Anti-Racism Statement

The following statement is supported by the SVCA Board of Directors:

In response to recent racially motivated harassment of an SVCA Board Member, as a Board of Directors, we are compelled to make the following statement: 

The Sudden Valley Community Association (SVCA) stands against racism and in solidarity with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). We acknowledge that the history of systemic oppression, white supremacy, and racism has widespread effects in our society to this day.  In light of such systemic racism, and standing in explicit opposition to these realities, we strive to create an inclusive community where the dignity of all members is equally defended. We believe that the vast majority of SVCA members share these values, and we will continually advocate for the voice of every member to be heard and respected. 

Despite widespread consensus, we have come to realize that it is not enough to assume that all members share these values; this conviction must be affirmed publicly. Therefore, we reject the expressions of racism that seek to divide this community. We contend that until we can say with confidence and without repudiation that Black Lives Matter in our society, there is much work to be done with respect to ensuring equal treatment for the BIPOC members of our community. Whenever possible and necessary, we will actively engage in difficult, transparent conversations and commit to dismantling racial biases by understanding and seeking to change barriers that have been created.  

We will also continually ensure that all voices are heard in an inclusive, respectful, responsible, cooperative, and equitable environment. In this regard, expressions of policy and priority differences are welcomed, but we do NOT consider racism to be a political opinion and will not tolerate it. We are committed to supporting community members and staff through an equity and anti-racist lens and advocating for any change that cultivates a more just environment.