The board and staff of Chaffee County Community Foundation (CCCF) feel it is necessary to directly and simply say: Black Lives Matter.
We stand with those who have experienced racism, discrimination, or bigotry – both here in Chaffee County and across this nation. All lives cannot matter until Black Lives Matter, and until every member of our society is treated with the same respect, dignity, and honor.
At times, it can feel as though we are disconnected and unaffected here in our mountain oasis. The people of Chaffee County need to be unified as one community just as we live in one country with all of our fellow Americans, regardless of skin color, the nation of origin, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
It is the foundation of our democracy and our responsibility that we each engage in community dialog, speak out, push for policy change, and actively work to improve our community and our republic.
We strive for a world that is just for all, and that takes a tremendous amount of work at individual, organizational, and societal levels. We want to be a part of that change.
With support from community partners, CCCF is launching the first of many WeAreChaffee community conversations using an innovative mix of in-person facilitated conversations, together with live streaming and online discussions. We hope you will join us.
Joseph Teipel, CCCF Executive Director & the CCCF Board of Directors