Like you, we are deeply affected by the violence and inequities experienced by communities and people of color during these tumultuous times. The inequitable impacts and experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as brutality targeting African Americans and protestors have taken a toll on our society. Individually and collectively we cannot and will not accept the systemic neglect and aggression that have perpetuated this reality.
We know that many of you are on the frontlines of these issues, responding to tragedies; protesting in the streets; engaging in conscious capitalism; providing important services; leading organizations confronting injustice; and working to change the cultures and structures that have perpetuated unbearable suffering and loss. Thank you. We cannot begin to tell you how much we appreciate the effort and risks you are taking in pursuit of better health and a better world.
We know that many of you are on the frontlines of these issues. We cannot begin to tell you how much we appreciate the effort and risks you are taking in pursuit of better health and a better world.
As we enter this summer season, our hope is that communities will stand strong and leaders will emerge to guide America through this pandemic and across the deep racial divides that hold the true American dream hostage. Coupled with equitable government action, we can begin to provide relief to under-resourced communities hardest hit by the pandemic and racially motivated violence while holding failed leaders and perpetrators accountable for their actions and inactions.
CommonHealth ACTION has sharpened our focus and is expanding our capacity to train individuals and organizations that commit to be equitable, diverse, inclusive, and anti-racist – virtually. By expanding the reach of our training, we are expanding our support of people who experience inequities, violence, and anti-Black racism while we cultivate allies for equity and justice. Over the past few weeks, we have provided hundreds of hours of pro bono counsel and resources to people and organizations on how to stand in this moment, determine the best strategies, and act to create meaningful change. In addition, we are more committed now than ever to directing our dollars to Black and minority businesses.
Throughout these challenges, we remain hopeful. The volume of outreach we have received from dozens of entities and countless people throughout the country, genuinely seeking solutions, confirms that this time can be more than a moment. It can be a movement, and we plan to be part of it.
This time can be more than a moment. It can be a movement, and we plan to be part of it.
Whether you are new to the fight or you have been on this journey for a lifetime, CommonHealth ACTION is here for you. We are with you.
Natalie S. Burke, President & CEO