Inclusion and equity aren’t at all easily attained, and especially without a community’s embrace.
We take pause to offer a virtual embrace to the families and friends of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many more who have died unjustly.
In the heaviness of the current state of racial inequity, we call on our leaders, policymakers, businesses, agencies, and our neighbors to acknowledge the pain and generations of trauma that our Black neighbors have experienced across the nation. Like any of us, they deserve to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect that every human deserves.
Now is not the time to rush back to an older state of “normal.” Instead, we ask that you sit in the discomfort of the present moment. Use this experience and any awakening sense of greater consciousness to reimagine our communities and our country. Picture the tangible ways you will take difficult steps and make brave and bold moves to build a more equitable society, workplace, neighborhood, and home that rejects racism.
The attainment of inclusion and equity is a fierce goal. It will take all of us to achieve it. We are here to support one another, to help navigate the way to inclusion, and to do the hard work with you.
Black lives matter. Racial equity matters. Closing the gaps so that race doesn’t predict a person’s success, matters. Economic justice and inclusion matters. Dismantling institutional racism and discrimination matters.
We each have a role to play in creating meaningful change for Long Beach. LBCEI stands with you in this commitment. Rebuild with us.
We are in this together Long Beach.
Stand with us. It is in our mission to support equity. Help answer the City’s call to support our neighbors with the “Long Beach Strong” small business recovery movement. Yesterday we launched our #InThisTogether for Long Beach recovery fund to help small businesses impacted by the unrest, by providing funding to assist with insurance deductibles and costs associated with repairs and reopening.
You can join our Board Chair Bob Cabeza, our Board of Directors, and our partners today to support our neighborhood small businesses that have been impacted not just by the pandemic and downturn in the economy, but also by the unrest in Long Beach. We will rebuild and strengthen our community together. We are #InThisTogetherLB.