What a year it’s been. I hope this report finds you thriving, growing, and staying well. As I spoke with members like you over this turbulent year, I was struck by how different all our circumstances and experiences have been—and yet how most of us were grappling with similar, big emotions: grief, rage, and hope. Sometimes all three emotions in a single day, or even a single hour. Which, to me, is a clear sign of our shared humanity.
I’ve also been struck by how many members like you, as well as our staff, board, and allies, have approached this season of change in visionary ways. Both the COVID-19 pandemic and the uprising for Black liberation have made it clear that all of us who hope and work for a better world must recognize the ways in which all of our struggles and issues are connected. This moment requires us to truly understand and challenge the roots of the economic and social systems we live within: anti-Blackness and systemic racism, which are inseparable from brutal, extractive capitalism. And it requires action and solutions that are larger and more encompassing than any single organization and any single issue.