A message from the WCCD board


WCCD Women –
First and foremost, we hope that each of you are in good health and staying safe during these challenging times. We wish that we were writing to you under different circumstances, but we find ourselves in the midst of multiple pandemics: not only the global outbreak of COVID-19 (that continues to wreak havoc on communities of color in particular), but also the ongoing struggle against racial injustice.

Our hearts break for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and all of the unarmed Black men and women who have been killed at the hands of law enforcement. We extend our deepest condolences to their families and join them in grieving their loved ones. Further, we amplify the calls for the arrest and prosecution of all individuals involved in these racist acts of police brutality. Black lives matter. Although we wish we didn’t have to remind the world of this truth, we realize we must continue to do so. We must continue to say their names. We must continue to call attention to racist behavior, policies and programs so that future generations do not have to carry the same burdens.

We are not okay. The events of the past week have triggered a range of emotions for many of us: sadness, exhaustion, anger, fear, frustration and everything in between. As a dynamic network of professional women, we realize that all too often there is an expectation for us to navigate these traumas while simultaneously showing up in our careers. Please know that we see you and we support you. In these difficult times, we encourage you to lean on the WCCD network, prioritize self-care, and to channel your energy into efforts that can bring about positive change.

Like you, we want to see justice for those who have lost their lives, and ultimately a nation that prioritizes racial equity. Exercising your right to vote, signing petitions and donating to community organizations are simple ways you can make a difference today. We encourage you to check out the resources we’ve compiled below, and if you notice any that should be added to this list, please email us at wccd.dc@gmail.com.

We realize that it will take time and intentionality to dismantle the systemic racism that has impacted communities of color for hundreds of years. The journey is far from over, but we thank you for the incredible work you are already doing to create more equitable outcomes throughout our region. We are proud to serve this dynamic membership and stand with you on the path forward.

Sincerely,
WCCD Board of Directors



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