Well done, you’ve reached the end of the 21 Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge 2020! Myself, along with the dedicated staff of the YWCA Greater Cleveland, our affiliates across the state and our organizational partners thank you for your commitment and participation. When we started this challenge, no one could have imagined that we’d end it, confronting a new way of life in the midst of a global pandemic.
It is said that it takes 21 days to form a habit. When we began this challenge at the beginning of March, our goal was to provide valuable content and to facilitate meaningful discussions within our community, around current issues of injustice and inequity. It was our hope that this challenge would uplift individuals to adopt new thoughts and habits, and to spark a renewed commitment to the fight for a more just and equitable society.
In light of the recent COVID-19 outbreak, which has challenged us in ways we could have never imagined, the mission of this challenge is more pertinent than ever before. As our content exemplified, it will be the marginalized, disenfranchised and historically discriminated against populations, that will be the most affected during this time of uncertainty and unrest.
In addition to adopting new habits which empower you to confront issues of racial equality and social justice, it is our sincere hope that each participant TAKE ACTION to help those people whom they know will suffer greatly during this crisis. In addition to the many action alerts presented to you throughout the last 21 days, I urge you to find opportunities to work on behalf of those vulnerable groups. Volunteer your time at a local foodbank, support local businesses or provide resources to the homeless and hungry.
If you have not read or interacted with each piece of content from this year’s challenge, now is a great time to go back and engage, find additional content to share in our Facebook group, and keep the conversation going. Discuss with your family and friends the impact that this crisis will have on marginalized people and invite them to take action.
In order to end the spread of COVID-19, a virus which affects people from all walks of life, we know that we must work together. It is my sincerest hope that on the other side of this pandemic, the spirit of togetherness, love and compassion that I have seen displayed will continue on and be extended to all people, creating a more just and equitable society. Again, thank you for your commitment and dedication to this challenge.