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Maryland Writers' Association Stands in Solidarity with the African American Community

Statement from the Maryland Writers' Association Board

Our nation is struggling with two crises right now:

First, a pandemic that has affected people around the globe and has disproportionately affected African Americans. Second, the tragic, inhumane death of George Floyd, an unarmed man who has become a symbol of all the African American men and women who have been victimized by those who wield power—a sordid tally of brutality that began in 1619.

There is no better time than now to unify our country. The Maryland Writers' Association (MWA) peaceably stands in solidarity with the African American Community.

MWA is a diverse and inclusive organization that welcomes writers offering varying viewpoints through the power of the pen. We encourage those of you who are outraged over the horrific video of George Floyd's death by police and want to do something, but don’t know what to do, to use this time to get your thoughts on paper.

Writing, even just a few sentences, can be cathartic when dealing with grief and anger. Sharing your writing in a public space or providing a donation to support unity is another effort and even taking to the streets in protest can be a creative act.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.”

Hopefully, this moment will signal the start of change, in which we as a nation grow to respect each other, listen to each other and work together to build a nation where acts of police brutality are no longer commonplace occurrences. It's time for us all to understand what Black Lives Matter means and to seek to listen to and amplify black voices.

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