TEMPO Madison is profoundly devastated and outraged at the racist murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. We join our community in mourning their loss and condemning the horrendous circumstances of their brutal and senseless deaths. We also recognize that the violence directed toward these individuals is not a new phenomenon, but reflective of the systemic racism and aggression that exists in our country and our communities, despite our efforts to eradicate both. Equity, diversity, and inclusion have always been core values of TEMPO Madison. As influential women of diverse backgrounds, we each have our own different experiences with racism and violence. The events of the last few days have made us painfully aware of the work that needs to be done so as to allow each of us and our families, friends, and colleagues to exist in a world that, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has said judges us, not by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character. TEMPO Madison recognizes and appreciates the work that many of our members have done and will do in the coming months to help individuals cope after these traumatic events, to address racial injustice and violence, and to develop strategies to improve the world for all members of our community. In the near future, TEMPO Madison, as an organization, will look for opportunities to participate in the discussions and actions necessary to help our community heal and to make real change. If you are aware of a way for us to be of assistance or support, please reach out to the members of the TEMPO Madison Board of Directors.
The TEMPO Madison Executive Committee
Shana Lewis, President
Leslie Petty, Vice President
Elaine Rich, Treasurer