We remember too well that in the original document stating the promise of our democracy, “We, the People” left out people of color and women – over half the U.S. population. While hard-fought battles have brought progress over the centuries, it remains a broken promise.
Racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination persist through the overt and covert actions of individuals and institutions that abuse their power, and through the silent witness of bystanders. We all must redouble our efforts to speak up and confront these societal ills at every turn.
At Vision 2020, we believe equality sustains a just and fair society. In our mission and programs, we are dedicated to finishing the unfinished business of equality for all women. But we must also work for the equality of all people without regard to social identifiers often used to divide society.
We applaud the activism of peaceful public protests. We also appeal to everyone who wants positive social change: Please vote. Not only in presidential elections. Vote in local and state elections. Local officials have the most power to effect social change.
Finally, join with and support organizations that are working for equality for all. Together we can – and will – do what must be done to change the systems that perpetuate racism, injustice and inequality in all forms.
Lynn H. Yeakel
President, Vision 2020