Our team gathered as we do on all Monday mornings to share, connect, and kick off the week together. But this week there was an overwhelming need to connect over only one topic: the pervasive violence against black and brown bodies, the systems that defend and uphold this violence, and the responsibility of people of conscience to act.
We shared deep sadness, righteous anger, fear, frustration, hope, and hopelessness. We questioned ourselves and each other and our roles in anti-blackness and systemic racism. We yelled about privilege and power and cried over the pain and injustice it creates. We were vulnerable and obstinate. We were supportive and combative. We were, and are, torn up inside.
It is clear that all of the missions of the members of the Colorado Nonprofit Association are impacted by systemic racism: health, education, arts, hunger, recreation – there is no exception. We feel your outrage, your helplessness, and your fire.
As we dig deeper and grow our understanding of how we, as individuals and as an organization, will actively promote the dismantling of white supremacy, we want you to know we are walking with you. Maybe beside you, in front of you, or behind you.
We are committed to learning how to take on anti-oppression work, with you as our partner. As people who have committed their careers to build and support thriving communities, we have to do the work. As a leader of the nonprofit sector, if we don’t show up for racial justice, the work of the nonprofit sector will be in vain.
A year from now, five years from now, a generation from now, we want to be able to look back on 2020 as the tipping point for radical change because enough is enough, and silence was never an appropriate response.
Together, let us commit to propelling the revolution and ending systemic racism because Black Lives Matter.
- from the Colorado Nonprofit Association team -