HRDC’s Statement on Racial Injustice
HRDC believes that black lives matter. We stand in solidarity with the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) demanding justice in our community and nationwide. Our work at HRDC often involves addressing economic inequalities in our community. We cannot fight for economic justice and equal opportunity if we do not also fight for racial justice.
As a Community Action Organization, our values assert, “We believe that all people should be treated with dignity and respect.” We recognize that structural racism and other systems of oppression have historically devalued BIPOC, and we must work to dismantle these structures in order to enact these values.
The words of the Community Action Promise articulate who we are and what we believe. Going forward, we will dedicate ourselves to elevating BIPOC voices in our community while we continue to listen and learn. We are committed to utilizing anti-racist resources to reflect on how our programs and staff can best meet the needs of everyone in our community. We will work to affect the positive social change needed to create a more equitable and just society. We believe this is how we build a better community.
We exist to instill hope, develop resources, design solutions, and change lives. We envision a place where opportunity and quality of life are equally afforded to everyone.