Working in the immigration space, Grossman Young & Hammond is well-acquainted with the realities of systemic racism. However, the events of the past week shed a new and chilling light on just how deep these prejudiced currents run within our own government and the agencies purportedly established to protect and serve us all. We are saddened, angry and grieving.
As a law firm dedicated to the preservation of justice and protection of constitutional and human rights, we are compelled to express our outrage at the suppression of peaceful protests by the White House and, most importantly, to voice our support for all those who denounce racism and promote equality and humanitarian protection.
The right to peacefully assemble with others in protest is critical to a functioning democracy and at the core of the First Amendment. Those who have faith in American democracy and institutions also believe that this country is different, better, more tolerant because of its unwavering adherence to the principles enshrined in the Constitution, which are considered essential to the protection of basic, unalienable rights. How then do we find ourselves here? What happens to unalienable rights when leaders prioritize photo opportunities over the rights of peaceful protestors? When did America smother its torch for the “huddled masses yearning to breathe free?”
Grossman Young & Hammond stands in solidarity with the fight against racism and police brutality, and we will continue to advocate tenaciously for equal rights on behalf of all of our clients and their communities. We will continue to strive and reach for the real change that is required to maintain the great promise of America, no matter the color of your skin, your religion, your socio-economic background, or where you come from. This is our firm promise to our clients, to our community, and to ourselves.
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