For the last 40 years, the membership of AFTA has served to support the well being of families and communities - challenging the dehumanizing practices, policies, and underlying ideologies that perpetuate harm. Today, we mourn not only the death, injury and suffering caused by violent white supremacists, white nationalists and neo-nazis in Charlottesville this weekend, but the endorsement of those egregious actions by those in power.

As systemic thinkers and family therapists, we resist these assaults on our collective humanity. We celebrate those who bravely protested the hatred and bigotry espoused, and regretfully acknowledge the abhorrent familiarity of such terrorism.

In keeping with our mission, we call on our membership to join the chorus of fearless voices speaking out against white supremacy, anti-semitism, islamaphobia, homophobia, transphobia and xenophobia, and speaking up for justice, equity and love.

Sarah Berland, Family Policy and Human Rights Chair and Vicki Dickerson, AFTA President