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The Union of Concerned Scientists and issues regarding institutional racism.

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The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), is a science advocacy group whose mission is "to use rigorous, independent science to solve our planet's most pressing problems."   For more than 50 years the UCS has played an important role in raising and addressing important scientific problems in the public forum. Now the UCS is dealing with an issue that has been recognized throughout the scientific enterprise and which it acknowledges exists in their own organization: institutional racism.

Recently Ruth Tyson, a Black staff member resigned in mid-June from UCS over frustration she experienced as one of the few Blacks in a predominately white organization. Upon resigning, she wrote an open letter to UCS, "An Open Letter to Union of Concerned Scientists: On Black Death, Black Silencing, and Black Fugitivity - An Affirmation of Black Life From a Concerned Black Human."  In response to Tyson's letter, the UCS just recently published "An Open Letter to Supporters and Partners" addressing the concerns raised by Ruth Tyson while she worked at UCS.  The UCS's letter acknowledged issues of institutional racism, and immediate steps they are taking to address these issues.

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