The more time I spend working towards Fair Development the more I return to this quote from W.E.B DuBois on art:
But art is not simply works of art; it is the spirit that knows Beauty, that has music in its being and the color of sunsets in its headkerchiefs; that can dance on a flaming world and make the world dance, too.
I believe that seeking beauty - not so much by the creation of objects - but through working to create spaces where we as people can think, reflect and act together around core human rights values - is a matter of survival as we face multiple overlapping crisis from global climate change to deeply rooted inequality. These are complex challenges with solutions that require tireless work and creativity to gain ground.
The results I have seen come out of the spaces you have supported in the past - from the amazing leadership of Free Your Voice to stop the incinerator to the incredible work of the Baltimore Housing Roundtable to put forth a vision for public prioritization of permanently affordable housing - is what compels me to continue to commit time and energy to this work.
I am pleased to ask you to support this vital work!