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  • Board chairman issues statement on racial unrest

    Supervisor Ramón Valadez, chairman of the Pima County Board of Supervisors, posted a statement on social media May 30 in response to the death of George Floyd, whose death has led to widespread protests across the country against police violence.
    Ramón Valadez
    Here's the full statement:

    Let us mourn the death of our fellow American, Mr. George Floyd. As Americans, we must NEVER accept nor tolerate the senseless death of any human being. We must never tolerate racism or intolerance in any form. There are many emotions that we can rightfully feel and it is okay to feel them.

    Going forward, we must be One Pima County. Let us come together and show compassion, empathy, and kindness as we start the healing process. Let us turn the emotions that we feel today into positive change for tomorrow. We can begin by agreeing to stop allowing ourselves to become fractured. We are all human.

    As we look at others in our community, let us see the reflection of ourselves in them. Then, together, let us work on understanding the underlying causes. Where there are differences, let us be accepting and appreciate them. Then, and most importantly, let us work together so that we can end the senseless suffering. Let us be One Pima County.
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