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 this Thursday. We celebrate despite serious challenges facing our nation and the rest of the world.

Thanksgiving is a holiday of giving, sharing and family time. This is a special time to remember and reflect on the many blessings we enjoy in this great country while not forgetting that so many other less fortunate human beings in the US and around the world are living in relative deprivation.

While holidays are causes for celebration, the serious conflicts and tensions in our world remind us of the challenges we continue to face in aspiring to have every human being enjoy their human rights.

We are not a perfect country. But we have much to be thankful for and together we can fight and defeat hate and divisiveness. Hate and divisive rhetoric should not be used as political tools. Only together as a country and as peace- loving people around the world we can help create a better world for all of us.

AHRC-USA affirms its unwavering commitment to promoting and defending the human rights and human dignity of everyone, in the US and abroad. On this occasion, we salute all the stakeholders who work tirelessly to make our world a better world. These stakeholders include honest and hard- working local, state, and federal law enforcement who work through holidays to ensure the safety of everyone as well as AHRC’s sister human rights organizations, civil rights organizations and social movements.

“Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy good food and time with friends and family,” said Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive Director. “But we should not forget about the less fortunate among us, the prisoners, the food insecure, the homeless and the refugees. Helping them, by donating money or volunteering, reaffirms our common humanity and is in the best of American traditions,” continued Hamad.

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