The Queen's Commonwealth Trust, a network of young change-makers across the Commonwealth, has tweeted out support for the Black Lives Matter movement, and against the rampant racial injustices occurring around the world today. This statement, which was issued on Twitter, comes as protests and outrage erupt worldwide over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.
"Young people are vital voices in the fight against injustice and racism around the world. As a global community of young leaders we stand together in pursuit of fairness and a better way forward," reads the Tweet.
The statement then showed support for Black Lives Matter, a global movement against systematic racism and violence.
"Silence is not an option," the tweet continued, "#BlackLivesMatter."
A photo was also attached with a quote by Martin Luther King Jr., which reads: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
We all have the power to effect positive change.— The Queen's Commonwealth Trust (@queenscomtrust) June 1, 2020
It is time to speak up and speak out. Time to have uncomfortable conversations with ourselves and with others. Time to educate ourselves and unlearn.
Time to come together and build a better future as one.
Shortly after issuing the initial statement, the Commonwealth Trust shared a followup, encouraging individuals to speak up, advocate for justice, educate themselves, and help create a brighter future.
"We all have the power to effect positive change," the statement read. "It is time to speak up and speak out. Time to have uncomfortable conversations with ourselves and with others. Time to educate ourselves and unlearn. Time to come together and build a better future as one."
The Commonwealth Trust is just one of many organizations voicing their support for racial equality right now, and more generally, the Trust acts as a way for young people to engage with global change and connect with one another. Queen Elizabeth is patron of the Trust; Prince Harry serves as its president; and Meghan was named vice president last year.
"We champion, fund and connect young leaders who are working hard to change the world," states the organization's website.
"We use our network, platform and resources, built and shaped together with young people, to demonstrate the leadership, energy and optimism of young people across the Commonwealth and their enormous potential to create a better future for everyone."
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