Dear NEWEA members and friends,
The January 6th assault on the Capitol was an assault on our democracy. This was not an exercise in First Amendment rights but a violent and ultimately deadly attempt to overthrow the results of a fairly won election.
NEWEA’s mission is to promote education and collaboration while advancing knowledge, innovation, and sound public policy for the protection of the water environment and our quality of life. With the recent creation of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, we emphasize that a crucial component of our mission is recognizing, respecting, and promoting the variety of similarities and differences among us, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, immigration status, religious beliefs, and mental and physical disabilities. To advance this mission, we want to underscore our continued support for the hard work of our members and the government agencies and individuals with who we work.
In observing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day we are committed, as ever, to doing our part to support and preserve our democracy and to ensure that it is equitable and accessible for everyone.
As we approach the Presidential Inauguration, we urge all New Englanders to remember that what you say and what you do matters in the world. Violence and hate cannot be tolerated, and we encourage our members to speak out when they witness injustices.
Interested in doing more? Join our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.
Jennifer Kelly Lachmayr, NEWEA President
Virgil Lloyd, NEWEA President Elect
Mary Barry, NEWEA Executive Director