Response to Racial Disparities
Dear friends of BGV,
I hope this message finds you and your family well and healthy.
As most of you are aware this is a time of great anger, frustration, and hurting in our country. We are more divided then we have been for decades. The COVID 19 pandemic began highlighting the systematic and institutional racial disparities, and the most recent senseless and needless killings of Black men including Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd have brought us to the breaking point.
BGV supports the efforts of those speaking out for change in their communities and participating in peaceful protests. George Floyd’s brother called for people to bring about change not through violence but through voting. Voting not only at the national level but in local elections as well. This message was consistent with former President Obama’s who called on people to bring about change by voting as well. 2020 is an election year and this is your opportunity to have your voice heard.
It will take hard work, dedication, and patience from all of us to heal the wounds. BGV has and will continue to work with underserved populations in Connecticut, providing meaningful care and assisting families in accessing fair and equitable services.
Kim Shaunesey, Ph.D.
President & CEO