Op Ed post Election November 17, 2016

by Focus: HOPE CEO, Jason Lee

Regardless of our individual political affiliations, we can all agree that the rhetoric of the 2016 Presidential Election has deeply polarized this country in ways not seen since the 1960’s. The spirit of America has been wounded by an exceptionally divisive approach to the political process – a process that many in this country fought for and some even gave their lives to protect.

We are the United States of America…the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. Is our conduct with respect to one another reflective of these words that we sing so often at sporting events and school assemblies? Are our children learning the values of respect, racial tolerance, religious freedom, civil political discourse and non-violent protest?

Focus: HOPE was founded as a solution to the institutional and racial ills that plagued Detroit and our nation. We stand for equal justice and opportunity for all, from every race, creed, color, sexual orientation and religious doctrine. We believe in the beauty and dignity of each person, and the power of people working together to make positive change.   We believe in the United States of America, and in its power to overcome the great evils of racism, poverty and injustice.  Join us in healing the soul of this great country by spreading the message of good will, peace and understanding. Only by Standing Together will we Make America Great.

Jason D. Lee, CEO Focus: HOPE