Today is Juneteenth.
Here at Sacramento Self-Help Housing, I have seen the continuing effects of racism among those we serve. This is a distressing and heartbreaking time in our country. We have all watched in horror as Stephon Clark, Darell Richards, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and countless others have been murdered at the hands of law enforcement. Sacramento Self-Help Housing (SSHH) acknowledges the fear, anger, sadness, and disgust we all feel over the acts of injustice. It is important to understand the impact these murders, and the ongoing burden of fear that our clients and staff of color experience. SSHH stands in solidarity with all who affirm that Black Lives Matter.
SSHH has paused over the last few weeks to deeply consider how to best engage on issues of systemic racism in our country. As an organization, SSHH recognizes that speaking on this issue can present a challenge. However, we believe in standing up for what is right. Internal conversations revealed the following:
We must stand: Acts of racism and injustice have no place in our society.
We must act: Zero Tolerance Policy. Any violation will result in discipline up to termination. this is to ensure fairness, safety and to have a policy to govern and keep us accountable.
We must engage: SSHH will develop a council of internal and external trusted partners and allies to help ensure that action and accountability is delivered.
John Foley, Executive Director