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We are against racism, violence, injustice and inequality in all its forms. We stand for connection, inclusion, positivity, and empowerment. We stand for the oneness of humanity!

Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Family

We firmly stand with the protests and demonstrations in response to the unjust murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis police, and countless other black people who have suffered similar fates across the country. We are tired, we are in pain, and we are angry. We demand justice and accountability.

Many of the diverse leadership and staff of Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence spent the weekend in tears. We are unable to sleep. We understand the emotion and passion behind those who protest. Many of us were out there protesting ourselves and are now helping clean up our communities.

Black Lives Matter

This isn’t the first time in our country’s problematic history that we’ve seen protests, and this isn’t the first time they’ve been violent. This isn’t the first time that there’s been a demarcation between peaceful protests and destruction of property. Those who want to peacefully assemble are demanding justice for the systemic racism and police brutality in this country. Those seeking only to inflict harm and incite terror do not speak for us or our communities.

How can we breathe, stay focused, and be there for our Littles, Bigs, their families, and the communities we serve? We are in deep reflection right now. We know the policies and laws that continue to exist in this country don’t fully represent or benefit marginalized people. But we also know there is hope. Hope is seeing young people fighting for what they believe in. Hope is witnessing so many black, brown and white allies coming together to say “this is not right.” Yet if we focus only on protests, we lose sight of the underlying issues which require action. Moving forward, here is how Big Brothers Big Sisters is taking action:

  • Our leadership and staff will work closely with city and police officials, to help citizens engage in productive outlets allowing for their voices be heard – voices that hope to bring people together.
  • As a national network, we are working with Big Brothers Big Sisters leaders around the country to dismantle the white savior complex – the practice of helping others in a self-serving manner.
  • We will continue to prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion as we hire and partner with individuals and organizations that align with our core values.
  • We are encouraging our supporters and community members to get out and vote, as we have a duty to hold our legislators accountable for change.
  • We will continue to support community leaders in their efforts to find solutions to our most challenging social justice issues.
  • We will provide a variety of educational resources to our Bigs, Little and their families, helping them to discuss what is happening and how to effectively deal with the aftermath.
  • We will continue to ignite the promise and power of hope in the youth we serve.

We have a lot of work to do. Many people, including our families are hurting. That often feels like a burden that might be too hard to bear, but it’s a necessary step for our country to heal and act.

Today, we proudly declare that we unapologetically serve our Black Community. We are at a pivotal moment in history. What will you do differently to join the fight against racism?

We are against racism, violence, injustice and inequality in all its forms. We stand for connection, inclusion, positivity, and empowerment. We stand for the oneness of humanity!

#BiggerTogether