Dear Aloha Family,
Composing this letter has been difficult and has taken too long. I have struggled to find adequate words for the pain and problems in our world. As people across the country protest racism and systemic inequality, I want you to know:
Aloha is here for you. We hear you. We see you.
We fully support our family, friends, and community in demanding equity.
We stand in solidarity with the Black community and others who face injustice and oppression.
We are committed to creating a safe space for our community members, physically, emotionally, and culturally.
We condemn racism in all its forms.
Aloha needs to do more—much more—to combat inequality and promote equity, diversity, and inclusivity in our own programs and in the world.
We will move with greater urgency from aspiration to action.
We will broadly communicate the equity work that is already underway.
We will engage more of you in the conversation about our future.
If we follow Aloha’s mission to be our best selves, we will speak up even when it is uncomfortable and difficult to find the right words. We will work on this as long as it takes, until we are truly living out our mission.
I hope you will join us on the path forward as we renew our commitment to change.
Vanessa Mendillo Riegler
INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR