For more than 50 years, Citizens for Citizens has striven to fulfill the promise of its ongoing mission and the vision of former Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, and many others committed to the tenets of social justice, through the passage of the historic Economic Opportunity Act of 1964; a vision that a country could lift up all of its people, community by community, through the efforts and support of committed staff and progressive programs to combat poverty and promote social equality through individual and family support and empowerment.
During this time of pandemic uncertainty, growing economic disparity, and the racial tensions brought about by the tragic and senseless death of George Floyd, a young black man, our ongoing mission remains more important and necessary than ever. As a Community Action Agency that has always worked to improve the living conditions of our cities and towns, we will continue to assist and empower those who suffer needlessly each day under the weight of economic and racial inequity.
We here at Citizens for Citizens stand together with our greater community in the ongoing struggle to improve the lives of those less fortunate and foster an environment of hope and opportunity, not fear and neglect. We all share in the promise of this great nation that every man, woman and child regardless of their race, ethnicity or religion should be allowed to live with dignity and respect in a fellowship of caring and support; a covenant created by our predecessors from Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas to John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King. We stand here today with all of you in the fulfillment of that promise, paid for by the sacrifices of all those who fought and died on the battlefields, on our streets, and on their personal journeys to create a better world for all.
We hear you. We understand you. We respect you. And we will continue to fight for you.