It begins by joining together, believing in the potency of inclusion, and building
from a common bond.
It embraces complexity as cause for collaboration, accepting that our fates are inextricable.
It recognizes local leaders as national leaders, nurturing the wisdom and creativity
within every community as essential to solving the nation’s problems.
It demands honesty and forthrightness, calling out racism and oppression, both overt
It strives for the power to realize our goals while summoning the grace to sustain
It requires that we understand the past, without being trapped in it; embrace the
present, without being constrained by it; and look to the future, guided by the hopes
and courage of those who have fought before and beside us.
This is equity: just and fair inclusion into a society in which all can participate,
prosper, and reach their full potential. Unlocking the promise of the nation by unleashing
the promise in us all.
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