is the sustainability organization
of Dane County.
Statement of Solidarity
We believe a sustainable society requires equity for people of color. Sustain Dane’s mission and vision call on us to act on the killing of Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Yong Ae Yue, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Delaina Ashley Yaun, Paul Andrew Michels, and all Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander people whose lives have been taken by hate, xenophobia, sexism, and racism. This was also violence against women and interconnected with anti-sex worker industry prejudices. Six of the people killed were of Asian descent and seven of the eight were women.
Please give your support and action for justice. Support individuals and frontline organizations whose missions and voices most directly address the time at hand. Listen to their voices and others, read the resources each publishes, subscribe to eNews, follow on social media, contribute funds, and attend the programs and protests. Reflect on our own nuanced identifies and define our roles in creating a more just equitable society:
- Jenie Gao—“#StopAAIP Hate is the bare minimum” post and resources to get educated on AAPI history.
- Freedom Inc.—With community campaigns focused on Black & Southeast Asian Liberation. Their programming and social justice work are culturally specific to Black, Hmong, and Cambodian communities, building strength from within.
- UW Madison Asian American Studies Community Resources—including a list of local businesses to support.
- Bayview Community Foundation—Bayview Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides affordable housing and supportive services to approximately 300 low income residents, primarily immigrants and refugees.
Mourning this shooting, learning, reflecting and taking action against this injustice is essential to achieve our shared vision of a sustainable community. Equity and anti-racism are an integral part of sustainability work. We believe we all have a role and responsibility to dismantle white supremacy in order to co-create an equitable society for all.
Watch the 2020 Accelerate Sustainability Showcase video featuring five organizations. Our Accelerate Sustainability Workshop is a half-day professional development opportunity designed to help people start sustainability initiatives at their organizations, whether they’re brand new to the subject or well versed. In 2020, more than 30 organizations participated in our workshop.
Watch the 2020 Live Forward Awards nominee video that premiered live at our Summit! The awards recognize local changemakers dedicated to creating a community based on holistic sustainability: a healthy environment, a just economy, and equity & social wellbeing for all.
Congratulations! Community Shares of Wisconsin (CSW) recognized Mark Richardson, President at Unfinished Business, CEO at GigBlender, and Sustain Dane board member, with the 2020 Liesel Blockstein Community Leadership Award. Joie Zhang, Architectural Associate at Flad Architects and Sustain Dane intern, received a CSW Backyard Hero Award.