This has been a deeply painful couple weeks within a harsh and complicated year. Even beyond the pain of losing more Black people to police violence, we are watching the wounds of centuries worth of oppression be laid bare. Like so many others in this moment, our team is looking inward, to root out unintentional harbors for racism or privilege, while searching for ways to be part of the solutions our communities need.
We took the day—Friday, June 5th—across all our cities and communities globally to mourn and pay our respects to the loss of human lives, the trauma that has been inflicted on countless families over generations, and the pain and suffering that Black communities in the United States have faced for centuries. We certainly do not have all the answers, but in this shared moment of ache and reflection, we do commit to redoubling our efforts to drive meaningful change in peoples’ lives through our work on mental health and wellbeing. We will increase our focus on justice and equitable access to mental health services while promoting altruism, resilience, hope, optimism and coping skills in the people we serve. We know we are not alone on this journey, and we hope to learn more about how our community of partners are moving forward too.
Out of the huts of history’s shame
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
— From And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
Moitreyee Sinha, CEO and Co-Founder, citiesRISE