We, in the EDIC, are sickened and outraged over the tragic murder of George Floyd while in police custody. Black men, women and children continue to die senseless and preventable deaths in this country. It’s unacceptable, and yet these events continue happening in an undeniable pattern of violence perpetrated by the dominant white culture against Black Americans.
We are worried for our Black and Brown co-workers who endure the daily effects of racism and white privilege. We acknowledge your pain, fear, trauma and exhaustion. Please, take time to take care of yourself and your loved ones.
Our goal in the EDIC is to support an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace for all in Clackamas County. This cannot be accomplished without dismantling the systems of oppression that have created inequalities, injustices, poverty, and suffering felt most heavily by our communities of color. As the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion gets under way, we will work with them to see accountability, transparency, and reported progress on EDI issues at the county. We continue to advocate for a county-wide strategic plan to define outcomes, metrics, timeframes, and deliverables related to EDI issues tied to Performance Clackamas and Managing for Results. We are committed to working with County Administration, Human Resources, the unions, and you, our co-workers.
We must replace fear with hope and positive change; move from writing statements to implementing policy.
There are so many amazing resources out there. We have compiled a few you may find useful:
- For our employees of color:
- 14 Organizations & People Working to Support BIPOC Mental Health During the Coronavirus Crisis
- Black Therapists Rock
- Breaking the Chain: Healing Racial Trauma in the Body
- Please reach out if there is anything we can do to help, even if it’s just to listen.
- For our white employees: