Right now—due to the killing of George Floyd and as a result of the culmination of racial injustice—our country finds itself deep in action and turmoil. As our country reels, we reckon with the very basic belief written into the Declaration of Independence in 1776: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

At the time of this writing, the Founding Fathers continued to enslave people, both in law and in practice themselves. They did not include Non-White people in “all men,” nor women. Nearly 250 years later, we have much work left to do to realize the spirit of that Declaration for all humanity—and especially for Black and Brown people. Many of our laws and systems have evolved, but the inequality, racism, and unconscious bias affecting how those laws and systems are enforced—and how we treat one another—undermines these unalienable rights and subverts what it should mean to be an American.

Building Brave focuses on supporting women and operates from the fundamental belief that our gender should not mean lesser or unequal treatment. It feels more crucial than ever to assert that the same holds true for race, and to acknowledge the harm that hatred and racism inflicts upon the Black community historically, and still today. As we show up in this virtual community and the world-at-large, we aspire to do better. Let’s listen to each other, care for one another, and work together to finally make real the words “liberty and justice for all.”