A note from the president
I normally write to you each week with genuine enthusiasm for our downtown and our community. Today like many of you, this note is written with a heavy heart. The week started with a disturbing video of a black man named George Floyd having his life taken under the knee of a police officer. Last night we saw fires, riots, looting, and chaos. And don’t forget that we are living through a pandemic that claimed a record number of lives this week in Minnesota.
And yet, I have hope.
This morning, encouraging comments from the Governor and Mayor Carter let us know that we have new, additional resources to help us in this situation. While it is often imperfect, I have hope that our judicial system will render justice and continue to improve. I have hope that we will come together as a community and redouble our commitment to racial equity. And I have hope that this downtown community I love so dearly will heal and grow for all of us, and be better than ever before.
While we are passionate about the need for protest and free speech to address injustice, we must also stand against wanton destruction. We’ll keep working to find more ways to bring us together safely. Thank you to all of you for maintaining your commitment and passionate investment in our shared community.
Stay safe and be well,
Saint Paul Downtown Alliance