Santa Clara Community Organization Statement In Response to Recent Police Killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Far Too Many Others:
We are stunned and grieving from the traumatic loss of Black American lives as a result of continued systemic racism and recurring police violence. We say the names of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery and so many others.
We hear the voices of our fellow Americans crying for justice, and we renew our commitment to work every day to overcome the disparities that exist within our community and our society.
We recognize that racism does not only reside in individual hearts and minds. The violence and oppression that Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color face are reflected in racial disparities in all areas of society and call for systemic and policy changes in our communities, our workplaces, and our institutions.
The Santa Clara Community Organization is committed to cultivating an inclusive community that values and embraces diversity and respects the humanity of all people. This commitment includes educating ourselves on the topics of white privilege, implicit bias, and the systemic historical racism afflicting the United States for centuries. We want our brothers and sisters of color to know that we seek to understand and that we believe knowledge is power. The horrific racism that we still see in the year 2020 is unacceptable. We stand united in our fight for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all. Hate has no home in Santa Clara.
Black Lives Matter and we stand together.
— Adopted unanimously by a quorum of the SCCO Executive Board on July 2, 2020
Santa Clara Community Organization Diversity and Inclusion Statement:
The Santa Clara community is rich with natural beauty, passionate residents, and a commitment to using our collective diversity as an asset to benefit our present and inform our future. Our community affirms this commitment via this statement in support of diversity and its multiple benefits, those visible, tangible, and otherwise.
No person shall be victimized, marginalized, or discriminated against in our community on the basis of race, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, (dis)ability, education level, political affiliation, or citizenship status. We support dialogue, discourse, and disagreement in constructive and holistic capacities that further relationships and prosperity for all at the table. We reject hatred, bigotry, and vulgarity in all forms. We support an individual’s right to lead his, her, or their lives without influence from perspectives that foster racial, ethnic, or other bias based outcomes.
If you feel you have been the victim of or witnessed any type of discrimination in our community please report it (https://www.eugene-or.gov/2476/Equity-and-Human-Rights-Contact-Form), and if you aren’t sure, or have concerns about reporting, please contact the Santa Clara Community Hotline—the “SCCO Batphone”—at (458) 209-9990 for confidential assistance.
–Adopted unanimously by a quorum of the SCCO Executive Board July 2, 2020