FHI stands against racism, oppression, and violence.
Recent events highlight the ongoing, systematic oppression and racial and economic inequities in Black communities around the world. Places we call home, and others across the country, are torn apart by racial injustice, frustration, anger, social unrest, and violence. The continued acts of racism and brutality make clear that action is long overdue at every level of our society - including in our own planning community. We must disrupt the forces that incite and perpetuate these acts of oppression and violence.
In striving for a just and equitable world, indifference, silence, and inaction are unacceptable. FHI holds equity and social justice as core values, which we endeavor to reflect in our work. In every community we work, we see opportunities to improve social cohesion through collaborative planning and design. In our practice, we emphasize collaboration and a deep respect for every person’s diverse needs and perspective. Yet we must do more. Times like this compel us to act beyond the confines of our professional activities and truly work to make better, and just, communities.
As such, FHI is taking a public stance against racism, oppression, and violence. While so many people are hurting, we need to speak out with reason, love, compassion, and unity. We need to support each other, actively call out injustices when we see them, hold each other accountable, and we need to vote for leaders who share our values. We commit to continue working to ensure social justice in every community we work, and, in this moment, we are extending that reach by donating to organizations that promote racial justice.
We invite you, our collaborators in building better communities, to do the same.
The FHI Team