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WE ARE BUILDING ONE WORLD

Crossroads International stands with women, men, girls, and boys confronting the impacts of systemic discrimination and oppression in their daily lives. Sixty-two years ago, our Founder and Civil Rights Activist Rev. Dr. James Robinson’s message of equality between people was a radical idea for a racially divided America, one that he challenged Canadians and Americans to embrace. Since then, we work everyday with women and men to advance rights, equality and eliminate poverty to build ONE WORLD.

“Past revolutions have been confined to limited areas but today’s revolutions are worldwide. You can hear the rumbling in every village street, the docks, in the houses, among the students, in the church and at political meetings.”
— J H Robinson, Tomorrow is Today, 1954.

 

WE CRAVE CHANGE

In the aftermath of the brutal assassination of George Floyd by a white police officer, the senseless deaths of Breonna Taylor, D’Andre Campbell, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade and Rayshard Brooks that occurred in the past few months, we are reflecting on the many more acts of police violence, and racial injustice that have plagued so many communities for decades and brought us to where we are today. We were appalled, but not surprised.

 

WE STAND FOR EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY

As an organization, we stand for equality and diversity and we are proud to collaborate with incredible and talented people who share and represent these same values, from our community of Crossroaders and supporters to our staff and board members. The global conversation on systemic racism, inclusion, white privilege, has revealed a disparity for Crossroads between where we aspire to be and where we are today.

 

BLACK LIVES MATTER

For those of us who do not experience the daily realities of life as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Colour, there is work ahead. We need to be open to hearing some uncomfortable truths about ourselves and our communities, and to find new ways to become part of the solution.

 

WE BELIEVE IN THE FUTURE

In the past few weeks, we have seen millions of people come together, protest and make their voices heard. We hope, like Founder Rev. Dr. James Robinson stated in 1954, that a new era of change is upon us:

“The revolutionary crises that are shaking the very foundations of our world are in several respects radically different from all other crises in the history of mankind.”

This is a time for us as a community, to listen more, talk less, but above all, to act. It is not enough to not be racist, we need to be anti-racist as highlighted by activist Angela Davis. We need to keep putting resources in women-led organizations and take a stand. And so, we vow to work harder, to work better, and to do more, for ourselves and for others in this fight against racism.

We at Crossroads International intend to fulfill our values each day with meaningful dialogue and concrete actions that strengthen diversity, equality and inclusion here and in the world. We are working to identify gaps in our own culture as an employer and as a partner, and to identify the strengths on which we can build.

As we have done since 1958, we stand together in this anti-racist fight.

 

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