We at New Avenues for Youth are angered and heartbroken by the constant violence, racism, and injustice that Black community members, colleagues, friends, and partners experience every day in America. We know that institutionalized white supremacy and anti-Blackness have persisted for centuries and that we must remain committed to continuous anti-racist values and actions.
The intersection of race and homelessness is stark and undeniable. While representing 13% of the general population nationally, Black people make up more than 40% of individuals experiencing homelessness. This overrepresentation directly correlates to the racism our society has institutionalized since the country’s founding and the continued inequities and injustices that Black people experience every day.
New Avenues stands in solidarity with the Black community and all those protesting in this powerful movement. We support efforts and actions toward restorative justice and equitable access to resources. We affirm the experiences of Black communities and our unwavering support for Black community members. We are in this fight.
Scoop-a-thon is such a special time of year for New Avenues for Youth, our Ben & Jerry’s PartnerShops, and amazing sponsors like you who make this day possible. This year has been a little different with the unanticipated concerns resulting from COVID-19 aka Coronavirus and its increasing presence in our community.
Unfortunately we won’t host Scoop-A-Thon on March 31st as planned, but we hope to reschedule soon and will share a new date in the coming months. We are actively monitoring reports, and as soon as we can safely do so, we will get Scoop-A-Thon on the calendar. Thank you for understanding.
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