We Can Do Better. We Will Do Better.
JUNE 9, 2020
We are in the midst of a crucial uprising in response to the endless police brutality against Black lives. The past week further illuminated the generational trauma and grief experienced by Black people and all people of color across the globe, a result of a much larger, sweeping, deeply entrenched, racist system.
Last week, BCPP stood in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and paused to make space for Black voices. We needed to listen, reflect on our blind spots, and identify ways we can show up at BCPP—internally and externally—in order to be more effective allies for racial justice and leaders within this movement.
We must turn our words into action. Anti-racism work is a marathon, not a sprint, and equal in importance to all that we prioritize at BCPP.
Systemic racism has exposed communities of color to the highest levels of toxic pollution, which greatly increases their breast cancer risk. Black women experience disproportionate levels of exposure to breast carcinogens and the highest mortality rate from the disease, 42% higher than the comparative rate for White women.
Given the disparities among those who suffer from breast cancer, we recognize that BCPP has traditionally fallen short in reaching, recruiting, and including more communities of color when it comes to delivering on our mission. We will rectify that. We will revitalize and strengthen our organizational commitment to equity.
As an act of transparency, to hold us accountable to the work that we already have underway and the work we must continue to advance, we share with you our commitments to equity:
Addressing social inequities and reducing health disparities to eliminate preventable breast cancer.
Recruiting BCPP staff, board members, and volunteers from diverse race, age, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, immigration status, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Specifically, we are committed to implementing strategies to mitigate implicit bias around outreach, recruitment, and hiring. Our Diversity and Equity Taskforce will be expanded to include board and volunteers in addition to BCPP staff.
Seeking out, listening to, and trusting community wisdom to guide our work by advancing meaningful solutions that involve and value the voices and experiences of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) environmental justice and frontline communities.
Building deep, authentic, and equitable partnerships with individuals, organizations, and businesses from diverse backgrounds. We commit to becoming stronger allies to BIPOC-led organizations and businesses.
Resources and Ways You Can Help:
In addition, we encourage you to check out these organizations listed below that are leading the way toward racial justice. We offer these resources to help you find ways to support racial justice, navigate challenging conversations, decode your emotions, and stand together for racial equity.
- Black Lives Matter
- Movement for Black Lives
- Center for Policing Equity
- Color of Change—Sign a Petition to End Violent Policing Against Black People
- Official George Floyd Memorial Fund—Go Fund Me
- Official Justice for Breonna Taylor—Go Fund Me
- Official Run with Maud support for Ahmaud Arbery—Go Fund Me
- Help protestors, donate to a community bail fund
- NAACP Legal Defense Fund
- American Civil Liberties Union
- Black Futures Lab
- Equal Justice Initiative—Tragic Death of George Floyd Reveals Continuing Problem of Police Violence
- The Opportunity Agenda—Promoting Accountability
- National Black Justice Coalition
- The National Museum of African American History and Culture—Talking About Race
- 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice – Equality Includes You
- Black Women for Wellness
- WeAct for Environmental Justice
As always, we welcome your feedback, as this is an essential part of the ever-evolving process to create a more just and equal society.
President & CEO
Breast Cancer Prevention Partners