In solidarity: A message from the Alliance Board of Directors
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Alliance for Nonprofit Management community:
The protests and civil unrest from the last week are an unmistakable and painful reminder of the structural racism that continues to exist across our nation, states, and communities.
We are reminded that as human beings and capacity builders, we must explicitly speak out against the racism, violence, and injustice faced by George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and far too many others killed before them. We must also confront the disproportionate impact that COVID-19 has had on Black communities.
We don’t have all of the answers and we’ll be honest: empty words are not helpful. But we do know that we cannot be silent. We must step forward more strenuously to do our part to dismantle the policies, systems, and culture that permit attacks on Black lives and communities.
The Alliance for Nonprofit Management stands in solidarity with those on the frontlines in communities across the nation peacefully calling for the dismantling of racist systems, insisting upon justice, and demanding an end to violence against people of color.
We must do more to act proactively and collectively in building a movement to dismantle the racism that pervades American society. We all must be more involved in, encourage, and support activism in its many forms: from public displays of solidarity to contacting elected officials to signing petitions to reading and better understanding structural racism.
This heartbreaking and challenging time is also a past due moment of opportunity for foundations and nonprofit organizations to shift our work and take major steps forward toward equity and inclusion. As capacity builders, we vow to seize this opportunity ourselves and to support and encourage our members in also doing the same.
And so we amplify and add our voice to all those calling for and working for justice. We will make room to talk about white supremacy. And we challenge ourselves – all of us as capacity builders – to do more and to do more better.
Support your local chapter of Black Lives Matter
Connect with the Alliance’s Advancing Racial Equity community of practice
Find out more about Crossroads, RoadMap, and the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond and their anti-racism work as resources for individuals and organizations to learn more about undoing racism
Check out Showing Up for Racial Justice and the active petitions and campaigns from Color of Change
To those of you leading and organizing during this critical time you have our heartfelt thanks. Please know that we stand with you, committed fully to the work to build just, equitable, and resilient communities through our work.
With hopes for change and stronger tomorrows,
The Alliance Board of Directors