BLACK LIVES MATTER
For over 400years Black lives have endured the harsh and unwarranted realities of systemic racism and institutional power imbalances. The recent horrific murders of #AhmaudArbery #BreonnaTaylor and #GeorgeFloyd
added three new entries to the names remembered and chanted as battle cries at rallies and protests. Lives that should still be here ... breathing.
As we work through the vast mix of emotions we have felt (frustration, anger, hurt, disappointment, confusion, disbelief, numbness) we return to our work with a renewed and deepened commitment to continue fighting for justice, for the overlooked, undervalued, and mistreated, and for systemic change that will create a new narrative and inclusive path forward for this country. We will continue to do this through our policy and planning work, as well as expanding our resource offerings, writing, and speaking to ensure we all acknowledge and understand our past, have the proper training to address inequities, and work to build effective collaborative coalitions for inclusive growth moving forward.
The year 2020 has presented stark and disturbing reminders of just how much work remains to be done. We recognize we can’t do it alone, but we know that when we each do our part to effect change in our sphere of influence, hold our elected officials accountable, and refuse to settle for less than justice. We will win this war - together.
We encourage you to join us in speaking up, speaking out, voting in local and national elections, and staying committed to creating the change we want to see in our communities - regardless of how difficult things become. We must not give up. We must continue to fight for a more inclusive future until we can all enjoy the fullness of the rich promise of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."