A message from the PNA Board President, Amanda Froh

By ana-maria

Last night the PNA Board and leadership staff engaged in a valuable conversation with former PNA Executive Director Dar’Nesha Weary, ably facilitated by Paul Finley and Mary Holscher of the Breaking White Silence Affinity Group. We listened and learned first-hand about the structural racism that Dar’Nesha endured and how she was harmed while she worked at PNA, a story she has already shared in several different community forums. We apologized to her, in many different ways and through many different voices, for our individual and collective roles in perpetuating that system. We expressed heartfelt regret that she suffered as a result. We had the opportunity to ask questions and to hear Dar’Nesha’s thoughts regarding actions we can take now to move the PNA toward antiracism as an organization.

It was inspirational to hear Dar’Nesha express her belief that PNA has what it takes to disrupt 40+ years of structural racism to ensure it is a welcome place for all Black, Indigenous, and people of color. And now we must do the hard work to make that happen. This is work that must take place on the Board, with our staff, and within our community. We can and will do it together.

Thank you to Dar’Nesha, Paul, Mary, and all Board and staff members who participated. This was one more important step on a long journey to come.