June 2020 Chairman’s MessageBy Urban League of HR
Hello Urban League Family and Friends! Welcome to the month of June! June is Pride Month as well as Men’s Health Month! We support members of the LGBTQ community and their families as they continue to fight for privileges and rights.
Men’s Health is important to highlight as African American suffer in high numbers with prostate cancer, diabetes and High cholesterol. Men please get physicals, your life depends on it!
We are still amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic! Many are still suffering even as some states are beginning to open early. The financial impact has been severe to those who are deemed front line service people. Small businesses have been severely impacted and many have lost jobs, hours reduced or furloughed.
We at the ULHR have been on the front lines servicing our communities via testing for COVID-19, we have added Chesapeake Regional as one of our valued partners who have been assisting us with testing the underserved communities of Chesapeake! The Southeastern Food Bank and Eastern Shores have been a valued partner as well supplying food boxes during our testing events.
June has been a challenging month with the death of George Floyd and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. Many are opposed to BLM not understanding what it stands for. All lives can’t be said to have mattered if Black Lives don’t matter. It is not saying anything negative about other races, it is only trying to draw attention to the senseless killings of blacks at the hands of the police, systemic racism and the health, financial and financial inequities that are imposed on black lives.
We stand for peaceful protests, however we also know that when the black NFL players protested how they were treated by the current administration. We must understand that peaceful protests are very hard to fight. When we fight, that is an easy rebuttal and it can create a narrative that totally combats what we are fighting for.
June is most important as we celebrate Juneteenth! We all know the story of June 19, 1865 when the last slaves in Texas received word that they had been freed to years prior by the Emancipation Proclamation! We celebrate Juneteenth! Please have safe celebrations for the great holiday!
Please be safe! Wear your mask and wash your hands!!!