Dear Community Members,
The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living is an organization whose purpose is to fight systematic prejudices. The roots of the Independent Living movement for people with disabilities stem directly from the Civil Rights movement and the fight for racial justice. As such, we are in solidarity with the Black community and those fighting for justice socially and legally. The CIL will continue to speak out and challenge systematic racism and discrimination to work towards creating a future where ALL people are valued and treated equitably.
We say together: Black Lives Matter. To fight racism, we must be explicitly anti-racist.
We reaffirm our commitment to do everything individually and collectively that we can to break down these systems of oppression so all of us can have the freedom and justice we deserve as humans.
On behalf of the entire CIL board and staff community,