Dear Esperanza family,
Yesterday, the jury in the trial of Derek Chauvin found him guilty on all counts for the murder of George Floyd. It is a moment of both sadness and relief as we reflect on how George Floyd’s life was tragically taken and the work ahead for our nation. We hope that it can start to pave the way for greater accountability at all levels of law enforcement and the criminal justice system.
Every human life is valuable – worthy of dignity and respect. We encourage our community to take a stand against racism, anti-blackness, and injustice whenever and wherever we see it, and to use our voices to promote healing and accountability, grounded in truth.
Esperanza will continue to educate and equip the future leaders of tomorrow and to raise awareness about the importance of civic engagement to create change. There is a generation that will be empowered to know that our fellow brothers and sisters are not our enemies; to take time to understand, appreciate and value the differences in others; and to mourn with those who mourn. (Rom. 12:15).
Esperanza has a history of fighting for civil rights dating back to its founding by the Hispanic Clergy of Philadelphia. It is our confident hope that members of the Esperanza community will continue to influence various sectors throughout our society to ensure greater visibility and justice for people of color. Together, we can continue to build a community, and a nation, where we all aspire to live.
The Reverend Luis Cortés Jr.
Esperanza President, Founder & CEO