A MESSAGE FROM JEFF BAUMANN, ATD GOLDEN GATE CHAPTER PRESIDENT
Like you, I’m sickened, angry and indignant at the senseless acts of inhumanity that so persistently plague our culture. I would also like to acknowledge that I’m sickened, angry and indignant at myself for taking this long to say something to our community.
I have the feeling that I’m not alone. Many of you agree with the cause and acknowledge everything about Black Lives Matter and yet feel like silent agreement is all you feel comfortable doing. Taking a vocal stance is scary, you never know who may attack you for trying, for saying something, for saying something poorly… but what has saying nothing gotten us?
Let’s be better. Let’s show support for what we KNOW is right and actively work against the things that we know are wrong. Please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an idea regarding how we can use the ATD Golden Gate Chapter community to create better awareness and change.
As Talent Development professionals we have high stakes when it comes to helping recognize bias, constructively driving change, acknowledging differences in a way that makes us stronger and creating the change that we want to see in our organizations and the world. With your support, the board and I will work to find ways in the coming days, weeks, months, years to leverage the talents of our community to share and support each other.
We each do what we can, and we each need to do something…
BE AN ALLY:
Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on. — Thurgood Marshall
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TAKE LOCAL ACTION:
https://8cantwait.org/, find your city, and then write to your elected officials on the tangible change you would like them to implement to begin the process of stopping state-sanctioned acts of violence and murder against people of color.
American Civil Liberties Union
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President, Golden Gate Chapter