The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) extends its best wishes for a happy, safe and peaceful Thanksgiving holiday to all Americans celebrating the holiday on Thursday November 26, 2020.

This year we celebrate despite serious challenges facing our nation and the rest of the world, health and economic challenges, as a result of the Covid-19 global crisis.

It is tempting to claim Covid fatigue, throw caution to the wind, and act as if all is normal. Who wouldn’t want to celebrate Thanksgiving with as many friends and family as possible? The rule has been the more, the merrier. But we are still mired in a unique and devastating public health crisis. Celebrating for a few hours is not worth the steep price the most vulnerable among us will have to pay from this come what may attitude. We urge the smallest gatherings possible, with measures to protect the vulnerable in our families.

Despite all the pain, economic and other, there is a lot to be thankful for. Thanksgiving is a special time to remember and reflect on the many blessings we enjoy in this great country. Many around the world are facing a much harsher adversity. 2020 has been a rough year and we are not a perfect country. But we have much to be thankful for and together we can fight and defeat hate and divisiveness. Americans are optimistic by nature.

“Thanksgiving is a celebration of life,” said Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive Director. “Let’s all celebrate responsibly, respecting all the restrictions imposed on us for our safety and the safety of our loved ones,” added Hamad.

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