Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling Social Justice Commitment

Social Justice requires real change – lasting change. 

The Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling recognizes that vibrant communities are inclusive communities; that diversity is key to the richness of the world in which we live and work; and that inequities of opportunity and justice impoverish us all.  Our Mission reflects our goal to strive to understand others – to meet them and to support them where they are on their journey to be whole and healthy.  The work we do is based in empowering people.  Sometimes that means opening our eyes to the legitimacy of their rage, anger, and grief – it must be expressed, and it must be acknowledged, with respect. That may be at an individual level or acknowledging the collective anger, grief, and trauma experienced in cultures of color.  Some of us must also acknowledge that we can strive to support and empower, but our own privilege may bar us from ever fully understanding the depth of this generational anger and grief for Blacks, for Native Americans, for people of color who have had to navigate lives impacted by racism for generations.  We can understand what created that anger, grief, and trauma was and is wrong and it must stop.  We will commit to actions that break the cycle. We cannot and do not accept actions of cruel, inhumane, senseless mistreatment, brutality, and killing.

Social justice is a Public Health issue that compels us to eliminate inequities based on race, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, or disability.  Our field is familiar with the inequities and barriers built by stigma and fear.  Public health requires the ability to provide even the most basic of services without stigma; without discrimination; without humiliation; without marginalization; without racism. We commit to increasing our efforts to be a catalyst for change; for working harder at turning words into actions.  We will increase efforts to advocate for important Social Change in mental health and addiction support in prevention, treatment, and recovery services. We acknowledge and will work to help meet the important need for more counselors of color in our field; for greater understanding and development of culturally sensitive services and ways to eliminate barriers to those services.  Our Council welcomes and encourages feedback from and participation by people of color on our Community Advisory Committees.  We need your insights and experience to guide us in this important work.