Over the last few months, we experienced the spread of COVID-19, social distancing, shutdowns, stay-at-home orders, and the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Nina Pop, Tony McDade, Rayshard Brooks, Riah Milton and other stories that have not made national headlines. We express our solidarity with all victims of police violence and systemic racism, and supports the antifascist movements facing criminalization.
Directorate Body Members of CHRL raise our voices in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and other struggles to end the dehumanization of people of color and to promote equitable and humane treatment for all individuals. We stand in solidarity challenging white supremacist aim to put an end to systemic oppression and racism.
CHRL values equality, diversity, inclusiveness and the dignity and humanity of each individual in our country, and we are deeply troubled by the events that have taken place over the last several weeks. We believe that all actions, behaviors, and policies rooted in injustice should be condemned and not tolerated.
Before ACPA2020 Nashville, CHRL made the decision to become thoughtful stewards of our resources by introducing a need-conscious component to our sponsored programs selections. In the past, CHRL has financially supported the coordinating presenter of our sponsored programs by covering their registration cost for the conference. However, we realized that there are many members of ACPA who are fortunate to receive professional development funding from their employers.
CHRL plans to promote critical dialogues with our members about how racism and other forms of oppression and inequalities in housing and employment affect us, our relationships, our organizations, and our communities in a series of Podcasts in Buzzsprout. Our upcoming education series on housing and residential life work during COVID-19 focuses on the question “How can we center safety, equity, humanity in our work during a pandemic and recession?” This reflects our commitment to examining racial equity in policies and practices, recognizing that such examination is particularly necessary in these times of crisis.
We embrace ACPA’s Strategic Imperative for Racial Justice and Decolonization and want to reiterate that all Black Lives Matter. It is our hope that our work on CHRL stimulates changes for racial justice. We acknowledge that silence and inaction contribute to the maintenance of ongoing institutional racism and other structural inequalities.
As we work through topics and dates/times, please check our website and social media pages frequently for more information.