Black Lives Matter at CHV

Black Lives Matter is a movement mostly associated with youth, but older Black Lives Matter, too.

Maybe it's because most older people are not having confrontations with police that result in violence.  Or maybe it's because older adults don't feel safe or welcome in the street protests. The fact is that older Black adults may be less visible but are no less affected by both the legacy of racism and the unjust deaths of so many young Black people at the hands of police and white supremacists.  Many of the older adults among us now were leaders and activists 50-70 years ago. They carry the memories, hopes and fears of the early civil rights movement in their hearts, minds, and bodies.

Capitol Hill has gentrified in the last twenty years. Many Black families have been forced to leave the neighborhood as rent, property taxes, and other costs have gone up, and the neighborhood has felt less accessible and welcoming.  But while the Black population of the neighborhood has shrunk relative to the White population, the largest cohort of Black residents remains those over age 65.

 

Our Commitment

Here at CHV, we honor the past, present and future of older adults.  We are committed to supporting all older adults in our area to live in community on their own terms, supporting them to sustain or improve their health, their sense of connection, and sense of purpose as they age-in-place.  We are committed to their families, and helping to support family caregivers with practical help, and reassure distant family members that friends are at hand.  We are committed to keeping older adults in our area safe from exposure to COVID-19, and will work alongside to navigate the risks we're all facing.  At the same time, we recognize the gross inequities in health and wealth between many of the older Black and White residents of our neighborhood. We cannot and will not pretend otherwise.  Therefore, we will look at our work through the lens of racial equity, and how we can do our part to close gaps rather than expand them.

As the country moves toward a reckoning with its racism, CHV recommits to being a welcoming and inclusive community where race is recognized and talked about, where the interests of our Black members and neighbors are visible in affinity groups and other programming, and where Black people occupy positions of authority on our Board and Staff.   There's a problem with racism in our country, in our city, in our neighborhood , and CHV commits to being part of the solution.

 

For information about CHV's Anti-Racism programming, contact Katie Garber, Director of Volunteer and Care Services: kgarber@capitolhillvillage.org

For a link to the charter for the Board's Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, click HERE

For anti-racism reading and viewing materials, see pages 2-4 of our July CHV News.  Consider making your book purchase from one of these Black-owned Bookstores.

For a list of Black-owned businesses on or near Capitol Hill, click HERE

 

CHV Leadership

The Board of Directors of Capitol Hill Village is committed to the Village becoming anti-racist. The Board anticipates that this anti-racism will be reflected in the diversity of our Village community, including our membership, staff and Board, in the knowledge shared among our members on racial issues, in the actions taken as a Village to improve equality among the races, and in actions taken by members to improve racial conditions and reduce inequities within our neighborhood.

 

Click HERE to find a copy of the Board Charter for the Advisory Committee on Diversity Equity and Inclusion.