Racial Justice Statement
SCRC's Commitment to Racial Justice
The Shippensburg Community Resource Coalition (SCRC) stands in solidarity with community members in Shippensburg and across the United States, demanding justice for Black lives, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, and for all Black lives who have been taken prematurely by police brutality. We join their condemnation of all forms of racism.
SCRC recognizes the need to reform the systems and institutions that continue to oppress people of color and that these systems encourage inequities in all areas of life including social services, health, education, housing, arts and culture, and the environment. We firmly believe Black Lives Matter and support the calls for reform in our police departments, prisons, government, and institutions and recognize that social services also need reform. Our mission states, we are a “collaborative effort to provide quality social services and youth programs that are accessible and safe and that recognize the dignity and worth of each person. Our goal is to help community members reach their full potential.” “Each person” includes Black, Indigenous, and People of Color and we acknowledge that as long as racial injustices continue to happen, our community members of color are not treated with dignity, their worth is not recognized, and they are not able to reach their full potential.
Shippensburg Community Resource Coalition pledges to be more strategic in working with governments, institutions, and community organizations to advance racial justice. We embrace and seek to learn more about being an anti-racist organization and community. We commit to:
Critically examining our own practices, policies, and programs from an anti-racist perspective.
Learning best practices and research to overcome racism, with the goal of sharing what we learn through our coalition work with Healthy Shippensburg and Communities that Care.
Providing space to listen to community members of color and invite their participation in the organization.