Position Statement and Pledge by the Inclusion Allies Coalition
As Diversity and Inclusion professionals, we have become increasingly concerned about the growing atmosphere of hate speech, fear, animosity, violence and intimidation. For years we have worked to create inclusive environments in the workplace and to encourage employees to become allies for those who are marginalized. We are now engaged in dialogues across differences to encourage frank and open conversations between and among people with radically different social and political positions. This is becoming increasingly difficult as employees are fearful of reprisals in the workplace and in their communities.
While we encourage diversity of thought and opinion, recent events in Charlottesville and other communities have caused us to feel the need to re-examine and affirm our commitment to being inclusion allies, as we watch hate groups call for the exclusion of people from many groups who should be equal and valued members of our organizations and communities.
At this time, we are putting a stake in the ground and raising our collective voices as diversity and inclusion practitioners. While we recognize there are groups that will never embrace the equal inclusion of all as a fundamental right and a bedrock of our country, we stand united and stronger than ever in our commitment to ensure inclusion prevails and hate speech is stopped. We will continue to speak out and act as allies against hate speech and violence, and to connect with groups that work to bring people together for dialogue and shared learning.
To do this, many of us support the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ and have committed to the following three actions to accelerate progress. We urge other diversity and inclusion practitioners to do the same by endorsing the pledge below:
1. To encourage dialogues across differences in order to have courageous conversations around topics that may divide us and to serve as inclusion allies for marginalized groups, and advocates in our organizations and communities. We will train other diversity and inclusion practitioners to facilitate these dialogues, and provide resources to use within their organization.
2. To implement and expand Inclusive Leadership and Unconscious Bias programs by training more external and internal Diversity and inclusion practitioners to conduct these sessions, and working with organizations to create systemic change.
3. To share best practices in creating inclusive environments and becoming inclusion allies and to create mentoring matches for those practitioners less experienced in implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives.
(The Inclusion Allies Coalition is a 300+member organization composed of organizations and practitioners committed to diversity, equity and inclusion within our organizations and society. We provide resources, advocacy, conferences and webinars for dialogues across differences to promote inclusion. We serve as allies for those who feel marginalized and advocates for inclusive policies and practices.)
Inclusion Allies Coalition Speaks Out on Zero Tolerance Immigration Policy
The Inclusion Allies Coalition is a group of close to 400 organizations and individuals committed to diversity, equity and inclusion within organizations and society. We strive to advocate for and serve as allies to those who are marginalized by policies and practices that exclude, discriminate against or otherwise lead to people being treated unfairly. Founded in 2017 in response to the massive polarization on a number of socio-political issues exacerbated by the 2016 US Presidential election, the Coalition carefully considers the positions that it takes. We believe that inclusion means that we consider divergent viewpoints and attempt to bridge our differences with greater understanding and acceptance. We feel that we must speak up as a united body when there are situations that jeopardize the values of inclusion.
As diversity practitioners we are often asked if there are boundaries or limits to inclusion. The answer is yes. For us inclusion means that we care about each other’s well-being. It means that we do not intentionally do harm to others. It means that we are empathetic and show compassion. Those whose actions would suggest the opposite, are not practicing inclusion.
We were heartened to hear yesterday that by Executive Order President Trump put a stop to the practice of separating immigrant children from their parents. This practice was abhorrent and totally violated the values of inclusion and equity. Moreover, it violated the values of most religions and the espoused values of our country. Even with the halt of this practice, we continue to worry about the fate of these 2000 plus children and their families. So much damage has been done. How and when will they be reunited with their parents? What are the irreversible psychological effects that many experts believe these children will face? More broadly, we remain concerned that as the Zero Tolerance policy continues to be enforced, inhumane treatment will not stop. And Attorney General Jeff Sessions has excluded fears of domestic abuse or gang violence as valid reasons for granting asylum in the United States.
How we wonder, in modern day America could this be happening? There was no immigration law mandating that children be separated from parents. Why would we exclude fears of personal violence as reasons for granting asylum? Where is the compassion that the President said led him to sign the executive order?
The Inclusion Allies Coalition members are dedicated in their respective roles to fostering practices, behaviors and mindsets that respect and value the dignity of every individual. We are about righting the wrongs of global injustices that have occurred since the beginning of time and unfortunately continue today. The practice of separating children from their parents is reminiscent of this horrible practice used during slavery and in Nazi Concentration and Japanese Internment Camps. It is incomprehensible to think that in 2018, our moral compass would allow us to repeat such abuse, and inhumane acts.
Admittedly, the immigration issue in this country is complex but lest we forget that we are a country born of immigrants and lest we forget the words at the base of the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
What can you do?
Speak out via your social media networks. Use your influence and platforms.
Attend a protest or vigil to show solidarity.
Donate to and support organizations, efforts that are being led by the communities that are impacted.
Call your elected officials. [Immigrant children detained-IAC position]
If you are a leader, hold your offices of D&I, CSR, Government Relations accountable for aligning themselves with equity and inclusion inside and outside the organization.
We often do not think that as one person we can make an impact. You can and we hope that you will join with The Inclusion Allies Coalition in denouncing this repulsive practice.
RESPONSES TO CHARLOTTESVILLE
A number of companies responded to the violence in Charlottesville by making public statements about their unwavering commitment to D & I and standing united against intolerance and hatred. We have included a few of these attorneys below.
JP Morgan Chase
JPMorgan Chase Chief Executive Jamie Dimon joined US corporate leaders in denouncing racial intolerance that turned violent over the weekend in Charlottesville, Va., And promised the largest US bank will find ways to help the community. "The racist behavior on display by these perpetrators of hate should be condemned and has no place in a country that draws strength from our diversity and humanity," Dimon told staff Monday in a memo. It was "a strong reminder that we must recommit ourselves every day as a society to stand up and keep up with the values that bind us as Americans."
Rohini Anand SVP Corporate Responsibility & Global Chief Diversity Officer, SODEXO
In light of the events in Charlottesville, VA and on behalf of Sodexo, the North America Sodexo leadership team stands united against intolerance and hatred. Sodexo reaffirms its unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion-both as a company and as a global corporate citizen. Diversity and inclusion are built in our mission, core values and ethical principles, as they have been since the company was founded. We know an inclusive environment is a catalyst for progress, and we will continue to foster diverse teams across North America and everywhere we operate.
Kenneth C. Frazier Chairman and CEO, Merck
AT&T CEO RANDALL STEPHENSON ADDRESSES RACIAL TENSIONS IN A SPEECH TO EMPLOYEES
In a speech recorded by an attendee at AT&T’s Employee Resource Groups conference, CEO Randall Stephenson praised the “black lives matter” movement and dismissed the retort “all lives matter,” that has been adopted by its critics. Admitting to his own previous naiveté and confusion about race, Stephenson paraphrased some wisdom imparted by a close black friend:
When a parent says, “I love my son,” you don’t say, “What about your daughter?” When we walk or run for breast cancer funding and research, we don’t say, “What about prostate cancer?” When the president says, “God bless America,” we don’t say, “Shouldn’t God bless all countries?” And when a person struggling with what’s been broadcast on our airwaves says, “black lives matter,” we should not say “all lives matter” to justify ignoring the real need for change.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME HERE : ALLIANCE OF SOUTH ASIANS TAKING ACTION
This poster was created in 2016 with the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action, and inspired by Muslim women in a literacy program in Oakland, CA. Participants shared stories about the harassment they often face in public, and one woman said "My friends stay inside the house because they are scared," she said. "But I always go back." She said seeing a poster like this at a business or library would make her and her friends feel "good, happy and safe."
If your organization would like to set up a large-scale printing and Distribution of these posters, contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
A LETTER TO OUR PATIENTS ON RACISM
Doctors and medical students who witnessed the events of the week of July 4th, 2016 with horror and grief, stated that "there is a long tradition of physician activists who have devoted their careers to working for racism. Yet historically, physicians as a group have not yet taken adequate responsibility for confronting racism, in our work or outside of it." The letter contains five commitments.
NATIONAL DAY OF RACIAL HEALING
The National Day of Racial Healing Initiative started on January 17, 2017 to help heal the wounds created by racial, ethnic and religious bias and build an equitable and just society where all children can thrive. Join the conversation / share your ideas - inspire others by letting them know what you've already achieved to improve racial healing at your organization. Use social media by posting your "solution stories" to common problems related to implementing racial diversity. Http://www.dayofracialhealing.com/
HOW NEW YORKERS DEAL WITH SWASTIKAS ON THE SUBWAY
I got on the subway in Manhattan on Saturday night, February 4, only to find a Swastika on every advertisement and every window. The train was silent when everyone stared at each other, uncomfortable and unsure what to do. One guy got up and said, "Hand sanitizer gets rid of Sharpie. We need alcohol." He found some tissues and got to work. I've never seen so many people simultaneously reach their bags and pockets looking for tissues and Purell. Within about two minutes, all the Nazi symbolism was gone.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8 SHOWS ECONOMIC SOLIDARITY IN "A DAY WITHOUT A WOMAN" On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, International Women's Day, the organizers behind the January March launched a show of economic solidarity in walkouts, rallies and marches dubbed "A Day Without A Woman. " It was a day of action to spotlight the economic power and value of women and Their Contributions to society in paid and unpaid labor. The day was also intended to push for gender justice, recognizing that trans and gender non-conforming people face equally compelling issues of discrimination and marginalization.
HOW AGENCIES EVERYWHERE SUPPORTED "A DAY WITHOUT WOMEN"
One day without a woman caught fast and made her way to the advertising industry. Some agencies decided to have no women come to the office at all, while others found other ways of showing support for female employees. This article shows how seven agencies either took part in A Day Without A Woman or supported their employees searching for a way to participate in the events.
THE CEO ACTION FOR DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION ™
A new CEO-led alliance-the largest ever commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace-launched in June 2017. The CEO's Action for Diversity and Inclusion focuses on three main areas: Creating a safe workplace environment for dialogue, mitigating unconscious bias , Og deling best-and-worst-practices. Det beskriver en konkret sæt af handlinger som virksomhederne vil tage. Alle de ondertekenaars dienen als leiders van hun bedrijven en hebben zich ertoe verbonden om de pledge in hun werkplekken te implementeren. Where companies have already implemented one or more of the commitments, they have committed to supporting other companies in doing the same.
Bernard J. Tyson, Chairman and CEO, Kaiser Permanente
Recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia and the president's reaction have been disheartening and unsettling. At times like this, it's important for us to ground ourselves in our mission and reaffirm the beliefs upon which our organization was built ...
Vi vil ikke tolerere racisme eller diskrimination eller nogen slags. We will continue to champion diversity, inclusion, and equity to achieve equality for all. "
MILLION WOMEN MARCH
The Women's March on Washington on January 21 is "so we can stand together as advocates, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us. The March supports
the advocacy movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities."This is the link to the official sign up for the Women's March on January 21, You need to sign up if you are going so that you have a ticket. It's free to sign up:
Here's the latest information on the sister marches in various cities:
https://www.womensmarch.com/sister-marches/ and the sign up for the Women's March on Washington in New York City:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/womens-march-on-nyc-tickets-29464021682
LETTER TO OUR PATIENTS
NEVER AGAIN PLEDGE
Hundreds of tech employees from a variety of companies large and small have signed their name to a public pledge that affirms their commitment to do no harm with their platforms. "We refuse to build a database of people based on their constitutionally-protected religious beliefs. We refuse to facilitate mass deportations of people the government believes to be undesirable." And they link their refusal to a long line of tech-enabled atrocities including the Holocaust, the internment of Japanese Americans, and specific genocides.