We Support the Black Lives Matter Movement
The officers of the National Board of EcoWomen wish to express our support and solidarity with the movement for Black Lives. EcoWomen is a community of women inspiring each other to create a healthy and equitable society, with local chapters in Baltimore, Colorado, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. We were founded over a decade ago with a mission to improve the working lives of women, and we focus on professional aspects of work in environmental fields.
We recognize and encourage diversity in environmental work, which includes women of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, legal or other categorization or status. Our interest in professional development requires us to address issues that are intrinsic to the experience of women, which includes social justice issues such as reproductive rights, equal pay, and any other barriers to women finding their own work-life balance.
The National Board of EcoWomen recognizes the urgency and necessity of the Black Lives Matter movement and is aligned with its goal to combat structural racism. We further recognize that race, class, ethnicity, and income disparity are deeply connected to environmental issues, and that in many instances the imbalances intersect to further displace vulnerable peoples. Thus, we are compelled to explicitly connect the Black Lives Matter and environmental movements. It is our belief that we can no longer turn our attention to “green” issues while our counterparts, friends, allies, and selves are under threat or flatly murdered in the streets.
Supporting Black Lives Matter is our first “policy position” as an organization. As a member-led organization, it has become increasingly clear to us that we needed to make this stance in the public sphere in order to reflect the will of our leadership and our members. In the days and weeks to come, we expect that our chapters will weigh in with their own local perspective.
As we continue to monitor the status of policing and the impacts on our community members we remain allied with any and all non-violent actions to protect black lives.
For more information about the interconnectedness of the environmental and Black Lives Matter movements check out these statements:
This statement was adopted by the Board of Directors on August 4, 2016.