Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. George Floyd. Tony McDade. Sandra Bland. Oscar Grant. Eric Garner. Trayvon Martin. Michael Brown. Philando Castile. There are thousands of names that never became a hashtag. 

We say these names and stand with Black people around the world in stating without qualification:

Black Lives Matter.

The last few weeks have been a stunning wake-up call to the pervasiveness of systemic racism against Black people in the United States and the violence of police brutality that is a direct result of it. But it’s not new. It is a centuries-old problem deeply rooted in the soils of our country. And every name is an urgent reminder of the missteps we’ve made as a society and as individuals. They are a reminder of all the times each of us has had a chance to speak up, but didn’t. This failure is ours. 

We have not done enough. 

It’s our responsibility to implement change within our company, within our communities, and within ourselves. Today, we are working on ways to bring greater equity into our thinking as individuals, our company structure, and our ongoing initiatives. The following organizations and initiatives are working tirelessly on the frontlines to provide material change to impacted communities:

NAACP Legal Fund

Black Lives Matter

Campaign Zero

Know Your Rights

Showing Up For Racial Justice

Black Futures Lab

Chicago Bond Fund

Minnesota Freedom Fund

Legal Rights Center Incorporated

We encourage non-Black people to support their Black peers today and in the future: 

The VPG team and the founder – Megan Van Petten – are in support of our Black team members, family, friends, community members, and the entire #BlackLivesMatter movement at large. 

Megan Van Petten and the VPG Team

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Campaigns the VPG Team has donated to:

ACLU

Black Lives Matter

Chicago Community Bond Fund

Equal Justice Initiative

Human Right Campaign

Minnesota Freedom Fund

My Block, My Hood, My City

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

United Negro College Fund