The Georgia IC&RC Affiliate Board for Addiction & Recovery Professionals
In October of 2020, the President of the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia (ADACBGA) appointed a new select committee, the Social Justice Committee, to ensure the ADACBGA’s commitment to social justice remains a top priority into perpetuity after a year of historic civil unrest.
The President appointed Board Parliamentarian Rosalyn D. Davis as the first Chairwoman of the new Social Justice Committee, acknowledging that conversations about race, racism, and the overall experiences of black, indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC) must be led by individuals from the BIPOC community.
The President also bestowed upon the Social Justice Committee unprecedented autonomy and authority for a Committee of the Board, assuring the Committee independence and the ability to speak with the full authority of the Office of the President on the matters over which they have jurisdiction.
In November of 2020, the Board of Directors of the ADACBGA unanimously elevated the Social Justice Committee to a standing committee of the Board at a special meeting, affirmed the authority granted to the committee by the President of the Board, and issued the following position statement:
“The Alcohol & Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia (ADACBGA) unequivocally and without any reservation acknowledges the undisputed fact that African Americans and other people of color have experienced systematic and institutionalized racism and prejudice over the last 400 years. The ADACBGA is fully aware of racial injustices and how they continue to negatively impact people, institutions, and society as a whole. Currently, we are aware that this world, our country, and our communities are in the midst of critical and uncertain times. Together we can take an active role in rebuilding and transforming communities to create a society that ensures safety, health, and equality for all of its citizens.
The ADACBGA is committed to continuing the conversation on equality and racism in the State of Georgia and the United States of America. Our diverse Board of Directors is committed to continuing the fight against racism. The ADACBGA Board of Directors stands for the equality of all people without regard to race, age, gender, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, and/or socioeconomic background. The ADACBGA calls on all of our certified professionals and other stakeholders to stand in solidarity with communities of color, nationally and internationally.
The ADACBGA seeks to move beyond the pain of racism, silence, anger, and violence by advocating for peaceful dialogue that educates and strengthens the bond of equality for all people. As we continue to grow and evolve in our work toward a more equitable future, let us stand steadfast and united in our commitment toward making today a better tomorrow. The ADACBGA does not condone any form of racism, and we will continue to stand with our African American brothers and sisters – and other people of color – as we move forward in ways that strive for the equality of all.”
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