Standing United for Inclusion and Equity
United Way California Capital Region Statement on Racism and Injustice

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People across the country are expressing their outrage for the killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and too many more.

Our United Way shares these feelings of sadness and outrage toward racial violence and injustice in our country. We are also asking ourselves how we can make a difference during this difficult time. If we are committed to building stronger, healthier, and more compassionate communities, then we must channel our justifiable outrage to collaborative action. 

We must stand united for justice. 

We are living in difficult and uncertain times. Many of us are still coping with the challenges of a “new normal” during a pandemic that has further exposed racism and inequality in this country.

When I reflect on the great work our United Way has done in our community, I know that we can work together toward a more equitable country that we can be proud to leave for future generations. I also know that we have a long way to go to dismantle the systems and structures that contribute to the vast inequities we experience as a nation and as a region. The cost of the health and well-being of those communities that have the least and struggle the most is both incalculable and unacceptable.

Our greatest strength at United Way California Capital Region is our ability to work collaboratively with the entire community– from local elected leaders to school districts, parents, families, volunteers, and donors– to address the region’s most pressing needs. We aim to achieve sustainable change that will help move families from crisis to thriving and to ensure a more just and equitable region. 

Let’s take this work on together. 

-Stephanie R. M. Bray
President & CEO
United Way California Capital Region