Our Industry Stands in Solidarity, So Do We

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

The words were spoken by Martin Luther King Jr.

It is in that spirit, and at this sad time for our country, we put our core communications expertise to work with messages of universal resolve toward bringing about equality, justice and respect for everyone, once and for all.

We also are heartened by statements from the leaders of two trade associations we belong to: the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI).

In a recent letter to members titled, “My Heart Breaks,” PRSA Chair Garland Stansell writes, “We should be the voices of compassion, civility, reason, and the earnest voices of challenge to help our employers, clients, communities, friends and families engage in productive, honest and empathetic conversation.”

Similarly, NIRI’s President and CEO Gary LeBranche takes a personal approach in a post for IR Update Weekly titled, “Breathless,” stating, “If a community can rally to find a beloved pet, we can also rally to save and improve our society and our fellow humans.”

Both letters are worth taking the time to read in their entirety.

There is little left to be said. Now is the time for action. We stand in solidarity with our industry.

 Roger Pondel, rpondel@pondel.com