ALF National Statement Against Hate
Statement from American Leadership Forum – National
At the ALF National Board of Directors meeting in Tacoma, WA in November 2018, the Board developed and issued the following statement in response to several recent hate crimes. Their hope is that Senior Fellows across the country will embrace this message and act on the bulleted suggestions.
As our country continues to witness the escalation of blame-fueled rhetoric, anger-and-hate-driven violence and amplified acts of unprecedented divisiveness, we as Senior Fellows of the American Leadership Forum feel compelled to step up and speak out.
There has never been a better time to double down on living the ALF ideals of dialogue. We know how to do this; this is what we stand for. In that spirit, here are some ways we can all “show up” in this world:
• Use your network to bring diverse thinkers together.
• Practice the art of transformative dialogue.
• Prioritize acts of intentional kindness and education over isolation.
• Seek out rational commentary on opposing views, then seek to understand.
• Avoid the impulse to react and escalate. As Rabbi Oren Hayon of Houston’s Congregation Emanu El recently said, “We cannot disregard anyone’s humanity if we hope to have our own humanity preserved.”
• Speak out against hateful speech and behavior targeted against any group.
Live the ideals of ALF and encourage others to join you on that preferred path. It is time to model the principles of our mission, established nearly 40 years ago, that encourage us all to be leaders in bringing people from all corners of our diverse communities together.
We must ask ourselves, “How am I showing up? What will I do to help facilitate change?”
American Leadership Forum – National Board of Trustees
November 28, 2018
Beth Boggs, Tacoma, WA
Debra Brown, Portland, OR
Gina Carroll, Houston, TX
Troy Christensen, Tacoma, WA
Sam Cook, Myrtle Beach, SC
Louis Cooper, Tacoma, WA
Dee Dee Dochen, Houston, TX
Bonnie Ferreira, Sacramento, CA
Reagan Flowers, Houston, TX
Kathy Halsey, Modesto, CA
Chrystal Joy, Charlotte, NC
Albert Najera, Sacramento, CA
Cyndee Patterson, Charlotte, NC
Rolanda Pierre-Dixon, San Jose, CA
Kimberlee Sheng, Portland, OR
Dan Snare, Houston, TX
Wendy Spencer, Merced, CA
Suzanne St. John-Crane, San Jose, CA
Pam Stewart, Sacramento, CA
Harriet Wasserstrum, Houston, TX
David Williams, Memphis, TN