Our communities are reeling. Our communities are also rising up for accountability, justice and healing. In light of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and all of the other instances of violence and racism impacting us all nationally and locally—such as the deaths of Denver-metro residents William Debose and Elijah McClain.

We, the Registered Neighborhood Organization Boards of Overland Park, Ruby Hill, Athmar Park, and Valverde, are grounded in values and actions based on compassion and inclusivity. Our hearts are breaking, and there are fires raging in our bellies to address the endemic issues of white supremacy, racism, and implicit bias plaguing our nation, our state, and our city.

We wholeheartedly stand against discrimination, racism, prejudice, persecution, or injustice in any form at both the individual and systemic levels. We commit to continuing the positive action of our neighborhood by taking an active role in this. We invite you to join us! Below are our commitments as individuals and your neighborhood Board, along with a list of resources to help us act on those commitments.

We commit to developing a better understanding of race, racism, and its impacts in America
We commit to being stronger advocates in our own families, social circles, and communities by discussing race and racism with others
We commit to creating spaces of healing and connection for Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) who are marginalized by racist and otherwise oppressive systems
We commit to maintaining a reflective and intersectional lens as we do this work, because this is an issue that needs to be addressed at the systemic and individual levels
  • We all have a beautiful multitude of social identities, including race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, religion, gender (and gender fluidity), sexuality, ability, (and the list goes on) that weave together and influence the way other people treat us. All of these social identities are important, and we know that by addressing racism in our communities and systems, we can advance equity for everyone. Here is one meaningful example of this: the first celebration of Pride was the Stonewall riot, sparked by Marsha Johnson, a Black trans woman activist fighting against police brutality, who was then joined by countless people from the LGBTQ+ community
  • Learn about and address implicit biases and consider problematic responses to difficult conversations about race (you can also read the book)
We commit to taking action to fight against oppression

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United States

Please help us to help each other to improve our neighborhoods, and create an equitable community. Thank you all for doing your part in making our communities more inclusive and just spaces.

Wishing you all grace and power.

Athmar Park Neighborhood
  • Overland Park Neighborhood Association Board
  • Ruby Hill Neighborhood Association Board
  • Athmar Park Neighborhood Association Board
  • Valverde Neighborhood Association Board