Chamber Stands for Business and Social Justice

Chamber Stands for Business and Social Justice

Letter from the Board Chair Bob Caldwell

The month of June has been filled with an array of emotions.  The senseless killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Rayshard Brooks set off waves of shock, anger, and frustration that transcended the Black community and awakened widespread awareness of the depth of systemic racism in our nation.  For many of us, these events have inspired self-examination and a new commitment that things must change.

As a voice for the business community, the Northbrook Chamber has a special responsibility to support an atmosphere of economic opportunity, fairness and inclusivity for all. We must confront the systemic obstacles that have placed Black workers and business owners at a disadvantage for generations. From microaggressions that make individuals feel unwelcome to economic barriers in housing and financing, the Chamber has the duty to recognize the realities around us and the opportunity to help in tangible ways.

I encourage you to take the time to learn more about how systemic racism burdens our society.  The Northbrook Public Library has compiled a curated list of books, videos, and other resources, available for digital download.  Getting educated about the experiences of others is a crucial first step in recognizing and addressing our own shortcomings.  On behalf of our Board and staff, I pledge that we commit ourselves to the values of equality and inclusivity within the Chamber organization and in the broader business community.

 

Bob Caldwell
Hallmark Homecare
Northbrook Chamber Board Chair 2020

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