Dear Neighbors and Partners,
Martin Luther King Jr. once famously wrote:
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
Today and always, these words resonate with so many of us because we know that we must remain vigilant. Centuries old systems of imposed inequality, such as those embedded in our country’s criminal justice systems, still threaten and divide us. Constant failures in national leadership fueled by the rhetoric of hate, still threaten and divide us. However, we can still find hope and we must find strength to act. Dr. King, in the same quote goes on to say, "We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny." Danger lies when we don’t see that we are being divided and played against one another. It is tempting to fall into the habit of shielding ourselves from the outside world, especially when negative events and harmful policies seem to go unnoticed or unchecked. But we must continue to take note and take action when we see someone suffering from harm caused by injustice because we are all inescapably connected and must not lose sight of that.
Thank you Dr. King for your selfless activism, sacrifices and inspiration. In this New Year and beyond, I invite all of you to join me in the continued fight against injustice, intolerance, and discrimination.
Yours in service,