A Message from University Settlement

In full support of the democratic right to dissent and protest, we join with many other voices of outrage across the country to call for justice for George Floyd. As our African-American staff, family members and communities express righteous anger at the injustice they face every day, we share in it and stand with them in solidarity.

我們全力支持人們擁有發表異見及抗議的民主權利,為此,我們與全國各地許多其他憤怒的聲音一起呼籲,為非洲裔男子佛洛伊德(George Floyd)伸張正義。當我們的非裔美國人員工、家庭成員以及社區,為自己每日所遭遇的不公不義而憤怒發聲時,我們感同身受並與他們團結一致。

En total apoyo al derecho democrático a disentir y protestar, nos unimos a muchas otras voces de indignación en todo el país para pedir justicia para George Floyd. A medida que nuestro personal afroamericano, los miembros de la familia y las comunidades expresan una ira justa por la injusticia que enfrentan todos los días, compartimos y nos solidarizamos con ellos.

University Settlement also signed on to this letter as part of the United Neighborhood Houses:

“George Floyd’s murder is not an isolated incident, but rather part of a deadly and familiar trend. The senseless killing of black and brown people by police officers is a public health emergency our country has the power to stop. Leaders and policy makers must grapple with our history of white supremacy and acknowledge how power, privilege, and oppression continues to shape daily life in America before we can ever hope to live in a country where communities of color are truly free.

New York’s settlement houses have been progressive leaders in this State for over a century and continue to speak out against racial injustices while building inclusive communities. Today they fight racist ideology in public policy debates from so-called “voter ID laws” to the discrimination against Asian Americans during the coronavirus outbreak to the higher social-distancing arrests and summons in communities of color. During a global pandemic, we have seen the stark consequences of that racist ideology laid bare as black and brown New Yorkers are dying at twice the rate of their white neighbors.

United Neighborhood Houses continues to reckon with America’s racist legacy, and together with our member settlement houses, we affirm our commitment to serving as allies, listening when challenged, and leveraging what power and privilege we have to fight systemic racism. We stand shoulder to shoulder with settlement houses in extending our deepest condolences to George Floyd’s family while repeating the mantra that has shaped the latest iteration of America’s long-running battle for civil rights: Black Lives Matter.”

And here are some English for Speakers of Other Languages Lesson Resources related to the protests:

Breaking News English

Reading, listening, vocab, and comprehension exercises at three different levels

News in Levels

Reading, vocab, and video for three different levels

Share My Lesson

Video, reading, discussion questions – somewhat advanced


VOA has a series of articles and videos, but no vocab or comprehension activities – intermediate to advanced


Registration required but free – intermediate but maybe good for high beginning too, listening and discussion questions, audio can be slowed down


Registration required but free – you can change the reading level from intermediate to advanced

ESL Library

Registration required but free – a very good set of intermediate reading, vocab, listening, and comprehension exercises

And here are some photos to use for discussion or writing using vocabulary from the above lessons:

NY Times

New York Magazine

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