Dear Chamber member:
I write on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT and the Chamber’s Foundation at a time when our nation is overwhelmed by tragedy and turmoil. The Chamber is an organization dedicated to bringing people together to build our community, and I am deeply saddened by the injustice in our nation that is tearing at the fabric of our country.
Speaking on behalf of the Chamber, I join our community and nation in condemning the actions that led to the death of George Floyd. We extend our sympathy to his family, and we add our voice to that of a grieving nation.
The grief has been accompanied by anger over the loss of another life to persistent racism. It is important that we call out not only the actions of individuals but confront systemic racism in our country and stand together against it.
I am also disheartened by the destruction that has marred the message of protesters and damaged many businesses across the country. We see firsthand the pride and determination that drives small business owners, and we are saddened by their loss.
As a Chamber, we represent businesses and organizations which means we represent their people: owners, leaders, employees and clients.
We are a voice for business, but also an instrument of the community designed to bring people together to build a robust, diverse, and inclusive economy. I feel strongly that our role is to speak out against discrimination which prevents us from achieving that vision and actively work to rectify wrongs. We encourage our members to do likewise.
President and CEO, Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT