We stand in solidarity with Black activists that demand swift and substantial changes to policing, criminal justice, and community investment. But, standing in solidarity isn’t enough. We vow to educate ourselves on how to go beyond allyship, to work as abolitionists/accomplices in the field.
We acknowledge that our white-dominant profession has long been complacent in denying Black people the same opportunities and seat at the table in building our communities. We hear the Black voices in our industry, and we will work to dismantle the structures of white supremacy that have been the bedrock of our industry for generations.
We will have the hard conversations, both with ourselves and with our colleagues. We will activate our privilege to ensure the seat at the table isn’t just there, but it is comfortable to be in.
We recognize that police brutality and the current health crisis disproportionately impacting Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) is the culmination of generations of racist development practices and systemic disinvestment in our neighborhoods.
As the staff and board of EcoDistricts, we implore our networks to join us in upholding our mission and ensure that we create neighborhoods for all.
To help the EcoDistricts community navigate and strengthen our collective resolve to fight for racial justice and equity, we need to lean in and support our Black urban and community development leaders. Below, we have identified petitions, articles, and resources for you to explore and act on: