Twesigye Jackson Kaguri addresses the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Dear Nyaka Community,

I am writing to you at a time of national and global pain as recent examples of unconscionable racial violence in the U.S. have deepened the wounds inflicted by centuries of injustice towards communities of color. Outraged by the violent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and far too many other Black men, women, and children in this country, affected communities and their allies have taken to the streets in protest against police violence and the absence of justice for victims.

More than ever, we need leadership to guide the country forward towards dismantling the structures of racial oppression that have deep historical roots and persist today in a multitude of ways. Addressing the impacts of this systemic oppression, including most recently the disproportionate effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on health, education and employment in communities of color, should be a matter of urgent national priority. This is the kind of leadership that seeks to attract, nurture and empower for the last 19 years. Our alumni and current students fight injustice everyday. Our staff, volunteers, and Board members are working to address education, health and economic inequities, as well as broader systems of injustice.

Nyaka is committed to supporting these initiatives and to amplifying the perspectives and voices of people of all people through our recruitment, programming, and collaboration for impact. With your help, we will continue to make this critical endeavor a special focus going forward.

We know that many of you are deeply disturbed by the ongoing events and the underlaying issues. We want to send a message of solidarity and emphasize that these are the values that we represent in our work. However, we know we cannot solve these issues in USA.

We welcome your suggestions, requests and ideas on how Nyaka can support you and the Nyaka network as a whole in contributing to social impact leadership on these issues.

Finally, we encourage you to share your ideas, information and opportunities for action via our website or social media handles.

In solidarity,
Twesigye Jackson Kaguri
Founder and CEO of Nyaka

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