An Open Letter from the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber and Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County
In response to the gruesome death of George Floyd, we join all local, regional, and national leaders in condemning this unjust taking of a life.
This tragedy was not an isolated incident, and the reaction to it exposes, once again, the systemic injustices inflicting people of color every single day in the United States and around the world.
Right here at home we have the recent tragic death of Manuel Ellis who died while being arrested. While we await the results of the investigation into his death, we must not wait to do whatever is necessary to eliminate systemic racism.
The question is, what are we going to do about it?
As the CEO’s of the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County, we state unequivocally racism is a public health crisis, an economic crisis, and a political crisis. Just as our communities have rallied to address the COVID-19 crisis, we need to rally to address the crisis of racism.
The first step in addressing a crisis is acknowledging it for what it is. Racism is a scourge on our society, and indifference to it is not an option. As business leaders, we want EVERYONE in our communities to enjoy basic human rights, a level playing field, and fairness in pursuit of their dreams, whether that is in business, the arts, or public service.
First steps, however, are not enough. There needs to be follow through. Our community needs to know its business leaders are fighting for their world to be more just and safe. We do not claim to have the answers, but we have the will to engage with our fellow leaders and fellow citizens to find them.
We join with Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards in stating that “we are a community with heart. We are Compassionate Tacoma, and together we can drive catalytic change.”
The Business Case for Racial Equity
A Report From the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Inequities hold our society back, and a growing number of leaders in both the public and private sectors recognize that fact. Investors, employers, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and others have a stake in creating more equitable communities.
The Pierce County Community Engagement Task Force - Join Today!
This mission is about seeing past our titles, our organizations, our performance targets, our competition, and instead, focus on the stories of our shared customers, our community, and fulfilling a higher promise not to leave anyone behind, or pushed aside.
U.S. Businesses Must Take Meaningful Action Against Racism
It has become clear that without adequate support, minority employees are likely to perceive their environments as more interpersonally and institutionally biased against them. Leaders seeking to create an inclusive environment for everyone must find ways to address these topics. This article offers ideas that organizations can take, from avoiding missteps to taking meaningful action.
The 10 Commitments Companies Must Make to Advance Racial Justice
In the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, many major corporations are tweeting out statements of concern and support for the Black community. That’s a start, but what is needed at this moment is action. This article offers concrete suggestions that companies can do to further the cause of racial equity.
Equality of Opportunity Agenda - U.S. Chamber
The U.S. Chamber developed this initial Equality of Opportunity Agenda to advance private sector solutions and best practices, scale impactful programs, and drive policy action at the federal, state, and local level.
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