Taking a Stand for Social Justice

June 08, 2020
Jill Vitale-Aussem, The Eden Alternative

Jill Vitale-Aussem, The Eden Alternative

On June 5th, Eden Alternative President & CEO, Jill Vitale-Aussem, shared a statement from our international Board of Directors in response to the events following the death of George Floyd. Click on Jill’s image to experience her recorded statement or read below.

Some of our Board members and I were recently talking with André Stephens, CEO of St. Francis Assisted Living, an Eden Registry Member. André told us that the town where his assisted living community is located, Forrest City, AR, is named for the first Ku Klux Klan leader.

The town had long been racially polarized. But André’s community was able to create a new reality and a new culture of “love for each person’s human soul.” That, said André, overrides everything else.  While St. Francis isn’t perfect (community never is!),  it’s moving in the right direction. And that’s what matters.

André reminded us that The Eden Alternative is an incredibly powerful healing force.  We teach inclusivity, compassion, and understanding. We teach the importance of seeing the world through the lens of other people’s experiences.  I’m so proud of our work toward social justice and a better world.  It’s more important now than ever that we lift up these values and continue our work to create cultures and a world that celebrates and honors each individual.

On behalf of the Eden Alternative International Board of Directors, I pledge that, as we continue to work toward our vision of creating a world that celebrates aging and human potential, we will embrace diversity and address racial inequalities.

Thank you for all you do, every day to make this world a more inclusive, equitable, and compassionate place.

Click here to see Jill’s video statement.

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This is of course very important in an empowered world. But as a person who coexists quietly with all minorities, I begin to feel like a minority. For some reason, I began to notice mockery of myself and so on. Tell me how to be. I am a simple person who considers everyone else the same people. Why should I listen to ridicule from other people? If we fight against inequality, then on all fronts, and not just on the part of uneducated people.


When Freedom begins equality ends.


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