At CMHA, we want our clients, partners, and community to know where we stand on the vital issues that continue to impact their daily lives. Last week, CMHA’s Board of Directors and leadership released the following to all our staff:
"Like all of you, we are shocked and ashamed as we mourn the murder of George Floyd. The outpouring of grief and anger that has rolled across the country is justified, and has served to highlight the inequities that people of color face every day.
It reminds us that many of our clients, members of our community, and even our co-workers have experienced horrible injustices because of racism and the disparities in our society.
As an organization that prides itself on caring for our clients and staff, we find ourselves searching for ways to address the sadness, anger and fear we are experiencing. From there, how do we channel our emotions into actions that create meaningful change?"
Just as CMHA asked our employees for their ideas on how to begin a lasting and meaningful change in our understanding and respect for one another, we ask you – our friends and supporters – to share your thoughts with us.
We want your advice on how we as an organization can take a meaningful stand.
Tell us what we can do to help ease the pain and trauma that we are all experiencing.
We know that we may hear things that will make us uncomfortable, things that will make us question our beliefs and values – but we should. We can’t confront racism if we can’t acknowledge our need to listen, to be educated, and stay committed to lasting change.