Over the last two weeks Fred Hutch has spent time listening, sharing and understanding the social realities that are shaping our work, our workplace climate and our broader community. While our efforts to address these realities are ongoing, based on what we heard, we are taking action now to promote change at our organization and in the community — and end racial injustice.
We stand with the victims and families of police brutality and systemic racism inherent in the United States. We believe that Black Lives Matter. For those who want to be more active in their support during this time, here are some ways to participate meaningfully, with the COVID-19 pandemic in mind.
1) Vote in local and federal elections. If you need to register in the state of Washington, go to The Office of the Secretary of State website.
2) Sign petitions, write your representatives and write op-eds for your local papers. If you don’t know who your representatives are, visit Ballotpedia.
3) Educate yourself:
4) Elevate the experiences of marginalized and underrepresented voices. Shop and stores owned by people in marginalized communities.
5) Discuss racism with family, friends, neighbors and your community
6) Donate to local and national fundraisers and organizations, including, but not limited to:
7) Support minority run local businesses
If you are attending a protest, and are asymptomatic for COVID-19, please do the following:
After participating, self-monitor for COVID-19 for 14 days after the activity. If you develop any symptoms, stay home, self-isolate and get tested.