Commitment to Justice

 

Social Model Recovery Systems shares the pain and anguish experienced by staff, participants, and the communities we serve over the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. We support actions to address long-standing racial injustice in our public policies.

Our Core Beliefs celebrate humanity, diversity, and a commitment to personal and community change. As a result, we have a moral and ethical obligation to act and speak out against racism and injustice. Our Cultural Awareness Committee has been and continues to be responsive and committed to raising awareness and advancing racial equity. For example, SMRS has looked for opportunities to instill change in our small microcosms, but so much more can and should be done.

People ask, “when are things going to get back to normal?” For some, normal means being judged by the color of their skin or the language they speak. It means being pulled over by the police, forcefully removed from their vehicle, told to lay on the ground, handcuffed, and put in the back of a patrol car, for no apparent reason. For others, normal is losing one’s life or the life of a loved one to the hands of injustice.

We support the oversight of all institutions that condone and perpetuate the “normal” that historically has disproportionately harmed and created disparities in communities of color.

“Normal” should not be our new normal. We want and need change. We want the perpetrators to be held accountable for their actions, the same way others are held accountable.

As an agency, SMRS stands with actions taking place across our nation to demand accountability and systemic reform to end racism.

In solidarity,

Bruce Boardman, Chief Executive Officer

Charles Porter, Office Chair, Cultural Awareness Committee

Zelenne L. Cardenas, Senior Director, Prevention & Community Initiatives