For the first time in its shared history, the leadership of these Chambers of Commerce which serve the Austin area, is releasing a joint statement of unity. This is in direct response to the January 6th, 2021 unprecedented and violent attack of the U.S. Capitol and of our nation’s system of democracy.
Please see the statement below from the Multi-Ethnic Chamber Alliance (MECA), the Austin Chamber, and the Austin Young Chamber, which all have active members representing corporations, small businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies.
As Chamber CEO business leaders in Austin, we honor the fundamental values of democracy and freedom of speech; while simultaneously rejecting all acts of hatred, threats and violence. It’s paramount to unify to support a peaceful transition of power, and focus on building a supportive, diverse, and prosperous community. We will move past the unlawful acts at our nation’s Capitol building.
We believe in a shared responsibility to a holistic approach to building better and stronger communities by having a diverse thought of lived experiences, voices and contributions. It is through these actions that we can truly have prosperity in education and business for all while upholding values that include empathy and understanding.
Fang Fang, President & CEO, Greater Austin Asian Chamber of commerce
Tam Hawkins, President & CEO, Greater Austin Black Chamber
Diana Maldonado, President & CEO, Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Tina Cannon, President & CEO, Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce
Alyssia Palacios-Woods, President & CEO, Austin Young Chamber
Laura Huffman, President & CEO, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce