“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
It’s safe to say that 2020 has been a year of great challenge.
Some of these challenges seemed to have come out of thin air: economic instability, a devastated jobs market, and a global pandemic.
Compounding all of this, social media and 24/7 news have brought a more persistent challenge to the forefront. One that is not new and that has influenced our society for generations.
Unlike the short term obstacles presented by a pandemic, what we’re addressing today is the presence of systemic racism.
As a society, we have a lot of feelings about this. We’re angry that it exists… We’re fearful that one of us may fall victim to it. We’re heartbroken. And we mourn the loss of so many black men and black women that should still be with us today. It’s easy to understand how so many of us feel waves of despair and a general lack of control.
But we’re also resilient and we know that challenges are meant to be overcome.
Agency Partner Interactive acknowledges that the black community is hurting. Please know that you are not alone. We are committed to standing by your side because Black Lives Matter to us! Please know that you are loved and that we respect and cherish you as our peer, colleague, neighbor, friend, family member, and fellow citizen.
Yours very truly,
Muhammad, Adam, Sean, Jessica, Ashley, Priscilla, Caroline
Tauseef, Kashif, Daniyal, Zohaib, Shahbaz, Noama, Bilal A., Riaz, Bilal K., Danny, Saad, Zubair, Sherry, Faiza, Hafsa, Anwer, and Usman
Knowledge Is Power – Empower Yourself To Be The Change
For people that are looking to make a tactical, real change, figuring out where to start can be hard! And it’s okay to feel a little bit lost, but your sincere desire to do something, anything will hopefully lead you toward a first step that makes sense.
With a disclaimer that we are not experts in sociology, we simply want to share some resources that may help you in your journey towards building bridges with people and facilitating a better world for everyone.
How To Get Started Now – Education
What is Systemic Racism? (4-minute video)
What is the Difference Between Being NON-racist and ANTI-racist? (2-minute video)
What To Do Once You’re Educated – Use Your Voice
In the United States, we have elected officials who work for us. Once you are fully educated on the issues (be sure to look at and critically think about BOTH sides of these), contact your elected official and let them know where you stand. They work for you! Make sure they do their jobs!
Finding your politicians is simple.
- Click the red button below
- Enter your zip code
- View elected officials (from the White House to your city council)
Another resource for learning about your representation is online at 270toWin. By clicking on the Magnifying Glass in the header of the page, you can easily enter your zip code to search for your elected officials.
Once you’ve contacted your elected officials, we invite you to kindly NOT keep your mouth shut. Come out as ANTI-racist and share what you’ve learned whether it be at the dinner table with your family or with friends during happy hour. When doing so, use your knowledge and check your own implicit bias. Remember, just because we were born into this system, it does not mean that we have to live with it – as humans, it is our duty to change it.
Other Things You Can Do To Help
Be an Ally
- Continue to educate yourself and try to listen more than you speak.
- When you share your voice, do so while armed with facts (and do fact-check your sources!
Be an Advocate
- Understand that by supporting Black Lives Matter, you’re doing the right thing. BLM is inclusive of black police officers as well. All lives cannot matter until black lives do too.
- Use your voice. Have open conversions with your friends, hold your elected officials accountable for their voting history, and oh.. yes, of course! You better show up to vote!
- Be involved in your local community, know who your civic leaders are, and get to know a total stranger that looks, feels, or thinks differently from you.
Be a Demonstrator
Be a Donor
Be a Volunteer
Be a Member – Grow Your Business with a Partner or Hire a Member!
We Believe In The Power of Diversity and Inclusion
“diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.” Verna Myers
To us, the value of diversity and inclusion in the workforce is unmistakable. In fact, diversity is at the very heart of our business.
If you’re looking for a business team that can truly engage in creative problem solving, why limit yourself to a company with people that all share the exact same background and experiences?
A team of people that bring a collection of different experiences, thoughts, and angles make for the most thoughtful, creative solutions to common and unique problems. Not only does this yield a richer company culture, but it’s the right thing to do.
Workplace diversity is not a fad or just some politically correct thing to do. It seriously creates a competitive advantage. So if we’re being honest, our sales and marketing teams love diversity because it helps us outperform competitors. Our customers love it because it helps them enjoy a greater return on their investments. As individual contributors, we love diversity and inclusion because it allows us to create friendships and learn about things that we would otherwise never be exposed to.
Diversity and inclusion is the American way. We respect and value everyone. While we do value our similarities, we also value our differences that come from race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, disability, and age.
Here’s the thing…
As a company, we may feel like we have most things figured out… we’re far from perfect, but we’re actively working to evolve, innovate, and do and be better.
Because we know that there is still a disconnect… while our conversations are healthy, it is up to each of us to bring about the systemic change that we need to fully allow for a diverse and inclusive society. Right now, it is up to us to rally around the black community and close the gap so that the next generation inherits a world that is better than what we started with.
The power of information sharing is a real thing and the speed with which it takes place is faster than ever. Let’s use education and speed to our advantage in working towards a better future for ourselves and each other.