Dear Partners and Friends,
Like the rest of the country, we are heartbroken. We are heartbroken about the murder of George Floyd and for the countless others for whom this atrocity is yet another injustice. We are heartbroken for our beloved City of Philadelphia that, like all of America, has a complicated history of racial inequity that persists today.
But today, we are also hopeful. We have found hope in the peaceful protests we have seen – across the country and in Philadelphia. We are encouraged by the renewed commitment we see in companies to address racial inequity within their organizations and services they provide. We are hopeful about the steps many community groups and individuals are taking to try and address real change.
One small step that we are taking is to increase our support of organizations making a positive impact in Philadelphia. Two of those organizations include:
- Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey – A nonprofit whose mission is to inspire and empower all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. The organization addresses the unique needs of girls through outreach programming, advocacy, and education.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region – A nonprofit that empowers kids in our community to achieve their full potential through the power of one-to-one mentoring. There are nearly 1,300 local children on the waiting list for a mentor. And they need them now more than ever.
We are both involved with these organizations and feel passionate about their mission. We encourage you to look further into these groups or find one in your community that moves you.
As two white female business owners, we will never fully understand the pain and anguish of systemic racism. But we are committed to listening, learning, and standing for what is right. We are dedicated to dismantling biases and to life-long growth and education.
- The New York Times editors have compiled a list of suggested books to read to children about race or that include a nonwhite protagonist, broken down by age.
- National Geographic article on Talking to Kids About Race.
- National Museum of African American History and Culture “Talking About Race” web portal.
- 97 Things White People Can do for Racial Justice is an article with many doable action steps that can be taken right away.
With strength and love,
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