SIIA Statement on Racial Injustice, Violence and Social Unrest

For Immediate Release:
SIIA Contact: Michelle Harris, (202) 789- 4450 


“This Cannot Stand”

SIIA Statement on Racial Injustice, Violence and Social Unrest

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 1, 2020)— The following statement was issued today by Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) President Jeff Joseph:

“This weekend, a divided America burned. SIIA joins a grieving nation and the individual families, friends, and businesses devastated by recent events. Racism, discrimination, and brutality run counter to American ideals. For too long we have too often failed to live up those cherished ideals. Our country’s painful legacy of racial bias has contributed to widening inequality, declining opportunities for advancement, and the growing sense of despair, threatening not only our economy but the very soul of our great nation.

“This cannot stand.

“America's global leadership in innovation is born from our underlying strength – the magnificent diversity of our people. It is time for leaders across the private and public sectors to join together with thoughtful, meaningful action to heal our communities. We must address the underlying inequalities, racial biases, and discrimination that have plagued our country for far too long, SIIA is committed to this effort for the sake of our employees, our members, and our nation.

“We must live up to the moment history has handed us. That is the least we owe to the memory of George Floyd and countless other innocents who have lost their lives senselessly.”

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