Statement of Values

WE BELIEVE that people of high character, integrity and intellect must be at the table of ideas, resolving the complex problems facing our communities, our country and our world.

WE BELIEVE that people of good will, regardless of race, sex, religion, national origin, or party affiliation, can indeed come together as one to solve the great concerns of our day.

WE BELIEVE that we are called, as those who stand on the shoulders of our forefathers, to leave a legacy to those who follow us in this quest for liberty and freedom. We further believe that many Americans are ready to set aside labels of Republicans, Democrats and Independents, liberals, conservatives and libertarians to instead be labeled solutionists dedicated to developing real answers to real problems.

WE DO NOT BELIEVE in questioning ethnicity or intent, stifling dialogue or debate, or feeling helpless in the face of significant issues. We look to struggles of the Civil Rights Movement to know that good people working arm in arm can not only go to the mountain, but that together they can move it.

THEREFORE, WE ARE RESOLVED in our commitment to provide an intellectually safe environment where ideas can be discussed and transformed into practical solutions that produce results, to provide a peaceful place to restore and refresh leaders, and to train and nurture emerging leaders.

WE RECOMMIT OURSELVES to the challenge issued by the Rev. Martin Luther King in 1968 in Memphis:

“Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation.”