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COUNTDOWN TO NYE
We see that so many, including ourselves, are hurting from the terrible events of recent days and weeks and we recognize that this is just the latest in a long history of trauma. We at the Alliance, which like New York is racially and ethnically diverse, are reflecting on this and wish to move into action.
Black Lives Matter. Yet time and again we see the twisted and tortured legacy of this country’s past and present racism, and what that means for Black people. We acknowledge that, irrespective of intentions, the Alliance itself reflects and at times perpetuates our society’s historic inequities and injustices.
It is our hope that, through dialogue and sustained, concerted work, we may emerge on the other side of this better, wiser, stronger, and ultimately, more capable of hearing each other and healing each other. Most importantly, it is our hope that we emerge into a more just, equitable, and decidedly less racist world.
As many have noted, however, words and hope are not enough. We at the Alliance must hold ourselves accountable and examine our complicity in the oppressive systems at work. We must amplify the voices of people of color within the Alliance, in Times Square, New York City, the U.S. and beyond. Beginning in the next 90 days, we will work at the staff level to identify, articulate and begin to implement specific actions we will take to match our aspirations. We will continue beyond that time to listen and educate ourselves, and strive to be a catalyst to others in the Times Square community. A key part of that will be initiating similar conversations with our board and stakeholders about what can and should be done.
We will work on new ways to advocate for and support our Black colleagues, artists, and community members. Our future as a humane society demands it.
Speaking of support: within the Alliance, we wish to send a special message of gratitude to the Times Square Alliance’s public safety and sanitation workers, who continue to sustain Times Square each and every day so that we can regain our inner strength and rally again. Beyond the Alliance, we are providing the links to organizations in New York and across the country that are dedicated to these aspirations. They are groups that you can donate to should you have the means, volunteer for should there be the opportunity, or follow to stay updated on calls to action. This list was researched and compiled by our staff, and is by no means comprehensive, but it is a start.
May we move forward together.
President of the Times Square Alliance