Racism & Police brutality have plagued our black brothers & sisters since the inception of our nation, but many Americans are just now waking up to this fact. At Thirst Project we’ve spent the past week listening, learning and leading our team to better understand the black experience in America today.
For us, that meant having tough conversations amongst staff, disagreements on what to do or what to say and ultimately accepting the reality that nothing we have done has been enough. ⠀
With that said, here is what we plan to do with what we’ve learned these past few days…⠀
💧 We will work to diversify our Board of Directors.⠀
💧 We will work to further diversify the Employees, Interns and Vendors we hire.⠀
💧 We will host at least two (2) Summer School (Zoom) sessions where students can discuss how they are handling these issues in their local communities and provide action steps for them to make a difference. ⠀
💧 We will create opportunities for students to use their time, voice & vote to end police brutality & racism. ⠀
💧 We will work to maintain an inclusive workplace where all voices feel heard & respected. ⠀
💧 We will give as much paid time off during the workday this week and in the weeks to follow to any Staffer who wants to Protest. ⠀
💧 We will give as much paid time off during the workday this week and in the weeks to follow to any Staffer who wants to Volunteer to organize at BLM or related organizations leading the fight for racial equality right now. ⠀
💧 We will give as much paid time off during the workday this week and in the weeks to follow to any Staffer who wants to Volunteer to clean up the city after the present riots.⠀
💧 Above all, we will be creating a space on our website where individuals can learn more about where we stand on this issue and ways to take action from anywhere in the world, as well as our progress towards completing the above goals.
If you had any question where we stand on this issue, let us say it extremely loud & clear 🗣 #BLACKLIVESMATTER
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