The recent demonstrations and protests in response to the death of George Floyd are a symptom of the times. Racial inequity – in health care, in education and housing – has plagued this nation and the world for too long. Now is the time for us to embrace change and make a difference in who we are and how we treat our fellow human beings.
East Side Elders is ready for change – both in our programming and in our administration – and is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will continue to offer a safe and welcoming presence on the East Side while actively engaging with our partners to forward meaningful and positive social change. We will welcome all who wish to work with us to better represent the community in which we serve.
Words are not enough to push systemic change – action is needed. East Side Elders pledges to be more inclusive in our programming – including uplifting the voices and experiences of Black and Indigenous folks, actively reach out to underserved seniors, and educate by example. We commit to listening to our community and welcoming their voices as we plan for more inclusive programming and outreach. We will have difficult conversations with those who are uncomfortable with change, and we will educate ourselves on ways each one of us can help turn the tide of inequality.
As activist Audre Lorde said, “In our work and in our living, we must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth, rather than a reason for destruction.” We pledge to do the hard work that lies ahead to make the East Side a safer, more welcoming space for older adults from all walks of life. We hope that you will join us on this journey.