(BUFFALO, NY) – The Community Action Organization of Western New York (CAO) is one of the organization’s supporting Mayor W. Byron Brown’s Community Impact Task Force after yesterday’s peaceful protests took a violent turn with vandalism and looting. Executive Director of CAO, L. Nathan Hare is leading this effort on behalf of his agency and has issued the following statement.
“We stand with those who came out last night to peacefully protest George Floyd’s senseless and brutal death. We know our people are hurting, and are feeling upset and angry over the injustice, violence, and racism experienced on all levels in their daily lives. However, we are discouraged by the vandalism and violence that occurred in our community. The City of Good Neighbors has come far in recent years, but we need everyone to come on board and actively build equity in the communities across Western New York. Unfortunately, racism still exists, and as an organization we have been working with the clear mission for decades of encouraging and providing tools for people to help themselves through the systemic injustices they are faced with, such as economic empowerment, social engagement, community health initiatives, workforce development and education. These are alternative and sustainable ways to fight disparities within our communities.”
ABOUT CAO of WNY
The Community Action Organization of WNY was designated in 1965 as the official anti-poverty agency for Erie County with a mission to serve the unmet needs of our low income population. Today, CAO serves more than 50,000 families and individuals within Erie and Niagara Counties through a variety of programs and services. Visit caowny.org for more information.