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Sunrise view over the Reddington Forest of Crocker and Reddington Mountains from Quill Hill in Reddington Township, Maine. Appalachian Trail.
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Our commitment to equitable communities

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The killings of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many other Black Americans has rightfully stirred grief and anger across our nation. The Trust for Public Land stands against racism and the racial violence that has long plagued this country and continues to threaten the lives and livelihoods of Black people as well as Hispanic, Asian, Indigenous, and other communities of color.

We believe every person deserves the right to feel safe and welcome on our streets and in our schools, in our parks and on our public lands. Every person deserves the right to express their beliefs in peaceful protest and public demonstration. But the events of recent days and weeks plainly show that in America, too many are too often denied these rights based solely on the color of their skin.

For nearly 50 years, The Trust for Public Land has worked alongside communities to preserve cultural landmarks and parks important to the rich and diverse history of America. Whether it’s the years of persistence and collaboration to create the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park, the Kashia Coastal Reserve in Northern California, the Stonewall National Monument in New York City, or the work today with communities in Wenatchee, Washington; Maywood, California; Bridgeport, Connecticut; Queens, New York; or the Grays Ferry neighborhood of Philadelphia—each of these places represent the extraordinary diversity of the American story.

The Trust for Public Land’s longstanding focus on equity and justice is a large part of what drew me to this organization. And the turmoil of this moment only increases the urgency of our mission to ensure healthy, livable communities for generations to come.

At the same time, I know we still have much work to do to advance the equitable society we all so long to see. Now is a time for us to listen, learn, and stand in solidarity with the people and communities who are most affected by the centuries of systemic racism and inequalities that harm Black lives today.

Thank you for your energy, ideas, and questions, and your ongoing help and engagement in this important work.

Diane Regas is president and CEO of The Trust for Public Land.

Comments

PHILIP BETTENCOURT
A THOUGHTFUL MESSAGE FOR DIFFICULT TIMES. THANK YOU.
B.C. Jasper
We need more public land, not less.
Harry Eldredge
Diane, Thank you for your heartfelt advocacy. I'm a teacher and environmental advocate in Sacramento. Have you ever checked out the video "Farmin in the Hood" on YTube about converting decaying city space to urban gardens and open space? It's about a team of people in Kansas City who had a vision and went with it. With vision we can restore our urban landscapes. Send me a reply if you have time. Thank you, Harry Eldredge

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