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As CUNA Mutual Group Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Angela Russell said in a recent op-ed, “If we stand by our Black Lives Matter statements, it must go beyond the brand.” Credit unions and other organizations that declared their stance against racism by releasing a public statement this summer, but have not yet followed up with real action, are simply not doing enough.

The Aug. 23 police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man in Kenosha, Wis., and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has brought to light severe economic and health-related disparities according to race, are just a few reminders of why it continues to be more important than ever to proactively address racial inequality.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha has served as an editor for CU Times since March 2015. She also served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta FCU) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer for more than 16 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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