on Jun 04, 2020
HR&A’s Commitment to Anti-Racism
We humbly stand in solidarity with Black communities that have been fighting for over 400 years against state-sponsored violence and systemic racism in all forms.
A Just & Resilient Recovery began as our framework to help address the economic crisis in cities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and to achieve equitable outcomes in the process. The past week has underscored the imperative of racial justice as a prerequisite to the recovery we seek.
We are reflecting on our role as well as that of our field in perpetuating White supremacy. We commit to take action in the coming days, weeks, months, and years to reshape our firm and the ways we work with communities to advance racial justice. As a first step, we have begun convening an Anti-Racism Working Group to hold our firm accountable to the hard work ahead. We have also established a Solidarity & Action Fund, which will invest in anti-racist advocacy organizations and be distributed under the guidance of staff in our Black Employee Resource Group. Moving forward, we commit to reaching out to and learning from our partners and collaborators who have deep experience dismantling systems of oppression and who are helping to organize and support protests, vital reforms, and communities of color.
Below, we have included a framework that HR&A is referencing as we begin the work of becoming an anti-racist multicultural organization. We share this as a resource and a starting point for conversation with you.