We’ve all seen what is happening across the country in response to the racial and social injustice that has been perpetuated for far too long. There are many colleagues who may need to maintain a facade of “professionalism” while personally dealing with a pandemic and institutionalized racism that puts the lives of them and loved ones at risk. They may have even participated in the protests this weekend.
I believe strongly we should acknowledge what our teammates may be going through and at least know that they’re seen and that they can bring their whole-selves to work. Have any of your companies sent anything out, and if so, how/when/what? Any suggestions would be really appreciated!
Today’s all staff email will not include information about GRID’s financial position*. Given the ongoing and systemic racism and violence against Black folx, there is nothing more important today than to say BLACK LIVES MATTER. Black staff at GRID matter. Black clients matter. Black job trainees matter. Every single Black life matters.
To GRID’s Black staff, it is ok to call in Black. Please prioritize your emotional and physical well-being.
Thank you to [Irasema Garcia] and [Elijah Perry] for providing words and resources addressing the racism and systemic racial terror that is the fabric of this country. Please read their jive post as well as this resource list [Ashley Perez] put together.
Staff have been asking for space to process and express their feelings, so we will be holding three optional spaces today at 1:00pm PST/4:00pm EST. We will also be scheduling additional time on Friday. We have decided to create separate spaces for staff based on racial affinity groups so that Black staff and staff of color can process without having to educate others.
The zoom call in information is below:
Black staff - zoom link
Non-Black People of Color - zoom link
White staff - zoom link
Multi-racial, staff should choose the space that feels most appropriate.