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Statement from the HBEA Board of Directors Regarding Recent Events

Sunday, June 14, 2020 10:28 PM | Anonymous

Something special and humane happens when people come together—barriers are broken, and hearts and minds become more open.

As the world grapples with the acts of the killings and injustice against George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless others before them, and, as we witness the stark inequities that have led to the disproportionate impact of this pandemic on the lives and deaths of Black individuals, the Historic Boston Edison Association Board wants to assert in the clearest possible terms our support for our Black neighbors, families, friends, and associates.

We stand in solidarity with our community as we demand justice and seek healing.

Parts  of our mission are to encourage a greater community bond among neighbors; and, promote culture and civic engagement for residents who  live within the District and beyond; therefore, we recognize that during the most challenging of times we need to focus on bringing our community made of people of all colors together to heal through the power of shared experiences

Our future as a community and as a society relies on doing this work. It relies on understanding — on a willingness to understand — the intricate hurdles faced by Black people in this country and the injustice woven into the core structures of our society. There is no one way to do this. There is no simple path. However, we must take the first step of being unafraid to be uncomfortable. We have seen some glimmers of hope these past weeks as people have come together to kneel in solidarity, to march peacefully together in protest, and to use our American right to speak out for freedom for ALL. We need to ensure that this moment will lead to lasting change and real action and that we do not retreat into our places of inward-looking comfort.

The Historic Boston Edison Association Board is dedicated to pressing for lasting change. We are actively listening and learning so we can better understand how to play a more positive role in eliminating all forms of racism, bigotry, and hatred. We understand bringing permanent change to a systemic problem will require our continued involvement and commitment which we must demonstrate with our words and actions. The previously established Diversity and Inclusion Committee within our Association’s operational structure will be activated to support these efforts. If you wish to join this Committee, please let us know. The Board is invested in modeling and providing an environment that allows for the positivity and connectedness our community requires to sustain our efforts to ensure our neighbors are supported in healing and learning to better incorporate an understanding and deeper tolerance of uniqueness.

Let us meet these current unprecedented crises with our unprecedented actions and help change the world for the better – TOGETHER!

We, the Historic Boston Edison Association Board of Directors stand with open minds and hearts. We are here for all our neighbors to listen, to stand together, and work together for change.

In Unity, the Historic Boston Edison Association Board of Directors

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