The Seattle 2030 District condemns the police violence that took the lives of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, and so many others, past and present. As an organization, we recognize that we have not done enough to combat racism in our industry; showing support is important, being honest about our complicity is necessary.
Both environmental justice and social justice are necessary to create a healthier environment for all of us. In an industry that has been exceedingly beneficial to some, primarily White men, our inaction has made us complicit in the systematic oppression of Black and Brown people.
At our Board retreat last year, we focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and provided training to the Board of Directors. It was the first step in a long journey to integrate DEI into the Seattle 2030 District projects and to educate our members. We continue to work on this critical issue but recognize that there is a long way to go. In the coming months, we will provide updates to our members on our progress. Throughout this process, we will be fully transparent, sharing what went well, what did not work, and how we applied these lessons. These updates will come through our website, newsletters, and social media.
In solidarity, we stand with Black Lives Matter and commit to being better. We hope that this is a decisive moment of change for this country—it is up to us to hold each other accountable.
Executive Director, Seattle 2030 District