STATEMENT ON RACIAL INJUSTICE
Yet again, our country is roiling from the repeated, appalling miseries of racial injustice, racial profiling, unjustified violence towards African Americans, and senseless killings.
I have talked to many clients and friends the last few days. All of us have all responded with sadness, anger, worry, fear, and outrage due to the lack of justice and equity. Today, I saw Terrance Floyd, brother of George, sit on the spot where he was killed, and it brought tears to see the grief and humanity, the unfairness. We see protests and calls for action, action we hope desperately to see in our time.
I hope it is clear that Shorehaven stands in support of equal opportunity, care, diversity, and justice for every staff member and client and our community, regardless of race or ethnicity, or any other status. We are so aware of structural racism in health care, education, political representation, employment opportunities, housing, earnings, community investment, freedom of movement, and liberty.
Kathy Schwengel wrote these words today. We have the ability to perform impactful work that helps to bring justice and equity to our community. We carry the distinct opportunity to collaborate with influential individuals and organizations that are both steering and commanding change. And we have the talent to craft those messages and help make their voices heard. For that, we should feel proud to be a part of a company that can carry that message.
Still, we can do more. Get out of your comfort zone. Educate yourself. Take time to walk in someone else's shoes. Recognize that words matter. Check your unconscious biases. Be compassionate and understanding. Be kind. Show kindness.
Many of you attended our two trainings on racial trauma. We must be aware of the devastating impact of these experiences on the psyches of our clients and on our own reactions. People should not be frightened in their own communities, especially from actions by agents of government.
A further dismaying indignity is how our federal leadership provides only thoughts of punishment and threats of force. We see no effort at justice, understanding, empathy, and conciliation.
The injustice must stop. We stand for equality, justice, and healing.
STATEMENT ON COMMUNITY VIOLENCE
July 21, 2016