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ISTR Board Statement on Social Justice

Thursday, June 18, 2020  
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The ISTR Board stands in solidarity with people around the world taking a stand in protest against systemic racism and violence against people of colour. The very public murder of George Floyd in the USA is a tragic loss to those who loved him and has come to symbolise the oppressive history of race relations in the USA and the wider systemic violations of human rights against minority populations that have taken place, and continue to take place, across the world. ISTR is a global community of researchers and practitioners who seek social justice via the building of knowledge about and the practical delivery of services and other support to people who are excluded or oppressed and supports transformative change that addresses inequality and social exclusion. The third sector is central to the mobilization and support of people seeking positive social change and the hope that we can all witness this happening in the most peaceful way possible. The ISTR Board also acknowledges the added suffering from the coronavirus pandemic, which has affected and devastated communities across the world, and recognizes the now evident vulnerability of people of colour, particularly where economic status and race ensure that those populations are at greater risk. The ISTR Board calls upon the wider membership of ISTR to share these sentiments of support in our research and actions going forward in these turbulent times.  

Ruth Phillips, ISTR President, on behalf of the ISTR Board of Directors 

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