Where We Stand - Or Choose To Kneel

It’s July 4th. American flags dot the lawns of our neighborhoods. How has the landscape of America changed in the past 244 years when “Freedom” meant separating from British rule?

We should be celebrating the words “Declared” by Thomas Jefferson, a slave-holder, in the most important civil rights mandate written, “That all men are created equal, and they are endowed with certain unalienable rights, that among those are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” This was the vision of our founding fathers for these United States in 1776.

“They are endowed with unalienable rights...” And yet...

Covid 19 is not the only virus plaguing our country. Tentacles of hate, bigotry, racism, xenophobia - all the “isms” spread throughout the fabric of our American communities, people stripped of their “unalienable rights”, or they were denied them to begin with.

244 years of microaggressions in everyday life have reached the boiling point, and bubbled over as an affliction among our many diverse cultures, but especially those of black and brown-skinned people.

We bore witness by video of the violent senseless deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arberry, Elijah McClain, Breonna Taylor and countless others whose deaths were the result of systemic racism, bigotry, prejudice. These tragic incidents have moved people of all ages, cultures, to the streets for weeks of peaceful protest.

“All men are created equal”. And yet...

The rising tide of Anti-Semitism in the U.S. spiked last year (2019) with 2,107 Anti-Semitic incidents. Jewish communities in Monsey, NY, Jersey City, NJ, and Poway, CA were targets of deadly attacks. Nearly 2/3 of American Jews surveyed (January, 2020; ADL) believe they are less safe here in their American communities than ten years ago. Of the 36 active hate groups in Pennsylvania, 16 are identified as “racist skinhead, white nationalist, or neo-Nazi” (Southern Poverty Law Center).

And yet...

Hate acts against the Philadelphia Asian community during the last three months increased, as they were scapegoated for the fallacious idea that they were responsible for spreading the corona virus.

And yet...

Sexual Exploitation/human trafficking is in our American neighborhoods, and is making headlines in the news as powerful and influential men feel they have the right to control and abuse a young girl’s body as a commodity for their pleasure and profit.

Fighting for human rights is the tenant of our Foundation. We respect diversity and invest in non-profit organizations who offer sustainable programs in championing human rights for all.

We are issuing a Call For Action for non-profits to submit RFP’s for us to consider additional programs of diversity, inclusivity, fighting hate, prejudice, and bigotry.

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