The recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others highlight the continued injustices experienced by Black Americans. Their deaths underscore the history of violence and racism Black people still face.
Black lives matter and we have a moral and business obligation to engage on this fundamental issue of equality and fairness. Our CEO John Stankey has committed that we will put AT&T resources and leadership towards initiatives that we believe can move the needle on the issue of law enforcement reform and we will do so for as long as it takes. Our Chairman and former CEO Randall Stephenson authored an open letter calling for elected officials at local, state and federal levels to work with us toward achieving equitable policing and redefining the relationship between law enforcement and those they serve—Black Americans, in particular. Participating in this struggle is a moral and business imperative—not just for AT&T, but for all companies, and for all communities and citizens. We will drive change through the following actions:
Advocate for systemic change
We'll work with civil rights organizations, law enforcement, elected officials and other businesses on the local, state and federal levels to push for change to address injustices in law enforcement. Our Chairman and former CEO Randall Stephenson agreed to lead a new Business Roundtable (BRT) committee of top CEOs to push for public policy changes to deliver equal justice outcomes for all. You can watch Randall discuss the need for change on CNBC. We know there is much more that must be addressed when it comes to racial inequities across every facet of society – education, health care, economic opportunities and jobs – across our communities.
Randall Stephenson joins conversation on racial equality with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others
Randall Stephenson Op-ed: The Mandate for Equitable Justice: An Open Letter to Our Federal, State and Local Elected Officials
Tell the story
WarnerMedia is supporting this effort by telling important stories about racism and the lack of racial equality.
HBO Documentary Films In Production On A Two-Part Documentary SEEN & HEARD, Exploring And Celebrating Black Television And Voices In Entertainment
HBO is also making Notes from the Field and Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas available for free on YouTube
Listen to one another
We are continuing the work we began four years ago to encourage employees at every level to engage in open, authentic dialogue around racial inequality through leadership town halls, team meetings and programs like Dialogues of Understanding and DINE.
Make a difference
Our society doesn’t work if it doesn’t work equally for all. Across the country, we’re working with many civil rights organizations. Additionally, we are continuing to work diligently in our communities to address education, workforce and other needs of underserved communities, including the Black community. We will continue to learn from our employees, the community and other businesses, and we’re commitment to keep listening and working to ensure we live true to our value to stand for equality
WarnerMedia expands content innovation program OneFifty with additional $500k for to seed issue-focused creative ideas from communities who often go unheard
We’re working with many civil rights organizations, including Color of Change, National Action Network, National Urban League, NAACP, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and the Equal Justice Initiative.
AT&T Offers Nearly 2,300 Scholarships to Online Academies
AT&T expands its commitment to economic opportunity for black & underserved communities by offering scholarships to online academies Udacity & Coursera.
AT&T Supports the Commitment March in Washington D.C
AT&T stands in solidarity with those leading the Commitment March this week in Washington, D.C., and those who have lost loved ones to police brutality.
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