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Social justice

June 1, 2020

Dear Chicago Wilderness Members,

We are deeply saddened by the tragic events across our country and region and express our deepest condolences to the family of George Floyd and to all Black people who have lost a loved one or experienced or witnessed racial injustice.

As an Alliance, we stand for social justice and unequivocally condemn acts of violence and racist sentiments, behaviors, and systems that undermine humanity. We take responsibility to find solutions that make our communities better for everyone.

We know that Black people and people of color have experienced a systemic legacy of environmental injustice, resulting in health and economic disparities in our region and beyond. We are committed to providing resources and to facilitate necessary and needed conversations on diversity, inclusion, and tolerance to further address this important work, such as developing a virtual workshop with the Chicago Freedom School and Carolyn Finney to understand and acknowledge what it will take to advance our full green vision for the region. 

We welcome your leadership on this effort and on helping us recruit new CW members who reflect that diversity, inclusion, and tolerance.

Yours in Conservation,

Elizabeth S. Kessler, MBA, CPRE
Chair, Chicago Wilderness
Executive Director, McHenry County Conservation District