Today, NAIOP Massachusetts made the decision to cancel this afternoon’s State of the Market program. We made this decision because we believe that now is a pivotal moment in history where attention should be focused on what has been ignored for far too long – hundreds of years of brutality, racism and inequity throughout the United States of America.
NAIOP applauds the peaceful protests that have occurred around the country and here in the Commonwealth. While COVID-19 has pushed us into unusual and unprecedented times, the systemic issues being protested in recent days were with us long before the pandemic.
NAIOP is about more than just buildings, which can be repaired. We are about strengthening our communities. Our collective voice is strong – and must be used to amplify those voices that are not heard. It is incumbent upon all of us to bring attention to these injustices now, and always. While NAIOP does not have all of the answers, we are committed to learning and working with all of you to advance much needed change.
Today, we urge you to take time to look within and support programs and organizations like YWBoston that work each and every day to fight racial injustice. Change is needed and the time is now.
Tamara Small, CEO
Reesa Fischer, Executive Director