I have been with all of you for a third of a year now…and what a four months it has been! We’ve been working remotely from the second week of my arrival on the east coast, where being physically apart has become our new normal – so, I feel lucky to have met a few from the VISIONS community in California and Boston before we had to shelter in place…
We are deeply saddened and outraged by the latest tragedies, and our community stands in solidarity and mourning with all those who demand change. We were founded to address systemic racism and other forms of oppression in communities. We are all being reminded of the roots of systemic violence in the founding of many nations, including here in the U.S. The genocide of our Indigenous communities, as well as the enslavement of Black people, all are a part of this country’s story, and these historically oppressed communities are still not free today.
VISIONS has coached & trained over 115,000 people and organizations over the last 35 years and while we have made headway, there is still much work to be done. This work is necessary to continue our mission of bending that arc toward justice of which Dr. King, and Theodore Parker before him, spoke. With a spotlight on inequalities, whether in healthcare, education, or justice systems, we need to do the work, now more than ever, and it requires collaboration, communication, and compassion. Thus, we need your support also, now more than ever. I could not be more honored to be a part of this community, especially right now…and during our anniversary year!
We hope you find joy and inspiration - the silver lining - in some of the updates we have to share with all of you, with hearts full and with grace, and with the goals of recognition, reconciliation, and liberation. We remain hopeful that we can continue to develop spaces for constructive engagement and to respond to grievances, and further create change.