We stand in solidarity with those who resist the systemic racism that has plagued the lives of black and indigenous people and people of color in this country for hundreds of years. And we affirm our support for those who are working for racial, social, and economic justice, and we affirm our core belief that Black Lives Matter.
In keeping with WRFI’s mission to promote peace, justice, and cultural diversity, we vehemently condemn all racially motivated violence–especially when perpetrated by those entrusted to protect and serve. We support the abolition of institutions that perpetuate these injustices.
- We renew and strengthen our commitment to amplifying the voices of the oppressed, and the work of those fighting against oppression.
- We commit to allocating significant financial and staff resources to the recruitment and retention of people of color, and to ensuring that every aspect of our operation is in keeping with the principles of anti-racism, inclusion, and equity.
- On June 9, 2020, WRFI’s Board voted in favor of requiring anti-racism training for the Board and all members of station management, and to make anti-racism training a priority for everyone on our volunteer and on-air staff. The board and staff of WRFI will begin ongoing anti-racist training within the next 60 days, working in manner that ensures safety in the context of COVID-19, and we will require anti-racism training of all new staff and employees.
-WRFI Board of Directors, June 9, 2020
WHAT CAN WE DO TO BETTER FULFILL THESE COMMITMENTS? If you have ideas, or would like to be involved in anti-racism work at the station, please leave a message on our comment line at 607-319-5445 ext. 6 or contact us here.
The coronavirus crisis has highlighted and exacerbated long-standing, racial and social inequities. Now, the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others have ignited renewed outrage and mobilization against systemic racism, oppression, and police violence.
What can we learn from past struggles, and how can we build a strategy for dismantling the systems that kill black, brown, and indigenous people and perpetuate racial injustice?
Stay tuned for more Black Lives Matter panels...