From the Director
It is 2020. In light of the unrest, pandemic, uncertainties, and stresses that have defined these months, I feel moved to share a few thoughts about the philosophy driving our work at Project GRAD Kenai Peninsula.
Our staff stands firmly against the systemic injustices that have been so powerfully brought to the forefront in our country. This organization, and the individuals who work within it, are deeply disturbed by the inequalities evidenced throughout all of our systems: criminal justice, health care, education, employment, housing; indeed throughout all of our economic, social, and political systems, we see the suffering endured for too long by our fellow citizens.
But, in order to see, we must look. We must begin by honestly examining ourselves as individuals and recognizing our mistakes. We must search for areas in which we can each be a better and true human being, a more compassionate neighbor, an advocate for those who have suffered.
In order to hear, we must listen. We must attend to the once silenced or ignored voices that are rising out of intense grief and sadness. Each voice deserves to be heard. Each story, an experience.
In order to heal, we must open our hearts and minds, and work hard to ensure that all experience the equality, dignity, and human rights guaranteed in our founding documents. Social media posts, bumper stickers, and tee shirts may proclaim our beliefs, but it is our actions and behaviors that will advance the fight against racism and injustice.
We commit to our own self-reflection in order that we may learn, grow, and advance that which is good.
So, for our brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, friends and neighbors who have endured inequities and injustice, we stand beside you. We hear you, and we care.