(New York, June 8, 2020) — To IES Members and the lighting community,
George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others have lost their lives because they were Black. Murdered, because they were Black. Unfortunately, due to the deep-seated systemic racism that exists, unless we act now, there will likely be others.
Simply put, Black Lives Matter. This is not a controversial statement. It speaks to the racial injustices that the Black community faces on a daily basis from law enforcement, the judicial system, and more. This is a reality that the IES does not accept.
Unequivocally, the IES supports inclusion.
Unequivocally, the IES supports our Black members, volunteers, employees and the entire Black community.
Unequivocally, the IES supports uniting and speaking out.
The IES is committed to making a difference. To identify ways in which we can create actionable initiatives to enact change, we will be focused on listening and learning. We encourage you to do the same. In addition, the IES will:
- seek strategic partners to identify how we can make a positive impact;
- review our existing programs and services; and
- listen to our members, volunteers, and the lighting community to identify ways to remove obstacles that exist within our industry so that the diversity of the lighting industry mirrors that of the world we live in.
We also want to hear from you about what you believe the IES can do to have a positive impact. Join us in standing together to improve, learn, grow, and create meaningful change. Contact us at [email protected] and/or [email protected].
Violence against the Black community must come to an end. Racial injustices against the Black community must come to an end. Racism against the Black community must come to an end.
The IES Board of Directors
Jennifer Jaques, President, IES Board of Directors
Antonio Garza, Vice President, IES Board of Directors
James Radi, Treasurer, IES Board of Directors
Lance Bennett, Past President, IES Board of Directors
Frank Agraz, At-Large Director, IES Board of Directors
Carl Bloomfield, At-Large Director, IES Board of Directors
Wilson Dau, At-Large Director, IES Board of Directors
Naomi Miller, At-Large Director, IES Board of Directors
James Potts, At-Large Director, IES Board of Directors
Susanne Seitinger, At-Large Director, IES Board of Directors
Antonio Giacobbe, West Regional Director, IES Board of Directors
Rick Paradis, Northeast Regional Director, IES Board of Directors
Michelle Prew, Midwest Regional Director, IES Board of Directors
Billy Tubb, South Regional Director, IES Board of Directors
The IES Staff
Tim Licitra, IES Executive Director
Dawn De Grazio