Tag: Equality

Simply Good: Independence for All

“Whatever is my right as a man is also the right of another; and it becomes my duty to guarantee as well as to possess.”

By the time founding father Thomas Paine published “Common Sense” in 1776, he was already considered by many to be a radical zealot. Paine’s relentless gospel of freedom was so powerful, it incited action that eventually led to our country’s very first Independence Day.

Fast forward 245 years. The battle for freedom for all continues, both on our shores and around the world. As America celebrates Independence Day, this month’s Simply Good explores what freedom looks like for different people around the world.

As we watch fireworks this year, let us be grateful for the freedoms we do enjoy as Americans. However, let us also acknowledge our duty to fight for, and guarantee, those same freedoms for others.

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Simply Good: Pride Month

It’s hard to believe it’s been more than 50 years since the very first Pride march in New York City. Half a century has gone by, yet the LGBTQ+ community is still fighting to be seen and heard. It comes as no surprise, then, that the theme for this year’s march in the Big Apple is “The Fight Continues.” The March and all of its subsequent events and activities will be focused on uniting the community and empowering them to continue the fight.

New York City isn’t the only venue planning a major comeback for Pride month this June. With the global pandemic sidelining many Pride Month events last year, organizations and pop culture fixtures across the U.S. are working to make up for that lost time. The articles we’ve selected this month highlight a few of those that are coming alongside the LGBTQ+ community this year, as the battle rages on.

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Simply Good: Honoring Asian Pacific And Jewish Americans

Did you know there are more than 300,000 Asian-American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander U.S. veterans living today? Neither did I!

For the 2021 observance of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Federal Asian Pacific Council (FAPAC) chose Advancing Leaders through Public Service as its theme, focusing on Asian Pacific Americans who are impacting their communities through purpose-driven service. This year’s campaign is also shining a spotlight on those communities who have been combating heightened persecution since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jewish Americans are also honored each May with nationwide events and exhibits celebrating their influence on American history and culture. This year’s observance will recognize how diverse communities have stood up for Jewish Americans in the battle against antisemitism, as well as the ways this community is combating discrimination from others in all of its forms.

The articles we’ve selected this month provide an opportunity to learn more about these influential people groups and the struggles they face today. Education leads to awareness, which is key in recognizing and diminishing our own biases against those outside of our circles. Only when we do that can we, as individuals, affect real change in the world around us.

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Simply Good: Closing the Gender Pay Gap

Equal Pay Day caught us by surprise this year! Established to raise awareness of the gender pay gap, this symbolic day has historically been celebrated in April to show how far into the year a woman must work to match a man’s pay from the previous year. At first glance, an earlier observance in March may infer that substantial progress has been made to close that gap. Before we deem our mission accomplished, however, we should dig a little deeper.

As with everything else, 2020 changed the metrics. Could it be that larger numbers of women with lower-paying jobs lost them due to the pandemic? The unprecedented circumstances of last year could make it seem as though we are further along than we truly are. Let us not be so focused on what “seems” to be good that we keep blinders on to the struggle that remains.

That being said, we shouldn’t discount the real progress that is being made. Read on to learn about the strides that are pushing the needle further towards equitable pay, a fundamental right that is purely and simply good. 

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Simply Good: Observing LGBT Pride and Caribbean American Heritage Month

For well over a decade, June has been home to both LGBT Pride Month and Caribbean American Heritage Month.

The Los Angeles Pride Parade celebrates its 50th anniversary this year – at a point in history that couldn’t be more timely. The parade has always taken place in June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of 1969, an uprising that took place when Marsha P. Johnson, a black, transgender woman, and other members of the LGBTQ+ community, fought against police violence and oppression. This year’s parade organizers, who originally cancelled the event because of the COVID-19 pandemic, decided instead to march in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, bringing together two movements to engender a unified voice for a common cause – to be heard and to demand change.

This June is also the 15th annual commemoration of Caribbean American Heritage Month, a time to promote the rich culture and heritage of the Caribbean people and to honor the impact they and their descendants have made on America’s history.

We wanted to take this opportunity to recognize the history and impact of both groups of people by sending you a few articles that recognize the LGBT and Caribbean American communities and their influence on the world around us.

Simply Good: When Things Are Neither Good Nor Simple

How do we begin?

To be honest, I can’t even wrap my head around the tragic death of George Floyd, let alone the events unfolding in its wake over the past week. Maybe, like me, many of you are feeling angry, discouraged, or even hopeless. Two weeks ago, we were unified in the battle against COVID-19, but currently, our country is once again being torn apart by the centuries-old evil of systemic racism. We are compelled by the weight of injustice, anger, and grief to respond, but how and where do we begin?

This special edition of Simply Good comes out of my own desire to answer that question. Cries for justice in the past week have come through the thousands of peaceful demonstrations that have taken place all over the world. We cannot let those cries be drowned out by distractions, subterfuge or misinformation. If we want to affect change, we have to be visible and we have to be heard.

I hope these articles encourage you during this time of unrest, that the future for our country — and our children — is not without hope. I’ve also included some suggestions and resources for those who want to do something simply good to help change the things that are simply not.

 

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