03 Jun We are Stronger Together
Dear Members and Sustainers,
For us, the events of the past week have once again underscored the severity and violence of racism that our communities experience in the United States and across the world every day. We’ve seen and felt the hurt and anger on display at the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed and restrained Black man – the latest in a long line of senseless deaths. We’ve watched as citizens across our country unite and descend upon our cities to protest in response to racial injustice.
As Junior League leaders, we cannot stay silent and sit on the sidelines, watching as our community feels the heaviness of this grief.
In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, this week has again raised the veil on the racial inequities that are pervasive in our cities and in our countries. Seeing racial turmoil unfold in our communities is particularly painful and difficult to witness.
It is easy to feel helpless in the face of the racism and inequality so deeply rooted within our culture, but we are not powerless. As Junior League women, we aim to be civic leaders, working to build a stronger community and striving for leadership excellence. As such, many of our members are asking what they can do to create real change and alleviate the pain experienced by people of color in our community.
Now is the time for us to stand together, and call upon each other to transform our community for the better – a process that starts from within. We must hold ourselves accountable for our own racism. We must do the work. We must be willing to feel humiliated and be vulnerable. We must speak out and we must be visible. We have to know when to be quiet and listen – and when to speak up. We must be dedicated to continuous learning, to voting, and to being allies.
For Junior League members and others in our community who are subject to racial prejudice – know that we stand with you in this fight for justice. We are committed to evaluating all aspects of the Junior League of Fort Collins through the lens of equity and inclusion. Last year, the Board formally adopted an anti-discrimination statement and made diversity, equity, and inclusion a strategic priority for our organization. This year, our President Elect will form a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee with representatives from each of our councils – Membership and Training, Community Programs, Communications, and Finance – to ensure that all aspects of our programs and committees are operated with diversity, equity, and inclusion in mind.
We are committed to making our organization an ally in the fight against racial injustice, and we recognize that this is a continuous process that will change and evolve over time. If you have feedback on how we can strengthen these efforts, or if you want to play an active role in this process, please reach out to Alison or Morgan.
Be well. Stay safe and take care of one another.
This letter was sent to all Junior League Fort Collins Members and Sustainers on June 2, 2020.