Today we face a painful truth in our nation. Our neighbors and community are hurting. MVLE is saddened by the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Eric Garner, Breonna Taylor, Philando Castile, Botham Jean, Sandra Bland, DJ Henry, and so many more. MVLE stands against the system of oppression and widespread disenfranchisement of people of color communities.  I want to make it clear that all of MVLE stands together in solidarity.

MVLE’s mission for the past 45 years has been focused on promoting the civil and human rights for all people. Each day we face an unfortunate reality that the lives of marginalized communities, including people of color, are not often seen or heard. MVLE works to break down those barriers and provide a platform so those groups are seen and share their voices. Our purpose is to be a light amongst the darkness and be a place of hope and opportunity for a more inclusive world.

While we may be physically apart, I call on the entire MVLE community to come together, united in this mission to do our part, through education and caring, to make a difference in our communities and nation and to ensure tolerance, respect, and compassion prevails.

We are here to listen and learn. I urge you to contact me should you have any questions about MVLE’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion practices or if you just wish to share your thoughts.

Through our values and working with purpose, I know our MVLE community will remain strong and stand against harassment and oppression.

In service,

April Pinch-Keeler

President & CEO