In the wake of the recent murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and many more black victims of police brutality and an unequal justice system, Café Reconcile will continue to be a change agent on issues of racial equity. Words and sentiments are not enough. Now is the time for intentional change – actions shaped through deliberate decision making informed by all members of our community.

New Orleans cannot thrive as long as systemic racism continues unchecked and is allowed to permeate our structures and policies. Café Reconcile is committed to deconstructing systemic racism and building a culture hinged on anti-racist values. We will continue to meet our mission of equipping young people with the tools and resources they need to pursue their dreams.

We will practice intentional decision making to create a more equitable world, both within our own walls as well as out in the community. To that end, Reconcile has endorsed the Campaign for Equity New Orleans’ (CENO) Guidelines for an Equitable Recovery that ensure the City’s economic recovery efforts are fair and equal for African Americans and other marginalized communities who have been more susceptible to the detrimental impact of COVID-19. We have also engaged Matthew Kincaid of Overcoming Racism to help guide us in more equitable practices and how to become part of the solution of breaking down systemic racism.

To our Alumni and your family members:

YOU MATTER. Your life matters. Your well-being was the reason Reconcile was created. We will ALWAYS offer you a space where no matter what is going on in the world or in your personal lives you can always turn to us to feel supported, valued and loved.

RECONCILE STANDS WITH YOU. And we will continue to fight for equity. Black Lives Matter.