The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) wishes all Americans a pleasant and safe 4th of July holiday.
The 4th of July is a celebration of America and the values it stands for. The US Constitution and the Declaration of Independence have set timeless values that have inspired the evolution of this country into what it is today. Despite the challenges and the setbacks, we see a movement toward having our ideals a lived reality for everyone.
On this 4th of July we celebrate our independence without forgetting that our country has a moral obligation to stand for the freedom and independence of all the nations in the world. Let us not forget that what unites us is not only our common citizenship and flag but our common humanity with the rest of the world as well.
This year we celebrate the 4th of July with our nation facing a myriad of challenges. In addition to the Covid-19 pandemic, we continue to struggle with racism, police brutality and political division. The recent preventable deaths of African Americans at the hands of police officers have resulted in massive protests in the US, and in fact around the world, demanding that America make its ideals a lived reality for everyone. We believe that peaceful protests can spur us to unity and change. Violence further divides us and is counterproductive.
This year we celebrate with a large number of Americans not optimistic about the future and believing that this country is moving in the wrong direction. We continue to believe in what former President Bill Clinton once said: “There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.” This engagement that we see from the public, and our responsive institutions, can create the change that is needed to create a better America.
As we celebrate, we should not forget that we are struggling with a pandemic that has killed more than 128,000 Americans and infected millions. AHRC calls on everyone to remember that we are still living the Covid-19 crisis and no one is immune. Large gatherings are coronavirus super spreaders. We urge everyone to wear a mask in public and to practice social distancing.
“The 4th of July is not only a celebration of America’s independence but of the values that America stands for as well,” said Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive Director. “We will continue to work toward an America where the blessings of freedom and equality are enjoyed by all Americans,” continued Mr. Hamad.
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