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​Statement of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce: In Recognition of Juneteenth

June 19, 2020

We take today, Juneteenth, to recognize that the systemic and violent racism that was present 150 years ago, while in different forms, still persists in our communities today.

We mourn the losses of Emmett Till to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, and most recently, Rayshard Brooks, Dominique Fells, Oluwatoyin Salau, and more. We support law enforcement reform and seek justice for the Black community. 

Today, we must all reflect on both our history and our present and take actions informed by listening to dismantle systemic racism within our workplaces and our communities. We appeal to our local business leaders to recognize how they can support the Black community through intentional economic equity initiatives.

At the Chamber, we have been diversifying our Board, and we will continue to prioritize creating a seat at the table for people of different backgrounds and perspectives on the Board moving forward.  We reaffirm our commitment to the Fierce Urgency of Now festival to center Black voices and experiences in Boston and, to elevate the Pacesetters initiative to address the racial wealth gap. These are a few actions from the Chamber, and we commit to more.

Business speaks a bottom-line language, so here it is: today, and every day, we must continue to actively work against racism and injustice. 

Attribute to: James E. Rooney, President & CEO

About the Greater Boston Chamber

We are the convener, voice and advocate of our region's business community, committed to making Greater Boston the best place for businesses and people to thrive. We help our members and Greater Boston succeed by convening and connecting the business community; researching, developing and advocating for public policies that contribute to our region’s economic success; and providing comprehensive leadership development programs designed to grow strong business and civic leaders. Learn more at BostonChamber.com.