Outdoor spaces are everyone’s right to enjoy without being subjected to danger, suspicion, and violence. The tragic events in recent weeks, resulting in the senseless deaths of black Americans, exposes a challenge to our mission that goes well beyond the Trail.
Simply, we are appalled.
The Alliance is wholly committed to making the Ice Age Trail and our community of supporters a safe and inclusive experience for all people.
In 2018, the Alliance adopted a formal policy: Our Statement of Inclusion begins with “Our commitment to celebrating diversity, ensuring inclusion, and working towards equity in all we do.” We’re not celebrating now. The despicable injustices directed at black Americans is unconscionable. The Ice Age Trail Alliance condemns racist attitudes and behaviors that undermine the basic tenets of humanity, civil rights and the freedom of people of color.
Outdoor spaces are everyone’s right to enjoy without being subjected to danger, suspicion, and violence.
We will not rest on a simple statement. Though we have taken steps towards diversity, equity and inclusion, we are now, more than ever, rededicated to the effort of addressing all issues related to race, ethnicity, and all people neglected, rejected, or ignored by society.
Justice comes in the form of dedicated actions that generate meaningful change.
We welcome ideas from all.