ACTIONS. NOW. FOR CHANGE.
Our country and our communities are suffering and in turmoil due to the racial injustices that have occurred for centuries and are still happening all around us today. It is difficult to comprehend and utterly disheartening to see.
Since we opened our doors, Preti Flaherty has been a firm of spirit and resolve. We stand up for what we believe in. Two principles that have guided us from the beginning–—unity and inclusivity. At this critical time, we want to reinforce these values and express our deep commitment to fairness, equity, and human dignity.
To be clear: Black lives matter. To our Black neighbors, partners, colleagues, clients, and friends, we see you and we hear you. As a firm, we have our eyes wide open and our hearts willing to learn. We stand with our New England communities—along with people across the country—in our commitment to looking internally and externally to identify, call out, and dismantle the forces and structures that drive and maintain racial inequity. This is not a time for silent thoughts. Nor is it a time for mere aspirational words. It is a time for action.
In that spirit of togetherness and action, Preti Flaherty is partnering with organizations in New England that actively promote racial justice, fight discrimination, and foster equal opportunity. We are committing significant pro bono hours and $10,000 each to Lawyers for Civil Rights in Boston, MA, the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project in Portland/Lewiston, ME, and the racial justice work of ACLU-NH. It is an honor and our profound responsibility to stand with groups such as these to help push for meaningful and necessary change.
Our commitment is to uphold and promote the principles of unity and inclusiveness that have guided and defined us. We will continue to add our voice and pursue action as we work with our communities to denounce injustice, eliminate systemic racism, and foster inclusivity.
David Van Slyke