Statement by Members of the National Business Inclusion Consortium and Affiliate Organizations Condemning Racism & Racial Violence

 
WASHINGTON, D.C   | June 4, 2020
The words "I can't breathe" have once again shocked our national conscience. Sorrow, anger and open wounds have again been thrust to the forefront.  The systematic racism happening in our country is corrosive on our resolve as a nation. Far too many Americans, young and old alike, live in constant fear. Fear for not just livelihood, but life.  What happened to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor,  Ahmaud Arbery, Philando Castileand the countless before is not acceptable nor does it illustrate who we are as a people. This senseless violence should rattle us all to our core as it  also should for Asian Americans being scapegoated, harassed and becoming victims of violence in the era of COVID-19. We must come together as communities of color and allies, neighbors and friends, business leaders and decision makers to stop this crisis once and for all. 
Too many lives are being lost. Too many families are being devastated. The negative impact on our cities and towns is not and should not be sustainable. Our local, state and national economies have been stretched to the max already. The time for action is now. We have to shed light on institutional racism and we must work to find solid equity for all. Our country deserves better, our people deserve justice, families of color deserve respect, journalism merits the exercise of reporting and free speech, and businesses deserve to thrive in a safe economy. 
Today the undersigned groups call on the business community to expand its efforts in this fight to end the scourge of racism once and for all. The time is now for us to stand as one unified community to demand action and declare together that discrimination and bigotry against any fellow human being is wrong and will not be tolerated. That in fact #BlackLivesMatter. 
Member Organizations:
 
National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
 
Disability:IN
 
National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
 
National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA)
 
U.S. Black Chambers, Inc (USBC)
 
United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC)
 
United States Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAAC)
 
Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP)
 
Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
 
 
 
Affiliate Organizations:

Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce

Asian Chamber of Commerce, Denver

Balch Springs Chamber of Commerce

Brazoria County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce

Chelsea Chamber of Commerce

CIVITAS Regional LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce

Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce

Colorado Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Colorado LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce

Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce

Concilio Hispano de Empresas de Colorado Springs

Connecticut Gay and Lesbian Chamber (CTGLC)

Dayton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Desert Business Association

Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce

Disability:IN Chicagoland

Disability:IN Connecticut

Disability:IN Greater Kansas City

Disability:IN Greater St. Louis

Disability:IN Minnesota

Disability:IN Nevada

Disability:IN New York

Disability:IN North Texas

Disability:IN Ohio

Disability:IN Uinta County Wyoming

Disability:IN Utah

Disability:IN Washington State

Diversity Chamber of Central Ohio

El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Equality Chamber of Commerce | DC Metro Area

Florida Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce

Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Greater Fort Lauderdale LGBT Chamber of Commerce

Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce

Greater Oklahoma City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Greater Phoenix Gay and Lesbian Chamber Commerce

Greater San Jose Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

GSBA, Washington State's LGBTQ & Allied Chamber

Guatemala Chamber of Commerce USA

Gulf South LGBT Chamber of Commerce

Hampton Roads Business OutReach

Hawaii Rainbow Chamber of Commerce

Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro St. Louis

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County

Hispanic Chambers of Commerce of San Francisco (HCCSF)

Hispanic Chamber of E-Commerce

Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Independence Business Alliance

Keystone Business Alliance, Central PA's LGBT Chamber of Commerce

Latin American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia

Latino Chamber of Commerce Minnesota

Latino Chamber of Commerce of South Eastern Wisconsin

Latino Restaurant Association 

LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois

Little Village 26th Street Area Chamber of Commerce

Long Beach Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce

Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce

Massachusetts LGBT Chamber of Commerce

Merced County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - La Camara de Comercio Hispana del Condado de Merced

Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce

Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Mid-America LGBT Chamber of Commerce

Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Nashville LGBT Chamber

National LGBT Chamber of Commerce New York (nglccNY)

National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce

New Jersey LGBT Chamber of Commerce

North Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce

Northeast Ohio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

OUT Georgia Business Alliance

Plexus

Plexus LGBT + Allied Chamber of Commerce

Portland Area Business Association (PABA)

Quorum

Rainbow Chamber Silicon Valley

RBPN, Raleigh's LGBT Chamber of Commerce

Richmond LGBTQ Chamber

Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Rocky Mt. Indian Chamber of Commerce

San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

San Diego Equality Business Association

Seattle Latino Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

South Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

St. Louis LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce

Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey

Tampa Bay LGBT Chamber

The Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Nevada (GLCCNV)

The Pride Chamber of Orlando

Tucson LGBT Chamber of Commerce

United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce

Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Utah LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce

Wisconsin Latino Chamber of Commerce

Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce

# # # 
About the National Business Inclusion Consortium
The NBIC advocates for the business interests of a diverse range of people, including ethnic minority, women, LGBT, disability, and veteran business communities, representing a total of over $9 trillion in annual consumer spending power and significant contributions to the marketplace and workplace. NBIC members encourage parity in cross-segment diversity and inclusion initiatives in corporate America, work to identify areas of collaboration among diverse businesses, and advocate for the advancement of policies that support the growth of diverse-owned companies in both the public and private sectors.
Media Contact: 
[email protected] 
202.499.3042