While the Springfield Regional Chamber works to get business back to normal post COVID, we must pause to recognize that, in this very moment, we are nowhere near “business as usual” in our Commonwealth or the country.
People across the nation are rallying for social justice and change—and we hear you. We stand against racism, inequality, and discrimination of any kind. To the business community, we hear you, too. It is profoundly disturbing to see looting, vandalism, and the destruction of property when peaceful protests become violent.
Violence is never a solution, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t pay attention. It’s time for change. We must confront the uncomfortable truth of systemic inequality in our nation. Together we can step up as leaders and work toward an equitable future. Now is the time.
President, Springfield Regional Chamber