A safer world can’t exist without justice. Like many of you, we spent this weekend horrified by the police violence in response to protests of George Floyd’s murder and their calls for ending racist practices targeting African American communities.

While the work that we do together seeks to make gender equality a working reality in our community, the values behind GCNP – respect, fairness, valuing diverse perspectives – hold a deeper meaning. We stand firmly against discrimination, inequity, xenophobia, bigotry, and racism in any form. Our values are in direct opposition to any systemic or systematic oppression that debases the personhood of our fellow human beings.

Working together as allies in our efforts to create equity in an inequitable world, we will continue to strive toward a goal of realizing these values. It is up to each of us, as individuals and as a collective, to instill our work and our daily lives with these values, motivated by the conviction that doing so is just, democratic and essential to building a peaceful and secure future.

Black Lives Matter.

Laura, Michelle, and Jack