Update from Executive Director Joanne Murray


I am a white woman and I am outraged. By the death of George Floyd. By the death of Philando Castile, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Emmet Till.* By the death of countless sons of black mothers.


I acknowledge that my white privilege allows my son to:


Jog in his neighborhood

Go birdwatching in the park

Pay with a $20 bill

Drive his car faster than the speed limit


All without fearing death. I don’t have to worry that he will not come home, because our racist system keeps him safe, the same system that puts black men—sons, fathers, family and friends, in harm’s way.


I have never had to tell him to be afraid of the police. I have told him to call the police.


But as a white woman, here is what I can do:


Use my voice to call out racial injustice


Call out my friends and colleagues when they are blind to their privilege.


Teach my son and daughter to know their privilege.


To do the uncomfortable work of listening and learning how to move from political correctness to true understanding.


Take responsibility. Because racial injustice is a white problem, not a black problem.  


As a white woman, I will stand up and be heard: #BLACKLIVESMATTER.



Joanne Murray directs the Women’s Fund of Southeastern Massachusetts. She welcomes the opportunity to use her voice and actions to fight for racial justice. 

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The Women's Fund, along with all of you, is outraged and heartbroken. The history of police brutality against black men and women in this country is unacceptable. Today, we stand with our country and our community when we say:

This. Ends. Now.

Please check out the resources below to find out what you can do to help #stoptheviolence and #makerealchange  #blacklivesmatter 

Women's Fund Founder, Bettina Borders, and our Executive DIrector, Joanne Murray, hang a #blacklivesmatter banner outside the Women's Fund offices. 

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