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Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

Please visit our Black Lives Matter page for an up-to-date list of resources and information.

 
June 1, 2020
A letter from our Board of Directors to Owners of Honest Weight
 
Dear Owners of Honest Weight,
 
The Honest Weight Board of Directors writes to you today to express our support of the Black Lives Matter protests and movement. Contrary to the ethos and laws of our country, racial injustice has been a grim reality for so many people for far too long. We are deeply moved by the passion, commitment, and bravery we've seen. We hope that June 2020 will launch a new era of progress towards a just and equitable society for all.
 
But we know we must do more than make a statement.
 
Honest Weight was founded on good intentions, and has endeavored to enact its Mission and Statements of Conscience in good faith. However, because racism and discrimination are fundamental to our country and pervade every aspect of life, there's no reason to believe our Co-op doesn't perpetuate racial biases. We want to do better, both within our walls and beyond.
 
Where and how to begin?
 
Possible areas of exploration and action to increase racial diversity and awareness include:
 
  1. Employment hiring, retention, and practices
  2. Racial Equity and Inclusion Training for Employees
  3. Racial Equity and Inclusion Policy Review and Development
  4. Diversity and Sensitivity Training for Employees and Membership
  5. Creation of a Diversity Committee
  6. Explore ways that the co-op can actively support an anti-racist agenda.
  7. Neighborhood Engagement programs by Outreach
 
The Board calls upon the Membership to join us in creating programs and governance bodies to a) uncover specific areas for improvement based upon a rigorous yet compassionate examination of our past; b) explore trainings, policies, and procedures that increase racial diversity and awareness among our Staff and Membership; and; c) enfold these efforts within our long-range planning purpose and vision.
 
Please submit ideas, comments, or proposals to the Board atBoardAdmin@honestweight.coop and use the subject heading INCLUSION; to attend and join the discussion at the next Board meeting follow: 
 
July Meeting of the HWFC Board of Directors
Time: July 07, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 893 5590 4979
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Meeting ID: 893 5590 4979
 
Help us to look within our cooperative, as each of us looks within ourselves. We welcome your ideas, critiques, and participation.
 
Sincerely,
HWFC Board of Directors
 
 

Thursday, July 8, 2:00 PM
 
Our July 7th Board Meeting was dedicated to addressing how the co-op should move forward on its work as related to, but not limited to:
  1. Employment hiring, retention, and practices
  2. Racial Equity and Inclusion Training for Employees
  3. Racial Equity and Inclusion Policy Review and Development
  4. Diversity and Sensitivity Training for Employees and Membership
  5. Creation of a Diversity Committee
  6. Explore ways that the co-op can actively support an anti-racist agenda.
  7. Neighborhood Engagement programs by Outreach

See the above for the entire message from our Board regarding this meeting.

Attendance was strong and included many HWFC member-owners and staff. Discussion was deep and meaningful.

The major action step from this meeting was the creation of an Anti-Racism committee — a working group to address the above, and more, as related to the co-op.

Many in attendance at the meeting passionately expressed interest in being a part of the committee. Those interested in joining the Anti-Racism committee should email Tyler, our Board Administrator, at BoardAdmin@honestweght.coop

It was announced that board treasurer Warren Hamilton and board member Gregor Wynnyczuk would be co-board-liasons to the committee.

 

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