Dear PORCH Community,
We wanted to reach out to affirm our solidarity as a community, and to express our shared anguish over the horrific killing of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks and too many others, as well as the much longer history of racial injustice in our country.
The devastating effects of systemic racism are reflected all around us. The disparity between our black and brown brothers and sisters and our white ones is stark – in income and employment figures, access to quality education, provision of healthcare, access to healthy food, as well as how communities are policed.
We at PORCH stand with all people of conscience against racism. We believe that our entire community is diminished when any one of us is treated as “less than” because of the color of their skin. And we believe it is our responsibility to bear witness to, and work to put a stop to racist actions and systems, no matter who is perpetrating them.
It is time to reflect on how we all might better listen and take effective action in our own communities, organizations, and businesses. PORCH is committed to:
- Continuing our efforts to diversify the voices on our Board, staff, and volunteer corps
- Engaging more deeply with our clients and all stakeholders to listen and ensure we are hearing and addressing their needs
- Advocating for policies righting the systemic wrongs that perpetuate the inequities that are sources of hunger and food insecurity
PORCH was founded on the idea of neighbors helping neighbors, regardless of race, or religion, or age, or gender, or any other way some would choose to divide us. We are committed to working toward a just and compassionate world, where the principle that all people are created equal is not simply an ideal, but a lived reality.
With love, determination, and solidarity, The PORCH Team