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NHWBA Statement About Racial Justice

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 3:05 PM | Anonymous

The New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association (NHWBA) condemns the recent murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, and others at the hands of systemic racial injustice that pervades our country and communities. Racism, intolerance, oppression, and hate have no place in our society, and we cannot stand silent. Gender equity does not exist in a vacuum – it goes hand in hand with racial equity, and we must stand as effective allies with the Black men, women, and children who are affected by such racism, intolerance, oppression, and hate.

We must say their names as we renew our commitment to advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion in the legal profession and beyond:

Their lives matter. As attorneys, we have certain privilege and obligation to speak up and fight for those who cannot, which includes those who are suffering at the hands of inequity and injustice. We must work together to become stronger allies for our colleagues, friends, and neighbors who are marginalized, and to use our voices to fight against racial inequity not only in the legal profession, but in all aspects of our society. We must call out racism for what it is when it happens, and continue to strive for human rights regardless of skin color and equal justice under the law.

We urge you to join us in a call to action for the New Hampshire legal community to use our resources, skills, and time to make change and to be anti-racist. Here are a few resources to get you started:

Educate: Watch, read, and listen…

Ms. JD Virtual Toolkit: Allyship in the Legal Profession: In this webinar, you are invited to learn about what allyship means and how to be an ally for Black people in the legal profession from Ms. JD Co-Founder Jessie Kornberg in conversation with Ms. JD Board Chair Maleaha Brown.

How to be an Antiracist, with Ibram X. Kendi

Films:

Podcasts:

Advocate and Donate

National Organizations:

New Hampshire Organizations:

In solidarity,

The New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association Board of Directors

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