Dear Friends of Windhorse Elder Care,
It’s Juneteenth, and we believe today should be a national holiday.
On this incredibly important and historic day for our country, more than two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation at the end of the Civil War, the enslaved people of Galveston, TX were freed at last. We celebrate it as a day of progress, but there is a very long way to go in the journey to racial equity and true freedom in this country. On this day, we as an organization are committing to doing better.
We are taking action in the following ways:
-By clearly stating on our website and to our wider community that we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement against police brutality of the black community
-Adding additional race-specific diversity training as a requirement for all staff
-Offering ongoing resources for further personal education on inequality and systemic racism, and creating spaces for the uncomfortable conversations needed to grow in becoming more intentionally anti-racist. We are working on compiling an ever-growing library of resources on these topics that will be easily accessible through our website and internal web portals.
-Donating to causes that are supporting this movement and linking opportunities to staff to do the same
-Actively recruiting more BIPOC staff
-Heightening our awareness day in and day out around inequities for BIPOC, and actively advocating for positive change and more race-specific issue awareness within our wider elder care community in Boulder
Please reach out to us with further ideas on how we can do better as a community. We are fiercely committed to listening, learning, and growing. We invite your voices and ideas and feedback.
In humble solidarity,
Jyoti Sharp and the Windhorse Leadership Team