AGF Condemns Recent Acts of Violence
The Andrew Goodman Foundation advocates for a better, more equitable, and more just world than what we have seen this past week.
Over the last seven days, we have witnessed a string of immoral and violent acts unleashed throughout our beloved country. A series of bombs were mailed to nationally-recognized individuals and elected officials who have criticized our current administration. Two African-American customers were shot and killed at a Kroger grocery store in Jeffersontown, KY. Eleven Jewish people were murdered while worshiping on the Sabbath at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA.
These acts were targeted and meant to promote fear and hate, but we cannot concede.
We have witnessed this hate before in Charleston, NC in 2015 when nine African Americans were murdered in a church while praying. We have seen it in Charlottesville, VA in 2017 when a car struck and killed a protester. We have also seen it in Meridian, MS in 1964 when the Ku Klux Klan murdered James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman. Every time extremism terrorizes our country, we must resist the urge to give in. Out of sadness and despair must come resilience and hope. Out of darkness, a commitment to deliver on the promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
This is why The Andrew Goodman Foundation’s mission of making young voices and votes a powerful force in democracy is so important. We believe that moral behavior should not be a partisan issue and that young Americans are the answer. They have the power to set aside partisan differences in order to ensure a just democracy and sustainable future for all of us.
About The Andrew Goodman Foundation
Established to continue the legacy of Andrew Goodman, a civil rights worker murdered during Freedom Summer 1964, The Andrew Goodman Foundation partners with America’s colleges and universities through its Vote Everywhere program which provides student leaders with a platform to register and mobilize voters, organize campuses, and collaborate with their peers. To learn more, visit www.andrewgoodman.org.