The Toledo Bar Association joins the Nation in condemning the killing of George Floyd and the countless others who have experienced injustice because of the color of their skin.
We believe that black lives not only matter, but black lives are valued, black lives are worthy and black lives deserve justice. As lawyers, we are sworn to uphold the constitution of the United States and the constitution of the State of Ohio.
Accordingly, we have a responsibility to speak out and act against injustices and to condemn intolerance. In the words attributed to Benjamin Franklin, “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” The Toledo Bar Association pledges to work to promote and advance the values of inclusion and equal justice, which are fundamental principles of this organization and of the legal profession.
We will work within our Association and we will join the larger community in honest reflection, conversation and action to assure equal justice for all.