Recent events in the United States, as well as the continued threat of violence and intimidation to undermine our democratic process has required us to mobilize our collective voice. We value the diverse identities and perspectives of our Membership, it is a cornerstone of our affiliation culture, but to not speak up would dishonor the courageous women who started our organization. Following is the External Statement on Civic Responsibility that the AJLI Board of Directors unanimously approved after receiving Junior League input:
On January 6, 2021, Junior League Members around the world witnessed what was irreconcilable with our values: a direct and violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and on the pillars of American civic leadership. We unequivocally condemn: acts that undermine fundamental democratic ideals and the rule of law; racism, antisemitism, and hate; and the unequal application of justice.
We affirm our civic responsibilities and believe:
In debate, not destruction;
In voting, not violence;
In the diversity of races, not racism;
In freedom of religion, not religious persecution; and
In inclusion and belonging, not division and discord.
Together, we will advance equity and accountability and work to dismantle systemic racism and religious hatred. The Junior League supports the peaceful transition of power and is committed to work with all who share our values of respect, collaboration and civil discourse.
- JLS has shared this message on our public social channels, with our members verbally and digitally
- JLS will host focus groups for members with the goal of raising our commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee
- JLS will offer training to members to navigate difficult conversations