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Longmont Multicultural Action Committee (LMAC) Issues Statement of Solidarity
The Longmont Multicultural Action Committee (LMAC) has issued a Statement of Solidary in response to the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Rayshard Brooks. Established in 2002 by City Council following the findings of a community needs and asset assessment among Boulder County Latino residents, LMAC has worked with the community to create strategic actions to help make Longmont a caring and inclusive community. The Committee has tackled objectives in a number of critical areas including education, health, housing, culture and community involvement by creating engaging opportunities for residents to learn about and celebrate the many different cultures represented in our community.
LMAC has organized and co-sponsored a number of cultural festivals and other events throughout Longmont, including the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, the Chinese New Year celebration, Inclusive Communities and the Day of the Dead events. In addition, LMAC administers an ongoing yearly Cultural Grant Program that awards funds to organizations planning inclusive community events, created the “Tamales and Talk” community dialogue initiative, and has partnered and collaborated with local organizations to offer cultural competency training.
For more information about LMAC and to view a list of educational resources about racial equity and social justice, please visit their website.
LMAC’s Statement of Solidarity
The Longmont Multicultural Action Committee (LMAC) stands in solidarity with those who demand civil rights and social justice for all during this devastating and heartbreaking time in our country. The members of LMAC share a collective commitment to building community by engaging and learning to bridge cultural differences that value diversity and inclusion among the Longmont community.
LMAC has worked for many years to build community through education, celebration, and crucial conversations that help our community move toward the removal of barriers. Our strength as a community depends on our ability to understand, value, and recognize communities of color and LGBTQ as important assets. Taking action to identify obstacles is key to removing injustice and creating equity that will enable future generations to have access to social, economic, and political power. The work begins within ourselves: question our own beliefs, learn about the history of this nation and the history of our own community in Longmont, and understand how our role in society has played a part in where we are today and how it will continue to play a part moving forward.
We believe in the people of Longmont working together to be a caring and inclusive community—proud to embrace, respect, and celebrate each other.
With Respect and In Solidarity,
The Longmont Multicultural Action Committee