Our Members have made statements opposing racism in all its forms, aiming to draw more attention to the actions and commitments being made throughout our region and encourage others to do their part. As we unite in our efforts we, commit to the vision that our differences indeed make us stronger.
Our hearts are heavy as we continue to mourn and grieve the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the many more unnamed here who have been affected by racial violence, both recently and through the years. The recent events surrounding racial injustice in our communities and the country have sparked various forms of activism challenging the systems and structures built on racist ideologies that are as old as the nation itself. As an organization, we share your anger, fear, sadness, and disappointment over the acts of racism and injustice. The leadership team has vowed to face pain with purpose. We know that we cannot act as though it is business as usual because it is not.
The change needed that will create equity and justice in this country will not happen quickly – these are long-term systems and undertakings requiring the ability to recognize and speak out against racism, to build relationships across different sectors of our community, and begin to see the steps we can take individually and collectively to work toward change.
There will be difficult conversations in the days and weeks that lie ahead. We’ll continue to work to create space for these discussions because they are important. Let us all try to take a little extra time today – and in the days that will follow – to show empathy and kindness to ourselves, to our colleagues, to our clients, and to our community partners as we work through this difficult time together.
Racist actions against people of color have permeated our country since its founding. We have been here so many times before, when change has been called for, promised, and never fulfilled. The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and, most recently, David McAtee are the most recent examples of this.
The protest that was organized in our community by Black Lives Matter on Saturday was an inspiring moment when thousands took a stand, marched, and raised their voices to say, “No more.” We stand with our Black employees, customers, and community members who experience the continuing racism that has led to the lack of equity in employment opportunities, education, housing, health outcomes, laws, and law enforcement in Black and Brown communities throughout Rochester, and across the nation.
We must, and will, hold ourselves accountable to be an agent of change as an active member of our community because we believe that a healthy, resilient, and equitable Greater Rochester region for all residents must be achieved. We will work as an ally and advocate to those fighting to realize equity and equality. We will ensure that equity continues to be embedded into all our work—from the customer experience, to our products, to our internal culture, to our investments in community impact initiatives.
No one person or organization can do this alone. Collective, community-wide action to put an end to these inequities must exist if we are to bring about the change that is so sorely needed. We urge all of Greater Rochester to speak up and take action.
An equitable community for every resident must be our collective mission. But as long as racism persists throughout our lives, our systems, our institutions, then that cannot be.
That cannot be acceptable. Not to any of us.
Let this be the moment where we all make change a reality – BLACK LIVES MATTER.
NCBI Rochester adds its voice to the many organizations in the greater Rochester region and across the nation condemning the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor while being detained by police or perpetrators acting on their behalf. We are coming to the realization that there are two pandemics in our midst: the COVID-19 virus and the virus of institutional racism. As an organization committed to ending racism in all its forms, we grieve the loss of human life, the violence of hate and the trauma inflicted upon communities of color generation after generation.
We are united as a community. We welcome your partnership and creative thinking as we commit to uphold and sustain a just and equitable society for all. No more silos. No more denial. Nothing less than restoring our full humanity. Deep listening, compassionate engagement and bold acts of courage are what will lead us to that reality.
Paychex is dedicated to fostering a culture of intentional Inclusion and Diversity (I&D). This lies within our strong sense of belonging and opportunity for all, unique employee benefits, and inclusive work environments. Through embracing individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, self-expression, unique capabilities, and talents, we deliver first-class service with agility and innovative solutions.
Our valued employees and commitment to I&D is the essence of our internal and external success. Inclusivity is a key value of our corporate culture and is exemplified through our reputation as a top employer for employee development, diversity, and ethics, as well as a laser focus on fairness in recruitment, selection, and decision making.
It is Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York’s (PPCWNY) commitment to actively work against racism, oppression and white supremacy. As an organization, we understand and acknowledge that the very foundation of this country was built on systemic racism and the free labor of enslaved Black people. We understand and acknowledge that white supremacy and systemic racism permeate every American institution – including our own. PPCWNY publicly recognizes and names the well-documented racism and violence of our organization’s past — from experiments on Black bodies; to testing the birth control pill on low-income women in Puerto Rico often without their consent; to the forced sterilization of Black women; to the lack of access to sexual and reproductive freedom that persists for Black women and many women of color today. We cannot address structural racism or white supremacy in this country without continuing to look inward and making changes within our own organization.
PPCWNY stands in solidarity with those demanding change and racial equity. As we grow wiser in these moments, we will use our power, privilege and position as public health leaders to care for, and to protect Black communities and communities of color —no matter what. Planned Parenthood stands publicly and proudly in solidarity with those working to dismantle white supremacy and raise structural racism as a public health crisis.
We write you today to share our sadness, anger and fear, and to tell you that if you are feeling the same you are not wrong. You are not wrong to feel a sense of immense loss and grief over the murder of George Floyd. You are not wrong to feel angry, hopeless, and frustrated with the structural and systemic racism that creates barriers to opportunity and inspires ignorance, bigotry, and violence. You are not wrong to feel outrage when you see the video of a white woman calling the police on Christian Cooper, simply for asking her to put her dog on a leash.
It is okay to feel what you’re feeling. We are feeling it too. At a time when our country is facing the greatest health crisis in a generation—a crisis that is disproportionately killing black and brown people—we are forced to deal with painful reminders of hate and discrimination.
But we also write today to tell you that you are not alone. We are concerned for those in our community who are grieving and who are afraid. We can assure you that you are part of a University of Rochester community that cares for you, respects you, and wants you to succeed. We know our community is not perfect. It is subject to the same social challenges that we see in cities and communities across the country. But we take comfort in knowing that our institution will always strive to do better.
In light of the recent events in Minneapolis and around the country, however, it is clear that words of acknowledgement and comfort are not enough. Community-engaged action is needed. We must continue to educate and empower each other to be committed champions of diversity, equity, and inclusion. In the coming weeks, the Office of Equity and Inclusion will produce a series of roundtable podcasts to bring together the voices and views of our community. It is our hope that these open, honest, and courageous conversations will be a platform to discuss real issues through a racial and social justice lens. More than just talk, we intend to have conversations that inspire action.
Lastly, we want to say that it is okay if you are struggling. We have all been witness to egregious acts of hate and intolerance in recent days, but these incidents follow years – centuries – of injustice. We encourage you to contact the Office of Equity and Inclusion so we can help connect you with the appropriate resources. Of course, if you are a student at the University of Rochester, the University Counseling Center (UCC) and the CARE Resource Center are available to help. If you are an employee, you can find services and support through the Employee Assistance Program.
Wishing you all peace and strength in solidarity,
Sarah C. Mangelsdorf
When we reflect on recent and devastating events surrounding the death of George Floyd, along with the history of injustice towards the Black community, we are especially concerned about how this must be affecting our people, our customers, and the communities we serve. We’ve reached out to many of our people during this time and we’ve heard from many more. We’ve had various conversations to help us understand how to show our support and solidarity and how we can grow. We listened and we heard, and we have more work to do. So, as we seek to understand more fully, together, we will learn what changes and improvements we need to make as a company.
We come together and stand with the Black community in condemning racial injustice of any kind, and reiterate we have zero tolerance for racial discrimination at Wegmans.
We recognize our country needs to eliminate this injustice entirely, and truly be a great place to live for all. We believe that the best way for us to affect this change is to continue on our journey to be the best possible place to work for all people – and the best place to shop where all feel welcome.
We are a family company, brought together by a strong sense of shared values that are as important today as ever before. Our values begin with caring, high standards, and respect for all people. We believe these values are the root of our success and we all help to make a difference when we each live our values more visibly. We are committed to continuous improvement, and we make the commitment, every day you get our best.
The YMCA of Greater Rochester is committed to being a part of the solution.
The Y is FOR ALL and we don't tolerate racism. The YMCA of Greater Rochester is a place where every member of our community can peacefully come together, unite, and build a stronger us.
Our Y core values from a platform that strengthens the foundations of our community through the promotion of equity and equitable youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
The YMCA of Greater Rochester will continue to listen. We will continue to learn. We are committed to action and standing up against racism, prejudice, and violence in the communities we serve.
Black Lives Matter.
And we are committed to bring a part of the solution.
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