A Message from Tamara Lundi, Interim President and CEO, Community Healthlink


For days now, I have pondered on how I would start this message to all of you. Even at this moment, the thought of "releasing a statement" about yet another unjust killing of an unarmed black man and sharing our "prayers and condolences" is something I have dreaded. But here we are...again.

As the current leader of this organization, it is my responsibility to speak to you all on the behalf of this agency and our stance against racism and oppression. Community Healthlink is an organization that stands for equality, justice, and the betterment of the lives of those who are marginalized in mainstream society. Every day we work to be the voice of those whose voices go unheard due to negative stereotypes, discrimination, and stigma. We are a team of caregivers who serve the under served, reach the unreachable, and remember those who society oftentimes forget.

As an African-American woman, it is my responsibility to speak to you from my perspective as a member of the black and brown community. I remain strongly committed to all of our caregivers. To those of you from our black and brown communities, know that your lives do matter. The essence of who you are does matter. Your existence and contributions to our team and to this world do matter. I stand in strong solidarity with those who stand for justice and the healing of our nation. You matter to me. 

I get that this statement will be grouped with all of the other statements being issued and my prayers and condolences will take their place with everyone else's. To be honest, personally, I feel like the significance of those words, at this point, are like the air that George Floyd pleaded to breathe - lost. 

But what I hope is not lost, is hope itself. My hope, while at times just a small glimmer, is that we will stop having to issue statements and stop having to share our thoughts and regrets and that we will instead, be the change and not just talk about what needs to change.

I challenge each of you, individually and collectively, as I challenge myself, to consider what that means for you and how you will act on it moving forward. Because the truth is, it is our responsibility to care for each other.

Sincerely,

 

Tamara

 

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