In recognition of Juneteenth


“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”

MAYA ANGELOU

Hello AzCA Family –

Today is Juneteenth – a day to respect and remember those who suffered through slavery in the United States.  On Juneteenth, our agency joins in the nationwide celebration of the diversity and talents of our valued co-workers, friends and families, clients and their families.  We reiterate that Arizona’s Children Association stands firm in our opposition to racism, hatred and discrimination.  As a partner to the wonderful communities we serve, we remain steadfast in our commitment to providing services and supports in ways that recognize and draw upon the strengths and traditions of those we serve.

Last week, during an agency-wide call, our staff discussed several actions that our agency is taking to improve our awareness, understanding, and support for the diverse communities we serve.  These actions include:

  • development of a diversity and support committee that will help identify, implement and provide culturally supportive and informed agency-wide practices. 
  • update and invigorate our Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) plan – making it more of an action-focused plan to help ensure that those we serve are truly being provided services, supports and information in a culturally informed and supportive way. 
  • conducting messaging on our social media, email blasts and with several new t-shirt designs to demonstrate our solidarity, being #AzCAStrong!

We join in the voices of others across the country in celebration of Juneteenth.  In the words of the late, great poet and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou – “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”  Today – let us acknowledge and honor the strength and determination of our black brothers and sisters.

In solidarity –

Jacob Schmitt, MPA
President & CEO

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