Integrity, respect, accountability, diversity and inclusiveness are our shared values at AFN. Everybody counts every day. Our members are diverse and committed to caring for vulnerable, whether victim or offender. We take pride in living these values and we are all hurting, along with our communities and the country. AFN Statement to members:
Racism and objectification of personhood fueled the hate that murdered George Floyd. It is not only tragic, but unacceptable. The other recent killings of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery confirm a disturbing pattern of systemic racism. AFN proposes to create an intentional focus on the ethics and values we espouse, underwritten by ANA Ethics with Interpretive Statements and the US Constitution that supports dissent, but not destruction and is tolerant of all views, giving voice and choice in a diverse membership. Unfortunately, increasing stress from COVID-19, unemployment during the pandemic, and continued destruction of financial lives highlights the systemic health disparities in African American and other populations of color. We cannot say anything that will heal the deep pain and fear in our unique communities, we can be part of the solution. First our members must have the difficult conversations that help us recognize injustice and racism, actively and purposefully pursuing liberty for all. Implementing MLK’s words, AFN supports the building of organizational character, full of integrity, respect, accountability, diversity and inclusiveness every day. AFN Members be vigilant! Do not let your concern subside. ...and for AFN members, your BOD encourages you to be the difference for positive change valuing all human beings in all their forms in all communities. Otherwise, no peace is possible.