Our sincere condolences go out to the Lyoya family, as well as our Grand Rapids communities. Patrick Lyoya’s death was an avoidable tragedy. Our neighbors, especially those who are people of color or immigrants, continue to struggle for social justice. It weighs heavily on us.
The fight against systemic racial violence and unconscious bias should be taken up by all. Businesses are not exempt. If we want to see a future without systemic violence, where people of all races, religion, and origins can feel welcomed in the community, we need action. Business leaders need to take an active role, demanding changed policies and approaches.
Fluresh remains committed to doing our part to bring about equality and respect for communities of color. In addition to our commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout our process and organization, Fluresh has made donations today to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Communities United Against Police Brutality, and the Grand Rapids Urban League. This is a small step, but one in the right direction. We are calling on other business owners to do the same. Simply posting condolences on social media is not enough.
The system needs to change, and these organizations have been working towards that positive change for many years. While we have a long way to go, they have been making progress, and we’re hopeful that with increased support, they’ll be able to do even more.
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