The YWCA has significant concerns about the unfortunate chain of events in Ferguson that led to the loss of human life. In order for true healing to take place in Ferguson and communities around the country, law enforcement agencies, churches and civil rights organizations must come together to restore faith in our justice system. We hope that the Department of Justice’s investigation will offer the Brown family confidence that justice will be attained without bias. We ask that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder update the 2003 Guidance Regarding the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies without further delay. Furthermore, it is imperative that Congress pass the End Racial Profiling Act, a bill that would require cultural competence policies and procedures for eliminating racial profiling. It is incumbent upon us all to utilize the tragic death of Michael Brown as an opportunity to cultivate a world that fosters peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The YWCA will continue our efforts to ensure that the injustices brought to light in the Ferguson case lead to positive change and equality for all.
Dara Heron-Richardson, CEO YWCA USA