HealthVisions Midwest Statement on Racism

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.”
Proverbs 31:8-9.
 
 
 
We the Board of Directors and Staff of HealthVisions Midwest strongly support African Americans and all people of color who have been victims of racism, abuse, violence, and discrimination for many years of America’s history. Our value of respect for the dignity of each person calls us to work with organizations, communities, individuals, and government agencies committed to correct systematic practices that impoverish our communities. Our vision to empower and support the underserved in living healthier lives requires us to speak out against the practices of repressing employment, entrepreneurial opportunities, quality education and voting rights for people of color. There is a need that people of different races and experience sit at the table together, listen to one another, and develop strategies toward racial, ethnic, social, economic, and political equality for all.

HealthVisions Midwest commits to:
  • Advocate for the underserved who are disproportionately people of color, by working with government groups and coalitions to ensure that laws and practices don’t discriminate.
  • Create opportunities for people of color to have a voice by speaking on relevant issues and needs.
  • Bring diverse groups of leaders and advocates together to share ideas and devise strategies to decrease health disparities.
  • Enhance diversity of the board to better represent the communities served in Hammond and Fort Wayne, IN and East St. Louis, IL.
  • Prioritize diversity and inclusion in hiring staff and consultants.
  • Ensure marketing materials represent the diversity of the communities we serve.

February 2021

Below is a Statement from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious that Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Provincial Leadership is endorsing.

Repair Our Democracy

As members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ stand with the other more than 1300 leaders of Catholic sisters nationwide as we make this statement:

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) joins with the world in praying for peace after witnessing the violence and lawlessness yesterday in our nation’s capital. We are deeply concerned about the state of our country and the future of our democracy. Our hearts ached as we watched these despicable actions that threaten not only to destroy the seat of our government but to rend the bonds that unite us. We commend and thank the members of Congress who courageously continued their service to the nation last night even amid the chaos.

In our increasingly divided nation, we renew our commitment to the common good and pledge to take up the challenge to use our energy to repair our democracy and contribute to the work of building a more perfect union. We invite all people of good will to join us and we call on our elected leaders to point the way.

The statement is on the LCWR website and on the LCWR Facebook page.

United in our prayer for the world,
Leadership Conference of Women Religious