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The American Chemical Society, ACS, was founded in 1876 and chartered by the U.S. Congress. It's one of the world’s largest scientific organizations with more than 150,000 members in 140+ countries. 

The depth and breadth of its numerous programs are apparent in a review of its website. Its mission and vision reflect benefit of us all.

"Our mission is to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people. Our vision is to improve people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry." 

The culture of ACS as expressed in their president's message about George Floyd is one that we at Progressive Liberty agree with. 

"ACS deplores the abuse of power that resulted in the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. We mourn their deaths and those of countless other Black and Brown Americans who have been victims of abuses of power and authority.

We condemn racism, discrimination, and harassment, in any form or manifestation. These behaviors rob our fellow citizens of the opportunity to reach their full potential, of their place in society, and sometimes, of their lives.

ACS is dedicated to supporting, promoting and ensuring diverse, inclusive and respectful chemistry learning environments and workplaces. It is, in fact, a core value of the Society.

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ACS will use its platform as one of the world’s largest professional scientific organizations to lend a voice to those who are voiceless, and speak truth to power. We will continue to speak out to condemn injustice, racism, bigotry, discrimination, intolerance and harassment.

In the wake of this most recent horrific tragedy, ACS renews its commitment to its core value of Diversity, Inclusion and Respect. We recognize that some progress has been made thus far, but issues of systemic racism continue despite that progress. We commit to continuously evaluate our policies and practices to actively remove systemic barriers to participation by all in the ACS community.

Diverse chemistry learners and professionals continue to experience rejection, isolation, aggression, and harassment by their peers leaving them disillusioned and their work undervalued. We commit to finding new ways to use our influence and resources to bring about needed change and diversity in the STEM community and beyond to bring about greater opportunities and advancement for African Americans, as well as for Latinos, Native Americans and other under-represented populations around the world.

For those of us who are old enough, we remember the riots in the 1960s, and it is very sad to say that as a nation we have not made significant progress in addressing systemic racism. As a Latino, I understand and acknowledge the frustrations, the fear, and the trauma that comes with discrimination and injustice.

We are in this together. Let us renew our commitment to empower all people with the right to live a life of peace, dignity and respect free from discrimination, racism, harassment and intimidation."

The hope of this author is that the ACS extends their non-discrimination sentiments to discrimination towards women as well.

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