Dear Fauquier Chamber Community Members,
The recent senseless deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor have shocked and devastated all of us. Chamber Members have reached out to express their sadness, their fear, and their support for unity. These events have highlighted again the unequal and unfair burden many of our black Chamber and community members carry with them. Many people of color in our country live a life that is less secure and safe than others. I acknowledge that I have been fortunate and personally have not had to experience that burden. No-one deserves to live in fear. As leaders in our business community, we stand by, ready to listen, and to show support to each other.
We’re in a very unsettled place right now and nothing seems normal. We are committed to being a part of the solution. As members of businesses, non-profits, and organizations, we can unite to show our support for each other. The Fauquier Chamber supports and will join the Stand Together Warrenton event which will take place at Eva Walker Park this Saturday at 1:30pm. The event calls for unity and we will hear from speakers including our local pastors and our Chief of Police, with the important message that “Hate Has No Home Here.”
Racism and other forms of discrimination are deeply ingrained, and will take more than an event or message to fix. We’d love to hear your ideas for how the larger Fauquier community, Chamber members, Board and staff, can come together in unity and in strength to show support for each other and forge a different path.
2020 Fauquier Chamber Board Chair