Selma, Alabama. 1965. Stefan Sharff
A group of civil rights demonstrators march from Selma to Montgomery to fight for black suffrage.
I Believe the Following:
Equality is the availability of opportunity and the absence of privilege.
Equality demands redressing the failures of our past; we are tied to the whole of our history.
The right to clean water, air, and a healthy living environment applies to everyone.
Our democracy demands one person, one vote for representation.
We should look out for one another and build community wherever we can.
The government must work for women, children, people of color, LGBTQ+, workers, immigrants, veterans, the elderly, the indigenous, the differently-abled, and the sick.
Everyone has the right to housing, education, health care, welfare, and a living wage at a dignified job.
Inequality is the offspring of privilege; political gridlock only preserves this structure.
Affirming the rights of others is not denying or negating the rights of anyone.
Interpretations of political documents written hundreds of years ago should not be pretexts to withhold or deny equality and justice in the 21st century.
Equal protection under the law is not optional and should not be administered based on your race, color, creed, class, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity.
Racism, sexism, xenophobia, misogyny, and bigotry must be named, detailed, and fully exposed.
Systemic racism, criminalization, and exploitation are the tools used to oppress and preserve privilege; they must be dismantled.
No one in America should live in poverty or die because they are too poor.
We all have the right to dignity, work, and freedom from violence. Legal and illegal are not classifications for humans.
Healthcare, education, and criminal justice should not be for profit.
The second amendment does not give anyone the right to a gun.
No one should live in a constant state of terror, despair, fear, or degradation.
Workers are the foundation of our economy. Their interests, rights, and compensation must come before management and shareholders.
Our monetary and financial systems must repay their debt to the disadvantaged and the planet first.
Progress will not happen unless people come together and lay everything on the line to address the issues that affect us all. Nothing will change until we show up and do something. It depends on US.
“Roshan Mody FL 20
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