Care2 was built as a platform for creating positive change in the world. While together we’ve accomplished much, the events of late are incredibly painful reminders of how much more needs to be done to overcome deep systemic racism in our society.
We at Care2 unequivocally condemn the rampant racism, white supremacy and police brutality that is commonplace in the United States and around the world. We have been and will continue to demand accountability for the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sandra Bland, and too many more.
As protests against racism and police brutality have formed across the United States, I have been sickened by the many videos showing unnecessarily violent police action targeting people of color, peaceful protestors and journalists. These are not isolated incidents nor the result of individual failings; police brutality is widespread and reflective of deep, systemic failings in our law enforcement culture and procedures.
I hold a great deal of privilege, in part because I am a white man. As such, I cannot speak for the countless Black people who are angry, scared, and in pain. But what I can do, and I believe we all must do, is stand together for what’s right, and amplify the many voices of those doing the difficult work of tackling this system of oppression head-on. In the words of MLK Jr.: “Riots are the language of the unheard”, and it’s time that we all listened, educated ourselves and took action in support of anti-racist movements everywhere.
It is not enough to not be racist. To affect the change we want to see in the world, we must take action against racism and police brutality. We must stand in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter. We can and must do more.
To that end, we have gathered together a small selection of resources, including further ways to take action, on our platform and beyond. We encourage all members to use Care2 Petitions to advocate for anti-racist causes in your own community. This list is not comprehensive, and we urge you to continue your learning, engagement and action during this heightened moment and for weeks, months and years to come.
-Randy Paynter, CEO Care2