CVNL advocates for justice in our communities

Katelyn Willoughby

Katelyn is fired up about communication, marketing, business development, and working with diverse leaders in the North Bay to help them carry out their missions.

The CVNL board and staff stand with our nonprofit colleagues expressing sorrow and outrage at the senseless death of George Floyd.

At CVNL, we join virtual hands with others in our community to share our deep commitment to justice. We are aware that many in our communities live under the threat of racially-motivated violence every single day. We are committed to sustaining a community where every one of us can live without fear of violence, discrimination, and have the same freedoms that all of humanity deserves.

We all have a responsibility to advance racial justice, especially those who benefit from the pervasiveness of white privilege. We must know what is going on around us and take action. We should all educate ourselves on ways to truly make our diverse communities more just.

We should all be prepared to keep speaking up until the day it is no longer necessary to do so. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s, “fierce urgency of now” reminds us to pay attention, to wake up, and to do something:

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.

Everybody should do their part: participate in a peaceful protest, write a letter to your elected officials, collaborate with organizations that support racial justice, or donate to a nonprofit that serves communities of color. We are here to support you now and through whatever challenges may come next. Please feel free to reach out to us. As always, we welcome your requests, ideas, and feedback.

Do not look the other way; do not hesitate. Recognize that the world is hungry for action, not words. Act with courage and vision.

— Nelson Mandela

We’re in this together, and we are #strongertogether. Learn more about how you can get involved.