Dear UR Family,
It feels important to provide an update to you, our Urban Recipe community, on our thoughts, feelings and processes as we grieve the recent tragic murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks, Breonna Taylor and Mannie Ellis. Black lives matter at Urban Recipe. We stand alongside our African-American staff members, co-op members and the broader black community in renouncing the many forms of injustice caused by systemic racism and the unjust loss of life it continues to cause.
Over the last few weeks, our staff has been working through a deliberate process of discernment toward crafting a collective statement that we will share with you when it is complete. The statement will include our collective expression of lament and our commitment to positive change in the ways we work together, serve our co-op members, and partner with the community, so that what we do and how we do it reflect how black lives matter to us.
We will communicate further details with you after this important process unfolds. We embrace this time as an opportunity for personal and organizational growth. We welcome the opportunity to explore what Urban Recipe’s role can be in the collective work of healing wounds, moving toward positive change, and making systemic racism in our communities and nation a thing of the past.