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The events of the past week have been heartbreaking on many levels. The brutal killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor have once again exposed the horrific legacy of centuries of racism and discrimination in our country. And while our society has slowly made some progress over time, there is still far more to be done to achieve the promise of an America where one's black or brown skin does not deny equal access to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Each of us is experiencing these events differently, based on our personal histories, circumstances and biases. Many of us are genuinely suffering from the pain, anguish and fear caused by these tragic events. All of those feelings are legitimate—and with them comes an opportunity for meaningful action.
CalCPA recognizes that no professional organization is immune from the responsibility of contributing to a more fair, equitable and just society. That responsibility starts by looking inward, to ourselves individually—and as an association.
CalCPA's volunteer leadership and Executive Team unequivocally condemn all forms of racial discrimination and the injustices they perpetuate. We believe it is paramount that all CalCPA members have confidence in our firm commitment to fostering an accessible and inclusive environment where diversity and equality thrive as fundamental values of our organization.
And while it's important to acknowledge that racial disparities inherently exist within any organization's culture, it's more important to take steady steps toward correcting those disparities. Especially in matters like these, actions speak louder than words.
We're Building a Framework for Meaningful Action
"The time is always right to do what is right."—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
As an organization committed to building a more diverse and inclusive environment for all members, I’d like to share some of the steps we are taking at CalCPA to demonstrate how we are embracing ownership and accountability in these areas.
Within the next 90 days, CalCPA is committed to the following:
Anthony J. Pugliese, CPA, CGMA, CITP
President & CEO
California Society of CPAs (CalCPA)
CalCPA Education Foundation