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A Statement from Voices for Illinois Children President Tasha Green Cruzat on the events in Charlottesville

Voices for Illinois Children believes every child should have the opportunity to grow up happy, healthy, and safe. When a disgraceful act of racist violence and hatred rocks our nation to its core, it is never easy to digest.

There is no place for discrimination, hatred, or bigotry.  In the case of the recent brutality committed in Charlottesville, we are facing a unique despair, mourning brave leaders and the progress we’ve made as a country. As communities united by our differences, it would be unforgivable to remain silent.

Voices for Illinois Children denounces any movement that aims to make communities less safe and less welcoming for all of our children and our families. As protectors and champions for children, an element of our work is dedicated to ensuring our state’s and our country’s children do not grow up witnessing the magnitude of hate that was displayed this week. We will push forth, with more fervor than ever before, to ensure our lawmakers are prioritizing the wellbeing of the bedrock of our state and our nation: children and families.

Whether it be anger, sadness, or confusion, no feeling of despair is invalid during these deeply troubling times for our nation.  We honor Heather Heyer as an advocate for American values and beliefs. Heather and her fellow protestors honorably stood up for all of our nation’s families, regardless of color, sexual orientation, religion, and all of the other beautiful differences that make our communities incredible. For their courage and tenacity, we will forever be indebted to them. As we continue to create safer and equitable environments for our children, we will honor and remember Heather, those who were injured, and those who showed up for the foundational values of our nation, with every step we take.

Sincerely,

Tasha Green Cruzat

President, Voices for Illinois Children
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