The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery in just the past few weeks, coupled with the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color, remind us that while things may be different, little has changed for Black people in America.
And that has to change .
Black lives matter. We must stop criminalizing Black people simply for living. We cannot continue to have our Black children punished by the systems that are supposed to support their advancement in life like employment, health care, and education. Our Black children continue to be impacted by white fright, over-policing, mass incarceration, abuse, and death at the hands of law enforcement.
We actively protest against white supremacy culture and the racial injustice it preserves through our mission and work every day. We call for the healing of the traumatic impact of systemic racism through the integration of racial equity, trauma-inclusive care, and restorative justice in all of our youth and adult-facing programs and partnerships.
The pain right now is real and not new for many of us. As a predominantly POC organization, we feel it deeply. Recent events further expose the wounds of systemic racism and the embedded layers of challenge impacting us individually, the young people, and communities to which we are committed. Like so many who are now taking to the streets, our fear, pain, anger, and grief is fueling our determination and persistence to continue to be champions of change.
We need to take care of each other and ensure that the young people of color with whom we work feel heard, seen, and supported in the face of today’s realities. Together, we are more resilient. Together we can heal and continue to provide the young people of color in the City of Boston with opportunities to help us battle systemic racism through healing, growth and leadership.

TBC’s Organizational Equity Practice connects individuals and organizations committed to racial equity to dynamic, holistic, learning opportunities. Next week OEP is offering two workshops for non-profit professionals who are seeking collective support, learning, or specific suggestions on what more we all must do.
To heal our collective trauma, OEP is hosting a POC Community Healing Circle on Thursday, June 11 between 3:00-4:15 pm.  

It is FREE to register – view details here .
Our emotions are real and justified and we cannot carry it alone. So, we ask that you join us in this safe space for healing, resilience, and strength through mindfulness practices, conversation, and community. Through this we hope to provide the opportunity for supportive care for ourselves and the youth we serve.
" If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of
the oppressor. " – Desmond Mpilo Tutu
This is no time for silence. In solidarity, OEP is offering you an opportunity to join TBC in ensuring neutrality is not the norm. OEP is hosting one of our quarterly sessions on Dismantling White Supremacy Culture ( WSC ) on Friday, June 12 between 9 – 11:30 a.m.

Click here to register and view details.
Discover your voice by taking this opportunity to deepen your understanding of how four aspects of White Supremacy Culture help to maintain the injustice resulting from systemic racism. Discover what you can do about them. The session will provide you with tools to begin to address the ways that either/or thinking , objectivity , worship of the written word, and perfectionism are impacting your organization and your life.
The work continues. We appreciate the ongoing commitment of you, our donors and partners, and invite you to make a gift today in solidarity with the communities we serve.
Below is a short list of racial equity readings we recommend as we all advance toward equity, individually and collectively: