Last night on the Twitters, Cole asked:
While they are distracted by the peotests let’s rip down all the confederate monuments, change the street and scool names, snd change the names of military bases.
— John Cole (@Johngcole) June 2, 2020
Well have I got an announcement for you!!!!!
Last year I connected with LTC (ret) Troy Mosley who is the founder and president of Citizens Against Intolerance. I came across his op-ed, reprinted here, on why it is important to rename the 10 US Army bases that are currently named for Confederate generals and reached out with some information for him. This led to a couple of emails, then some phone calls, and since last fall I’ve been functioning as a senior advisor to Citizens Against Intolerance as he and several other volunteers got things up and running. Now that all of our paperwork is in order and our website is finalized and running, I’d like to invite everyone to check the group out. Our About page is here and says:
Citizens Against Intolerance LLC was established to mitigate or end all forms of discrimination in America. Intolerance which grows out of ignorance foments hatred and is destructive. America’s founding fathers set out to do something never before done in the world, create a society where one’s birth right did not determine their future. These lofty goals were expressed in America’s declaration of independence and codified in the Bill of Rights. This idea was so novel that even the early framers did not agree entirely to whom America’s great promise was intended. It is our belief that the framers were deliberately vague in expressing precisely who were the intended benefactors of America’s great promise. It is our contention that the framers left the heirs of America’s promise to be determined by future generations.
There is a gap between what is specified in America’s founding documents and what is experienced daily by America’s citizens. Women are not paid equal wages as men for the same work. Black Americans receive prison sentences 20% longer than white Americans for the same crime, even minority service members are several times more likely to be court-martialed in the US armed forces than white service members. Black women are 2-6 times more likely to die in child birth. The inequality in America is expressed in the educational achievement gap, the wealth gap, and there are even socio-economic determinants to health. Citizens Against Intolerance will work to forge relationships with like-minded organizations to establish public law and policy that eliminates or mitigates the effects of racism, sexism and homophobia in America and the world. To this end we are committed to:
To advocate for full inclusion that is just, verdant and equitable, and provide organized resistance to all forms of discrimination by advocating for public policy and laws that remove barriers which support systematic discrimination based on race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, gender identity as well as all other forms of discrimination.
To forge a society where all citizens believe their potential is unlimited by race, gender, or sexual orientation bias, where American institutions are replete with examples of the diversity and inclusion across all races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations and identities.
Inclusion: The development and promulgation of best practices that promote the participation of diverse populations and the identification and removal of systemic barriers that prevent the participation of entire segments of the population. Love: The unconditioned admiration for humanity. Integrity: Doing what is right. Scholarship: This organization places a premium on the pursuit of knowledge, and the advancement of evidence-based technologies, tactics, techniques and procedures.
We are up on Twitter at: @CitizensAgains8. On Facebook (not my idea given how everyone knows my thoughts on Facebook) at: @DiversityandUnity. And we have an Instagram account to, but I can’t for the life of me find the link, so you’ll just have to trust me.
And, of course, we have a petition for you all to sign!
You all know what to do!