FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Alyssa Ritterstein
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the “My Brother’s Keeper” Task Force released a report detailing their initial recommendations to President Obama on how to help young men of color overcome barriers to opportunity and achievement. The President also called on Americans to become long-term mentors at WH.gov/mybrotherskeeper.
In response to the report and call to action, Green for All Executive Director Nikki Silvestri issued the following statement:
Statement by GFA Executive Director Nikki Silvestri
Young men of color are being left behind. Today, the President’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Task Force took a much-needed step towards creating opportunities and increasing the livelihood of these men. Their report listed clear recommendations on how we can further lift barriers to success, enabling communities of color to leap forward.
As a nation, we talk about liberty and justice for all. The President and partners from all sectors of society are taking action. I’m asking that you do too. Join me in part of my lifelong work.
As a child, my parents took in foster boys. My brothers were black and brown and I know that by loving them, I might have saved their lives in many moments. As an African American woman, I know that “My Brother’s Keeper” is so much more than a good idea – it’s a vehicle to bring hope to young men that need to know we support them, and consider them our family. Listen to the President’s call and become a long-term mentor for these young men of color.
At Green for All, we support “My Brother’s Keeper.” The initiative opens doors and improves life chances for young men of color. For us, improving life chances also includes combatting climate change and pollution, which are additional barriers that too many of our young boys of color and their communities face, and investing in a green economy that creates jobs that lift people out of poverty.
The Task Force’s report brings us closer to enabling young men of color from communities on the frontlines of pollution and poverty to rebuild their neighborhoods into cleaner, healthier communities for generations to come.