Thrive's Commitment Towards Racial Equity...Join Us!
Mr. Ahmaud Aubery was murdered on February 23rd by a racist white father and son duo, who did not get arrested until two months later. Ms. Breonna Taylor was slain by police in her home on March 13th. Mr. George Floyd was killed on Monday, May 25th in broad daylight by 4 officers that took an oath to serve and protect. A white woman not following rules in Central Park called the police on Mr. Christian Cooper, a Black man, falsely reporting assault and threatening behavior. Protests broke out across the country (and world) demanding the historic legacy of injustice against people and communities of color in America be dismantled. Police brutality erupted and is on full display. All of this (and unfortunately more) happened with a backdrop of Covid-19 and Covid-19 disproportionately affecting people of color. These headlines have shown us all what America unapologetically is and what it must confront to move towards a more just and equitable society. It’s devastating and overwhelming…
In response we have received numerous calls from individuals, businesses, parents, wanting to know what to do, how to respond, how to take action. Our response has largely been encouraging people to LEARN. A problem this big deserves that level of respect. We have taken a step back to think how Thrive might help facilitate that learning. Now here we are on June 15th….I don’t know about you, but we feel it… that slight relief of pressure, a slight return to normalcy… Rayshard Brooks resisted arrest, he took the officer’s taser… maybe this isn’t the problem we thought it was. That would definitely make things easier and more comfortable. Thrive is going to hold on to the hope that America can do better… and that these recent tragedies will not be for naught. We invite you to do the same…keep pushing, keep fighting.
We wanted to share some commitments/ offerings to keep the momentum moving forward:
1. We will continue our work building more self-reliant, powerful, and wealthy communities of color. To learn more or to get involved please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or visit thrivedelraybeach.com
2. We will host the Race Equity Institute’s groundwater presentation on Saturday, 6/27 @ 9AM to 2PM. REI organizers will use stories and data to present a perspective that racism is fundamentally structural in nature. By examining characteristics of modern-day racial inequity, the presentation will introduce participants to an analysis that most find immediately helpful and relevant. Please sign up here: https://forms.gle/RCaYa85NW7migx838 A full two day workshop will be scheduled as soon as we can.
3. As a follow up to REI’s training we will host an on-line learning platform for white people to learn more about advantage and how to use that advantage in anti-racism work. While other communities are in pain, white people have to do more than join a book club:) If interested please sign up here: https://forms.gle/UBVNVKQCupyTSEf38
4. We will be switching all of our accounts to One United, a Black owned bank. We encourage others to do the same. Black banks in turn invest in Black owned businesses and families. We will be holding an information session in June for anyone interested in learning more. Please sign up here: https://forms.gle/VzMGjNqSvmiEPcLC9
5. Finally, we will launch a community development platform as an immediate call to action to invest in people and places most impacted during these difficult times. In exchange for a donation we will gladly support your personal or business journey in antiracism work. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and donate at paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/2251221
Sara and Kristyn