A message from the Department of Revenue.
The events that have unfolded over the past week around the country and in our communities have been weighing heavily on my heart. It saddens me to witness so much unrest that has caused many of us to reflect on the state of our country and the role that each of us play.
Each of us has unique and diverse backgrounds that shape our feelings about these events. We won’t all have the same opinion and many of us are struggling to make sense of what is happening through conversation. Heartfelt, respectful dialogue is welcomed as a way to truly listen to the varying experiences that people may be having at this time.
In reflecting on what each of us can do to make a difference, I believe it starts with one of our agency’s values – respect. I am committed to respecting others and seeking to understand their perspectives while recognizing that I have lived a life where I have not felt what so many others feel each day. I can listen to the people of color in my life to understand how their lives have been impacted by systemic and structural racism. I can learn about the historical and current impact of racism on our communities.
Violence is never okay. It’s important that we practice compassion, show kindness to each other, and not let anger turn to hate or fear. Let’s pull together to listen with empathy, act with integrity, and respect all people.
If you need to talk, please reach out to someone you trust or take advantage of EAP resources. You may also contact Joanna Falcatan, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisor, at (360) 704-5718 or JoannaF@dor.wa.gov.
Washington State Department of Revenue
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