The recent images and videos of the tragic deaths of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arberyre, along with the news accounts of the death of Breonna Taylor, are hard to see and difficult to understand. How could these tragedies happen?
They serve as a blunt reminder that there is still much work to be done in America to ensure our neighbors feel equal.
The reaction has been swift and, at times, violent. It’s been a trying time for leaders and residents across the country as they grapple with how to make their communities safe, welcoming and considerate of all cultures and backgrounds.
The goal of creating a diverse community where all cultures are seen and heard is one that is part of the fabric of Cranberry Township.
It starts with every municipal employee, who are held to high standard when it comes to treating residents and co-workers with respect.
That includes our Police Department, where our officers are held to the highest standards of professionalism and public service, a standard that is embraced and practiced consistently by every officer. They practice their professionalism in a compassionate and understanding manner, no matter the situation in which they find themselves.
That mission spreads throughout the community thanks to organizations like the Township supported Cranberry Area Diversity Network, CADN. For 27 years, the organization has promoted inclusion and diversity for those of any ethnicity, religion, gender, age or race.
Through yearly events like CranFest and frequent programs, the group brings all members of the community together to engage in conversation. The goal is to promote better understanding for others and adopt an appreciation for the challenges their neighbors may face each day.
The mission has been embraced by the community, with thousands from around the region taking part in these programs each year. Our community takes this mission seriously and has helped CADN become an integral part of our community’s fabric.
These are unsettling times for many, and tough conversations and interactions lie ahead. Our promise is that Cranberry Township will continue to value and place emphasis on promoting diversity through positive interactions and respectful, compassionate dialogue.
We will continue to make Cranberry Township a great – and inclusive – place to live, work and play.
We’d love to hear your feedback. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jerry Andree, Township Manager
Kevin Meyer, Chief of Police
Charles Hawkins, Coordinator, Cranberry Area Diversity Network