Over the last few months, we have all felt our collective grief compound — first through a deadly pandemic, and now, through unconscionable acts of violence.
At United Way of Greater Stark County, we stand with the black community and those who are fighting for racial equality. We support the peaceful demonstrations here at home and around the world. Our thoughts and our hearts are with the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor and to the countless others who have been impacted by racism and injustice.
These recent events have revealed an uncomfortable and heartbreaking truth — that systemic racism and social inequities run deep across our country, and our own community is not exempt from these problems. For many, that pain and oppression are homegrown.
Over the past several days, we’ve heard stories from our friends, families and neighbors about the racial discrimination, fear and hatred they encounter in their daily lives. We have a responsibility to amplify their voices and shine a light on these issues.
It’s clear that as a country, as a community and as individuals, we need to do better, and at United Way of Greater Stark County, we’re committed to making that change.
Our mantra has always been to LIVE UNITED because we know there’s strength in numbers. The more we denounce racism and the more we work together to advocate for human dignity and equality, the greater our collective impact will be.
As an organization, we want to learn and grow by listening to our community and hearing how we can work together to create this change. We’re committed to continuing these conversations and working with other organizations to align our resources and create systemic change.
We continue to denounce racism and pledge to work toward a brighter future for all. We stand stronger when we LIVE UNITED.
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