The Board of Directors of the Albany Chamber of Commerce is saddened to learn that merchants in Albany have received threatening messages in response to their support of human rights in general and Black Lives Matter in particular. The primary goal of the Albany Chamber is to support and develop a thriving business community in our town, and we want to underscore that there is no place for hate, fear mongering, or threats in that community.
We know that these messages are hurtful and worrisome and we condemn them.
As members of this community we all have a responsibility to support one another -- whether they are next door or on the other side of town; whether they are partners or competitors. Please let us know if you or someone you know receives hateful messages or threats at your business. Please let us know how we can help support our businesses that are risking threats and anger because they are passionate about expressing their beliefs. We will share what we learn so that we can all know better how to support each other.
We are a small community but we can still speak loudly and make it clear that we will not tolerate harassment and threats.
The Board of Directors of the Albany Chamber of Commerce
Shaun Charles, President
Victoria Lynn Curtis, Vice President
Tod Abbott, Secretary
Colvin Datchy, Board Member
Marie Bowser, Board Member
Pascha Brown, Board Member