To our BC Greens community,
On Thursday, we posted the below statement on our social media platforms:
“We stand against hate and racism. As a political party in a country founded upon colonialism, we acknowledge the part we play in the perpetuation of systemic racism in BC. It’s our responsibility to fight for justice, equity and representation in our party and politics.”
We recognize that a social media post isn’t enough. We have the power and the voice to make a difference and everyday action is required from us.
Here are some of the ways we’re acting:
We will amplify the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color within our organization.
We are engaging in dialogue. A couple weeks ago we started a conversation facilitated by Dr. Lisa Gunderson, Anti-Racist Equity Consultant, about how we can begin to address issues within our own party. We will continue to have these discussions with staff, members, and volunteers.
We are learning. We are compiling a list of resources to share with our staff and volunteers. These address the issues, consequences, and actions that can be taken both within our organization and in our daily lives. Some of these can be found below.
- We remain committed to building a diverse, equitable, and anti-racist party. BC Greens are based on principles of respect for diversity and social justice, we will work and do whatever is necessary to make sure our party reflects these values.
Here’s a list of resources Dr. Gunderson has shared with us to start our conversation:
Why “I’m not racist” is only half the story–Robin DiAngelo
Your turn–Colour Code podcast with Denise Balkissoon and Hannah Sung
- How unintentional but insidious bias can be the most harmful–Race Matters with Charlayne Hunter-Gault
We look forward to continuing this conversation within our organization.
Chair, Provincial Council
BC Green Party