Dear Friends of NCBW-West Palm Beach Chapter:
For 26 years, National Coalition of 100 Black Women – West Palm Beach Chapter has led the journey to advocate on behalf of black women and girls. Our organization promotes leadership development, gender equity in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment with a vision to see black women and girls live in a world where socio-economic inequity does not exist.
Currently, together as a community, we have reached a new tipping point with a familiar crisis of pain and anger from broken promises and ultimate distrust of our criminal law system and our police departments. Minorities continue to fall victim to brutality and threat of brutality at the hands of law enforcement.
HERE’S WHAT WE KNOW AND WHERE WE STAND:
- Systemic racism has led to the over-policing, under-protecting, harassment, brutalizing, death of innocent, unarmed Black Americans and other people of color nationwide.
- This cannot stand. It causes family trauma, tragedy and divisiveness in our community.
- We mourn with the families and communities who have lost members to police violence.
- We join and support those fighting in a peaceful manner to overturn racist and unfair systems. We reiterate the demand for transparency and accountability.
- We will focus on changes in power and policy that will bring an end to police misconduct and other systemically racist problems that rob people of color of their potential and possibly their future.
We know this will take generations to achieve. Still, we believe that positive individuals, organizational and systemic actions can make a difference in people’s lives and make our community a place where there is more hope, opportunity, equity, justice, achievement and prosperity.
Also, please support Black and Brown owned businesses, Black and Brown led nonprofits and our Black and Brown colleagues.
Together, we shall overcome. Thank you for joining us in the necessary work to dismantle unfair systems and create a community where everyone has an opportunity to thrive.
Yours in Advocacy for Change,
Rhonda D. Rogers