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Statement on the Deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile & the 5 Officers in Dallas

July 8, 2016

We took the AmeriCorps pledge to make communities safer, stronger, and healthier. The events of the last few days are a brutal reminder that we have much work ahead. Injustice and hope, disparity and possibility: this is why we were called to serve. This is why we continue to serve. Our commitment to the pledge is not separate or apart from our response to the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, or Officers Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Lorne Ahrens, and Michael J. Smith. It is our pledge. We will bring Americans together to strengthen our communities. Faced with apathy, take action. Faced with conflict, seek common ground. Faced with adversity, persevere.

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