Subject: We see you

We see you.

The struggle of writing to our community today is done through the emotions of pain, grief, anger, trauma, and hope.

Over the past few weeks we have been faced with trying to flatten the curve of a pandemic that has altered our daily lives and disproportionally impacting the health of Black and Brown communities. Just as we began to reopen our state, the headlines of the horrific murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery forced us all to face the racism and inequities that has been permeating our country since the beginning of time. If that wasn’t enough, we witnessed a white woman use her privilege to provoke fear in a black man, Christian Cooper by criminalizing him based on the color of his skin.

Our emotions are high and we must still act.

When any person is devalued and not seen as human, hopelessness spreads - just like a virus. It is not enough to keep discussing the effects of racism or have endless deliberations about dismantling systemic barriers that feed oppression and hatred ideology. We must act. In order to be the change and represent the community we all love, bold engagement is essential from all of us. This engagement demands us to stand bold in our commitment to justice, admitting inequities and seeing everyone as human beings.

McGaw YMCA sees you.

It is no longer good enough for us to just be in the room or at the table. We will use our voice to bring about change, and our influence to produce outcomes that make the invisible, visible and the unheard, heard.

We pride ourselves on strengthening our community for all. McGaw YMCA stands firm on our commitment to ignite change, build bridges, and be a place where everyone is seen and belongs. We cannot do it alone and are calling for you to join us in that work.

In solidarity and hope,

Monique Parsons

1000 Grove St, Evanston, IL 60201, United States
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