining room tables across America debating race, religion, and politics. We’ve sat together with friends and family discussing how to make our communities better, but we’ve been “uncomfortable” taking the first step.

For most, it wasn’t until they watched the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, read about the no-knock warrant that led to the death of Breonna Taylor, and listened to the countless stories of racial injustice told by Black friends, neighbors, and acquaintances across this country that they accepted that institutional and systematic racism was real.

This is where we are as a country. We realize the problem; now it’s time for us to come together to lead, change, and take comfort in being uncomfortable.

Neighborhood Forward is a collective of concerned citizens, faith leaders, civil rights activists, elected officials, business partners, and non-profit organizations from across the country who have come together to advocate for real and lasting policy change. We are dedicated to action at the grassroots level, one neighborhood at a time.

Join the movement. Be the change.