Innovate Memphis believes that Black Lives Matter and stands in solidarity with the international calls to end police brutality. We oppose injustice, cruelty, and systemic racism in all its forms.
We acknowledge the depth and breadth of the generations of inequities facing our communities. These racist systems are always at the root of the challenges we work to address, and we will never fully achieve our mission until these systems change. We commit to being an anti-racist organization and know that we have a long way to go to improve.
We work with those who seek to build new programs, policies and processes to serve Memphis, and we support them to bring new ideas to life, test them, and, hopefully, sustain them. A core principle of that work is the willingness to fail, but keep trying, in order to make things better. Another core principle is a bias towards action and valuing transparency.
As we do our work, we ask ourselves, what could a better, future Memphis look like? We know that a better Memphis requires equitable systems and better lives for our Black and Brown residents. We believe in action and transparency. We believe that Black Lives Matter. We will continue to work with partners who feel the same.
For those interested, here are some internal actions, as well as policy and program areas, where we’re working to build a more equitable organization and more equitable Memphis:
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