The article below was written and published by Greenwich Free Press.
As a council committed to preventing substance misuse and promoting behavioral and mental health, Greenwich Together, formerly the Greenwich Prevention Council, issued a statement about the group’s opposition to systemic racism in all its forms.
Greenwich Together condemns racism and bigotry in all its forms.
Greenwich Together is a community-based coalition comprised of educational, human service, law enforcement, civic, health, and faith based organizations. Our work mobilizes youth, parents and community partners to: 1) prevent substance misuse 2) promote behavioral and mental health, and 3) strengthen healthy choices through positive youth, family, and community development.
We stand ready to do the work to end injustice and systemic racism in our country and community. We are committed to challenging ourselves to understand and correct any inequities we may discover as we collaborate to improve the health of our entire community and gain a better understanding of ourselves and each other. We are committed to speaking up and acting together to end the violence and mistreatment of all ethnic and religious minorities so that all people, particularly our youth, have healthy futures.
It is imperative that we continue to work together, now more than ever, to promote racial equality and justice. We are committed to holding one another accountable as we work towards true equity in criminal justice, education, health and access to substance use and mental health treatment.
“Greenwich Together wants to join with other individuals, groups and organizations throughout the community in pledging our continued commitment to creating and nurturing an environment free from inequity and racism and supporting diversity, tolerance and inclusion,” said Dr. Alan Barry, who co-chairs the group alongside Greenwich Police Chief Jim Heavey.
A council made up of 31 Greenwich social service, educational, governmental, medical, law enforcement, religious and civic organizations united in the mission to mobilize youth, parents and community partners to prevent substance misuse, promote behavioral and mental health and strengthen healthy choices through positive youth, family, and community development.
Contact Greenwich Together at Greenwichtogether@kidsincrisis.org
Learn more about how to get involved at www.GreenwichTogether.org
Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich Brunswick School Child Guidance Center of Southern CT Community Centers, Inc. Family Centers Greenwich Academy Greenwich Catholic Global Health Systems Greenwich Alliance Greenwich Country Day School Greenwich Chamber of Commerce Greenwich Department of Health Greenwich Department of Human Services Greenwich Education Group Greenwich EMS Greenwich Free Press Greenwich Hospital Greenwich Police Department Greenwich Public Schools Greenwich United Way Greenwich YMCA Greenwich YWCA Greenwich Youth Services Bureau Kids In Crisis Liberation Programs Mitch Dickey, PhD, parent and founder of the Inflection Point, LLC RYASAP/the Hub Sacred Heart of Greenwich Second Congregational Church of Greenwich Silver Hill Hospital Trinity Church