Newsletter – April 19, 2021

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What now? What next? Reopening better & building a better world

From Day One…

TMC Community,

I write to you for the first time as CEO with mixed emotions. I am humbled by the outpouring of support I’ve received since my appointment was announced. People from across the country have reached out to share how much TMC has meant to them and their work. I am honored to lead a team of talented and thoughtful people so committed to excellence.

At the same time, I spent my first day as CEO—and every day in the week since—incensed by the police murders of Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo, and incensed watching a team of lawyers attempt to blame George Floyd for his own murder. As a long-time police accountability organizer, I am heartbroken for their families as they come to grips with the nightmare all Black and brown families pray they will never have to face. I am enraged by the contrasting images of men with white skin who have committed mass murder with assault weapons, and yet are captured without incident, time and time again.

In my 30-plus years working for racial justice, there is one thing I know for sure: growing strong organizations that can build community power is the only way to achieve anything close to justice for these families. I am as clear as I have ever been that this is why we must continue to transform the systems that train, arm, and protect most police officers, while inflicting trauma on Black and brown communities. Whatever the outcome of the Chauvin trial, we are with you as you act boldly to dismantle white supremacy and make a better world for all of us.

It is an honor for me to help build effective leaders, strong organizations, and powerful movements needed to realize our visions of social and racial justice. Our lives depend on it.

In solidarity,
Jakada Imani

Decisions at the Gateway of Reopening: Reflect, Reinvest, Redesign

As we enter a new phase of the pandemic, with vaccines more readily available and more states “reopening,” we are standing squarely at the gateway between one world and the next. Many of us are feeling anxious, and with good reason.

After all, the systems we live within are still broken. We don’t want to return to that “normal.” We’re also human—craving connection, reprieve, and a little more certainty. As managers, it’s our job to lead our teams forward from crisis to reinvention. A year ago, we were all forced into change without much time to prepare. Now, we have the opportunity to choose the changes we want to make. And it all starts with questions. Read this month’s article, Decisions at the Gateway of Reopening.

Read: Decisions at the Gateway of Reopening

Join TMC on Slack!

Happy Slack-iversary! One year ago we launched the TMC Community on Slack to help you connect during turbulent times. Today, our Slack community is growing and so are the topics we’re chatting about, from antiracist HR to effective manager meetings.

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Training Updates

As of April 1st, all public trainings will feature live transcription. This is one of many necessary steps that TMC is taking as we work to provide a more equitable training environment. For further information about training accommodations, refer to our training FAQs or reach out to us at

And, don’t miss out on these April and May trainings that still have a few spots left!

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