To My ACDS Friends and Family,
Like you, I watched in horror the video of Mr. George Floyd being senselessly killed by a white police officer while other officers did nothing to intervene. Sadly, tragedies like this and other transgressions happen much too frequently, thanks to our country’s deep history of racism.
Unlike our Black partners, staff members, and clients, I will never know first-hand how racism feels. I am listening and I am committed to action. I see that racial injustice permeates instances of every-day life that I take for granted – such as going for a jog, sending my husband out for a late night errand, renting an apartment, or buying a house.
In the wake of recent events, it seems fitting to recommit myself and the ACDS organization to work harder to further racial equity and justice. Whether working to develop policies to promote fair and just housing, or establishing programs that address challenges disproportionately affecting Black and marginalized residents, we will continue to take actionable steps and work to be part of the solution.
As we reflect, I welcome your feedback on how we can do better.
We cannot have peace for all until we have justice for those affected by structural racism.
Kathleen M. Koch