On June 11th, Cincinnati Bell was proud to support the current movement that is taking the world by storm, the Black Lives Matter Movement. In solidarity, they paused work for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. This was the amount of time that the Minnesota police officer kneeled on the neck of George Floyd. Leigh Fox, the current President & CEO of Cincinnati Bell asked 4,400 Cincinnati Bell employees throughout North America to participate. The call was received with welcome arms and employees of every ethnicity were eager to do so.

Today, there are roughly 660 Cincinnati Bell employees who are members of CWA. They are the installers who install the services that consumers and businesses in northern Kentucky, Dayton, and Cincinnati rely on every day. They make up the backend support of the most essential services that the company offers.

Union employees, come in contact with customers daily and consistently show others what it means to treat others with respect. The company’s CWA employees show their concern for the city by participating in the work pause and have the support of the whole company supporting them.

Even though some may not be in a position to physically go and participate in the protest, this at least allows them to show their support. Chief Culture Officer of Cincinnati Bell said that the company is now focused on keeping a culture of equality and respect in the workplace in communities.

There is no better time to open up communication among now, considering the current climate. This should be dialogue that will give us the chance to recognize the communities of color’s denial of justice and equality. The union is hoping that our taking a stand by participating in the solidarity moment that we’ll be making a significant contribution. We hope that these actions will also have a positive impact while we move forward.

Many Cincinnati businesses are trying to figure out how they can lend their voices in the cause and even the smallest contribution is appreciated. The worse thing that anyone can do is nothing. So even if it seems like something very insignificant, in the larger scheme of things, it is helping them move toward a country of equality and inclusion.

Some voices have been silenced for far too long. However, through other’s voices, those voices that have been silenced can now be heard. Some companies are using this moment as a marketing opportunity. However, the companies and organizations that are sincere in their efforts will show this in their actions now in the future. They must put in the work and those of color must be the ones who are benefiting from these efforts because if they do then we all benefit. Injustices run deep and they have put a stain on us as a country. However, with a show of solidarity and support, we can become a pillar of hope for other oppressed countries.