Moving Forward

A statement from President & CEO Jorge Perez following the verdict of the Derek Chauvin trial.

Today, we grieve.
We grieve for George Floyd, for his family’s loss, for the pain so many in our Black and Brown communities are experiencing. While the verdict announced yesterday brought about unprecedented accountability, the simultaneous news of other senseless acts of violence continues.

The murder of George Floyd reignited long-overdue conversations in our country about racism, justice, and equity. As we move forward to strengthening the foundations of community, let us find ways to hold the hurt and grasp the good, nurturing healing and hope. Let us remain aligned with our families, friends, and neighbors of color, and all marginalized communities while acknowledging that systems will require unrelenting work.

Today, we commit.
The Y is made up of people of all ages and from every walk of life. “Together, we work to ensure that everyone, regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, ideology, income, national origin, race or sexual orientation, has the opportunity to reach their full potential with dignity.” We join with others to fight for a world that lives undivided.

Today, we lean in.
To continue to sustain environments that equitably support the achievement of goals, bridging of relationships, and fostering belonging for all.

Let’s continue our work.


YMCA of Greater Cincinnati