A Statement from Anne Murdaugh, Chair of the Democratic Party of Denver.
08/05/2016 - With a saddened soul and a determined heart, I would like to take a moment to acknowledge the violence in our country and extend my heartfelt condolences to all of the families who have been impacted by the events in Mississippi, Minnesota, Louisiana, Texas and in cities throughout our nation. As we come together to mourn, ask why or why again, and try to make sense of what we can do, it's important to remember that these events have not happened in a vacuum, that they are the result of systemic racism, and that we have an obligation to stand up against the power structures that have allowed these trends to continue.
As Denver county residents, we are not strangers to gun violence and differing opinions, but we have a wonderful opportunity to take the lead as a community and come together to design common-sense solutions along with a pathway to healing. We can learn from our brothers and sisters around the globe about acknowledging our ills, and formulating true reconciliation.
As we spend more time outdoors with family and friends, knocking on doors, attending events for great Democratic candidates, and having discussions with co-workers and people in our places of worship, we can lead the way to turn conversations from anger and frustration to empathy, truth, and togetherness. This is our best start on the path to healing. In a time when it is easier to stay confused, silent, and divided, I look forward to standing with our fellow Denver Democrats, to promote understanding, unity, and healing for our community and country.