Statement of the Brighton Chamber of Commerce: Committed to ending racism and discrimination in our community
June 10, 2020
Dear Brighton Chamber Members,
The Brighton Chamber of Commerce condemns the senseless killings and acts of violence that are repeatedly directed at the African American community and all communities of color. We grieve the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and the countless others who have lost their lives.
Racism and injustice cannot be tolerated. These acts cause many in our communities to live with fear, apprehension and anxiety that have been allowed to persist for far too long. The Brighton Chamber of Commerce condemns all acts of hate, discrimination and injustice, and remains dedicated to creating and sustaining an inclusive community where people want to live, work and play.
We support those peacefully protesting to end these injustices and are committed to ending racism and discrimination in our community through our words and actions. At this critical juncture, we must stand together to collectively speak out against systemic oppression.
We ask you to join us in this effort and to take your own steps to push back against racism and injustice to help drive meaningful and lasting change that ALL of our communities deserve. We challenge business and community leaders, ourselves and each person in our community to actively work towards a better understanding of one another and commit to actions which produce a more inclusive community and economy.
Stay safe and healthy.
Nelson Lopatin, President
Kelly Bagnaschi, Vice President
Beth Sears, Secretary
Mike Tullio, Treasurer
Brighton Chamber of Commerce