Today, we mourn the tragic and unnecessary deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and so many others whose names we will never know. We are outraged and we are devastated. Our hearts go out to their families and friends, and to any member of our community who fears for their safety, and the safety of their loved ones each and every day.
Their deaths are a direct reflection of the racism and violence that exists in our society and has, once again, brought to light the systemic racism that perversely exists in our own communities. It is time for change. We understand that real change is difficult – it cannot be done alone, nor can it be done without a daily commitment to doing the work. 2-1-1 has long worked to lift up solutions that strive to create racial equity, but the fact is we can do more. We know that our words are not enough – that they must be marked by action.
We are committed to doing the work internally. To listening, learning, facing discomfort and having real conversations amongst our staff as we commit to being an anti-racist organization. We commit to creating space and engaging in collective conversation and work with community partners across the state to demand change and advocate for dismantling systemic racism.
We commit to being better than we were yesterday and doing better tomorrow.