“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Top row (L-R): Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Cynthia Hurd, Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Rev. Daniel Simmons Bottom row (L-R): Susan Jackson, Sharonda Singleton, Myra Thompson, Ethel Lance Source: CBS News

Please take action on behalf of the nine people murdered on Wednesday, June 17, at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C.: Top row (L-R): Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Cynthia Hurd, Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Rev. Daniel Simmons.  Bottom row (L-R): Susan Jackson, Sharonda Singleton, Myra Thompson, Ethel Lance. Photo collage source: CBS News

As you may know, the Center for Courage & Renewal is a partner with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s “100 Million Healthier Lives” initiative. They have sent out a call to action to all partner organizations, and we’d like to share it with all of you:

The attack in a Charleston church this past week was horrific and heartbreaking. We know this is not the beginning, this is not the end, and this is not unique to Charleston. Racism is an insidious disease which has caused gaping wounds in our country. The tragedies of Charleston, Baltimore, and Ferguson in the past six months are but symptoms of this disease. Achieving our audacious goal of 100 million healthier lives requires that we address this issue—we cannot ultimately address the root causes of inequity in our country without the recognition that we are one human family.

Through 100 Million Healthier Lives, with your support and with the support of our partner organizations, we have an opportunity to join voices and come together in collective action to address individual, institutional, and systemic racism.

Would you pledge to take action with us? Click on the link below to sign up to take action and report actions you’ve taken.

We invite you to pledge to take one or more of the 9 actions below, one for each life lost in Charleston (CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE PLEDGE):

  1. Take the implicit bias test (https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html) on race and one other category to learn more about your own biases.
  2. Convene a moment of silence in your workplace or neighborhood.
  3. Talk about what happened in Charleston with a friend.
  4. Become trained: Attend an upcoming Undoing Racism, Fundamentals of Facilitation for Racial Justice Work, Racial Equity (www.pisab.org/) or other training.
  5. Join racial justice conversations: Many are already going on in your communities to listen, speak up, and be willing to be of service. Find out who is working on this in your community and partner with them.
  6. Convene a dialogue on racism in your community. We can help with this.
  7. Make your support visible: Add something to your email signature or a sign to your home showing where you stand.
  8. Learn more: Commit to getting to know someone who is different from you—take the time to understand their story and be in relationship with them.
  9. Invite others to take action: Share this email with colleagues and friends through your networks and conversations, post on social media, and invite others to pledge to take action with us.

Please report what actions you have taken so we can keep track of the response: www.surveymonkey.com/r/JRB8C67.

We will be hosting a special webinar on this issue on Wednesday, July 1st from 4:00-5:30 PM EDT. You can join the webinar by clicking here (ihi.webex.com/mw…) or dial into the call at 1-866-469-3239 (access code: 620 004 361).

The 100 Million Healthier Lives Leadership Team

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