“Until the killing of black men, black mothers’ sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother’s son, we who believe in freedom cannot rest…”
— Ella Baker
By now, we all know their names: George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery.
But these are not just names. They are lives taken by the institutionalized violence of white supremacy. There are too many more names – too many more lives – on the list of those we’ve lost in this way. We are heartbroken and we are outraged, but we know that is not enough. We are committed to action.
We will work to remain aware of the limitations of our knowledge, and seek to continue our learning.
We will act to break down barriers to accessibility to our space and our ecosystem.
We will continue our own education as individuals, and share our learnings and resources with this community.
We will hold space to co-create impactful solutions with you, our members.
We will amplify Black voices and support the work of Black-led organizations in Boston.
We will continually reassess our role in this movement as circumstances evolve and change over time, and as we deepen our understanding of what is needed.
This is a start, but we know it’s not enough. And we know we will do this work imperfectly, but we’re committed to actively learning more and educating ourselves along the way.
There is some powerful work already being done in our community, so we want to highlight a few of the many Impact Hub Boston members working on the frontlines of racial justice and inclusion:
In.Visible Paradigms was founded by Hub member Brenda Herrera Moreno, who is also the lead facilitator. In.Visible Paradigms’ mission is “to awaken and deepen the role of white allies/accomplices in the work of anti-oppression to collectively disrupt white supremacy.”
Msaada Partners co-founder, Kerry Bowie is also a Hub member. Msaada Partners’ goal is “to serve communities of color by providing technical assistance to promote entrepreneurship and innovation which lead to wealth creation and more sustainable communities.”
If you’re not already engaged in this work in your personal or professional life, we invite you to join us as we renew our commitment to the fight for racial equity. See the “resources” section below for some concrete ways you can take action.
In addition to what we do as individuals, what can we do together? We are part of a larger system that calls for larger change. How do we engage in that change as “the Impact Hub Boston community”?
We don’t have the answers, but as an institution that exists within the context of white supremacy, we know that we must do our part to learn and change. We look forward to working towards justice with you, as members of the Impact Hub Boston community.
We’re all in this together,
Rosie, Hilary, Geoff, Alisha, and Alexis
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For an approachable place to start…
Take a look at this website if you’re a white person seeking to deepen your understanding of racism and allyship.
This article from Medium has great suggestions for people looking to grow as allies.
Get informed, get involved, and get engaged with this resource list from the Obama Foundation.