How are we still here?

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Most of the teens we work with are black.

Our goal is to help them create a 10-year vision for their lives that’s bigger and more exciting than they ever thought possible.

So when I saw this video, my heart broke.

"From one black man to another, we have to do better", by curtis_hayesnc

We’re trying to get these teens to dream big about their career, lifestyle and relationships.

But Curtis M Hayes is in tears telling this 16-year old kid that instead, he has to focus his vision on fighting for equal treatment.

Equal treatment. In 2020.

How are we still here?

  • The 13th Amendment was formally adopted in the U.S. Constitution 155 years ago.
  • Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus 65 years ago.
  • Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech was 57 years ago.

How are we still here?

One thing has always been true.

Adversity reveals character. Adversity is when the most powerful leaders step up.

These powerful leaders rise above what they’re fighting against.

“If we want our criminal justice system, and American society at large, to operate on a higher ethical code, then we have to model that code ourselves.” Barack Obama

Check out these examples of leaders stepping up and rising above what they’re fighting:

This gives me hope. But the only way we can do this is together.

How we’re trying to help

We’re continuing to educate ourselves on these issues as much as we can.

Additionally, we’re donating $500 to each of the following organizations:

Center for Policing Equity

This organization works directly with police departments to measure behaviors and revise policies resulting in fewer people killed, and fewer people in jail. We have police in our family and we support police. But policing has to be fair, equitable and effective. This organization includes several former police chiefs that partner with departments across the US to make policing practices safer for themselves and all citizens they’re sworn to protect.

My Block, My Hood, My City Small Business Relief Fund

This organization is helping businesses on the south and west sides of Chicago recover after looting left many of them decimated.

Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund

This fund is helping Chicago’s struggling communities access emergency food and basic supplies, financial assistance, and nonprofit safety and operations assistance.

What else we’re reading and watching

The answer to the problem is simple.

It’s the Golden Rule. Treat others as you want to be treated.

If we can all commit to living by this rule, things will get better.

Our vision is that in 10 years, this fear, injustice and violence is all part of our history- not part of our future.

Standing together with you in these challenging times,

Matthew & Joseph Moheban

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