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An Update from Our Executive Director

Author: 
Martha McCoy
March 24, 2020

Dear Friends of Everyday Democracy, 

We are with you in spirit at this uncertain and difficult time in our country and world. 

While our physical office is closed for the time being and we have curtailed travel, we will continue connecting with you and finding ways to support you. In these weeks of working remotely, our staff has redoubled our commitment to support one another. In the same spirit, we will use this unprecedented time to strengthen relationships and community across our network.    

Your dedication to bringing people together for voice, positive change, and racial equity inspires us.  Though it won’t be possible to bring people together in physical spaces for the foreseeable future, the relationships and deep collaborations you have nurtured will form a strong foundation for finding new ways to create communities that work for all. We commit to working with you to discover and share ideas and resources.   

We know that the issues you are working on – education, criminal justice, community policing, health care, poverty reduction – are becoming even more challenging due to the spread of COVID-19. And there are immediate needs in our families and communities due to working on the front lines, job loss, sickness, and added stress. Across the world, people are supporting each other in the face of required physical distance.    

We are grateful for your civic courage. We look forward to finding ways to encourage each other and support community connection, racial equity, and everyday democracy under these new conditions. 

We will reach out to explore:
•    Ways to reconfigure some of our tools and resources for more interactive online use
•    Writing new materials to respond to the challenges we’re currently facing
•    Opportunities for new ways of networking now and beyond

Our goal is to connect, engage, explore and build our resiliency for today and tomorrow.

Take care and may you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy. Please look for invitations from us for calls and online meetings.

In solidarity,
Martha on behalf of the board and staff 

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