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The Forest Park Chamber of Commerce, which has been working hard to help businesses amid COVID-19 shutdowns, took time to address social justice.

“We must pause to recognize that at this moment life is anything but business as usual,” said a release from the chamber last week. “People across the nation are rallying for social justice and change and we hear you. We stand against racism, inequality and discrimination of any kind.”

The chamber thanked Mayor Rory Hoskins and village officials for the “very good working relationship” and for helping the business community since the COVID-19 emergency began. They also mentioned the more recent assistance the village provided during the looting.

“It was all hands-on deck as you and our first responders put their lives on the line to protect our community,” said the chamber in their statement.

To the business community, the chamber had this to say: “Your strength, passion, creativity and dedication continue to amaze us. We want you to know we’re here for you and will continue to work hard to support, promote and inform you in the days and weeks ahead.”

The chamber spoke, too, about the diversity of the village.

“Diversity is what makes Forest Park such a strong community — a community that works together to support one another day to day and whenever there’s a need. Along the way we learn from each other and as we continue to open ourselves up and see things from many different perspectives.”