A new fund for racial justice and equity in the Lehigh Valley

Written by on June 29, 2020

A new fund for racial justice and equity in the Lehigh Valley

By Staci Inez

June 29, 2020

Photo | Staci Inez / WLVR

A new fund for racial justice and equity has launched in the Lehigh Valley.

United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley is leading the fund and partnering with local organizations to address racial disparities. 

Executive Vice President Marci Lesko says after the deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery, the nonprofit did some soul-searching to find ways to help. 

Tyrone Russell is CEO of a digital marketing agency that’s joined the project. He says in order to make this fund successful, it’s crucial to involve people who are directly affected by racial injustice. 

“One thing that we add is credibility… far too often these decisions have been made with people like us not at the table, so the credibility sometimes is lost. So while people sitting at those tables think everyone believes the words coming out of their mouths and the initiatives they’re pressing… if you don’t have people with a tie to the community, we don’t believe you,” said Russell.

The fund will have an oversight committee to ensure money is being spent effectively. To donate or learn more you can go to UnitedWayGLV.org. 

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