|We see you.
We hear you.
We stand in solidarity with you.
Action is necessary. Silence is not acceptable. We need to do the work together and use our voice to bring about a long-overdue systematic change. We will all benefit from doing the right thing.
This chamber is committed to economic development through equality and equity. We believe that Haverhill’s strength lies in its diversity. Right now, we don’t have all of the answers. Our team is discussing the actions we need to take to fight injustice and stand with those who have been wronged.
This can’t be a one-time conversation. We pledge that in all aspects of our organization, we are and will continue to do our part to ensure that this chamber is a place of inclusivity and acceptance for all. Changes to what we do and how we do it are already underway. We’re in this with you, no matter how long it takes.
The first step we can take is to share resources, and start conversations that help educate our staff, board members, and community members. We welcome the conversation and would love to hear from you if you have resources, input or ideas on how we can continue to educate ourselves.
POSE (Power Of Self Education). A GoFundMe campaign has been started to raise funds for their work. You can learn more about POSE and donate here.
Watch Tuesday Evening’s Discussion
Kat Everett (Co-Founder of POSE) led a discussion with a panel of Haverhill community leaders this past Tuesday. (Click HERE to Watch).
Get to know COCO Brown, the cultural community center in the Mount Washington neighborhood. Subscribe to their email list to learn more about events and conversations taking place in Haverhill.
Chamber Board Member Gretchen Arntz’s post on why Black Lives Matter to her
The Case for Reparations – The Atlantic
The 1619 Project – The New York Times
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
The Haverhill Chamber Team