West Side Inter-Agency Council for the Aging

Letter to membership on matters of racial justice

We are living in unprecedented times.

We are astounded, our thoughts are muddled, our equilibrium is precarious and our life as we knew it now seems to be a vague memory.

What is stable is our values and our morals.

What is stable is our hope, our resolve and our unrelenting commitment to work for a better tomorrow.

During the past three months, we have been united in learning how to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have a new vocabulary: self-quarantine, social distancing (6 feet), pandemic, flattening the curve, hand sanitizer, anti-bacterial wipes, “grab and go”, wear a mask, phase l, ll, lll in opening the economy etc.

We have a new “normal” except it is very fluid.

The only certainty is uncertainty.

At the same time, we have been seeing a long overdue awareness and demand for equality and justice for all, to replace another pandemic: racism.

It is time to stand shoulder to shoulder with our Black and Brown neighbors and shout “enough is enough.”

Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and all the others killed by brutal, unnecessary violence at the hands of law enforcement.

West Side Inter-Agency Council for the Aging deplores the senseless violence and disregard for human life. We believe Black Lives Matter.

We stand firmly with the protesters and other community organizations fighting for the safety, respect, equality and regard of all people.

We are against racism, we are for embracing the human race, all colors, all creeds.

It is time to take a hard look at who we are and how we are going to change our world into a place that is safe and just for all.

We hope that you will stand with us.