As we witness the pain of systemic racism perpetuated generation after generation, we commit ourselves to being part of the solution rooted in justice and centered around equity. We stand with the Black community, commit to elevating the voices of our partners, and support systemic solutions against racism, hate, and violence.
Ruth Browne, President and CEO
"We must forge a path that secures a positive future for all of us, and for those who will come behind us to lead at every level."
"...if we want to bring about real change, then the choice isn’t between protest and politics. We have to do both. We have to mobilize to raise awareness, and we have to organize and cast our ballots to make sure that we elect candidates who will act on reform."
"Phrased differently, it is white people (especially progressive white people) who are responsible for what happens now. Either they work to understand—and change—how white supremacy moves in and through their lives, hearts, minds, and spaces, or they decide they don’t have time, they’re too scared, they can’t deal with it, or, like Ms. Cooper, they linger in the fallacy that they could never be involved in a racist incident."
"Senior leadership must actively speak about this, whether they are uncomfortable or not. Their privilege must be used to make a difference. They should also signpost resources / donation links. If leadership feel uncomfortable about sharing or talking, that’s because of their privilege to not directly connect with this violence and racism."
"They don’t know what else to do. And it is the responsibility of us to make this better right now. We don’t want to see one officer charged, we want to see four officers prosecuted and sentenced. We don’t want to see targets burning, we want to see the system that sets up for systemic racism burnt to the ground."
Ibram X. Kendi
Sunshine Behavioral Health