Citizens Above Partisanship joins the overwhelming majority of our community, spanning the political and ideological spectrum, in heartbreak and outrage over the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many others. Like you, we condemn the racist behavior that continues to lead to disproportionate violence against the African American community. We stand with communities of color in Washington County and around the country. We also support the efforts of those in the law enforcement community who seek to end discriminatory policing and ensure the safety and security of all community members, and we call for replacing violence and looting with meaningful dialogue and substantive action.
Our country, and our community, is living through so much right now that it can be difficult to feel hopeful. Yet hope is what keeps us going as human beings – the hope that we can overcome the obstacles facing us and that tomorrow will be better than today. At CAP, we believe that overcoming those obstacles is easier when we do it together. That belief inspired the formation of our organization three years ago, and it has guided us since then in providing public forums for discussion of issues ranging from education to the local economy to race relations in Washington County.
We also believe that our work together is more effective when our political leaders prioritize community over partisan polarization. It is critical that we identify, support, and ultimately elect qualified candidates for local offices who represent the diversity of Washington County and who will cooperate across party lines to help us move ahead stronger than before. Now more than ever, CAP is committed to doing that.