This is a time of reckoning for our nation.
As we witness senseless killings and mourn the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the many others before them, we are at once heart-broken, outraged, and resolved to change the course of America’s legacy of hate.
Inequality, oppression, and institutional racism have had a presence in all aspects of our lives, from health and education, to criminal justice, economic opportunities, housing, and access to services and resources.
To change this, we must change collectively, accept responsibility, listen, engage in conversations, shift our behaviors, change the narrative, exercise respect, and take meaningful and ongoing action to stop racism. Silence and complacency are part of the problem. Solidarity and anti-racism are part of the solution.
At Waypoint, equality, inclusion, empowerment, and human kindness toward all are at the core of what we do. We are rooted in 170 years of fighting for the rights and well-being of children and families, protecting and uplifting the most marginalized and disenfranchised, and standing up against injustice. But we can always do more. So we are doing everything in our power to improve from within—to expand our cultural diversity trainings, develop new cross-cultural collaboratives, practice allyship, celebrate diversity across all communication channels, continue to hire a multi-cultural workforce, and through our everyday work, contribute to creating a kinder and more humane world.
Our promise to you is that in our public policy efforts, our practice, and our public presence, as well as within our agency culture, we will stand together today and every day with the Black community, and will never waver in the fight for social justice.
Let this be our turning point.
Borja Alvarez de Toledo