The Rainbow Report – The Crucible of Democracy: A Call to Unity for the Marginalized 🌈

“Nobody’s free until everybody’s free.” – Fannie Lou Hamer

In the grand narrative of the United States, the call for freedom has reverberated from its inception. Our founding principles are rooted in the yearning for liberation from the shackles of oppressive powers, to bask in the possibilities that unfettered freedom allows. This nation was conceived as a resounding retort to toxic power structures, offering an emblem of hope for those who dared to dream of a world unburdened by systemic inequities.

However, it would be disingenuous to turn a blind eye to the myriad instances throughout our history when we, as a nation, have failed to fulfill these high-minded ideals. The struggles against racial injustice, gender inequity, religious persecution, and, most poignantly for our discussion here, discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community underscore the painful process of our collective growth.

These struggles illuminate an undeniable truth: democracy is a delicate and fragile construct. Its survival rests not merely on the actions of a few in positions of power but on the unified voice of the many—the so-called moral majority. This coalition is not a homogenous entity; it consists of those who exist on the societal periphery, the marginalized, who collectively form America’s vibrant, diverse tapestry.

As we witness an unsettling surge of oppressive legislation being introduced nationwide, we are reminded of the urgency to create a collective front against such actions. It is paramount that we comprehend the true import of the situation: the erosion of our freedoms is not merely an attack on a select group but an attack on the very fabric of our democratic existence.

In this dire landscape, the courts—historically, our bastions of justice and fairness—now seem to veer toward discrimination and exclusion, illustrating an unsettling shift from their role as protectors to perpetrators. This sinister turn of events is eerily reminiscent of the very tyranny our founding fathers fought against. Indeed, such situations are a prelude to dictatorship, so we must take a stand.

Our fight isn’t partisan—it transcends party lines. Our struggle is against tyranny, and our goal is to uphold the principles of freedom, justice, and equity. Our most powerful weapon in this battle is our united voice and collective action.

Safe Schools endorse the “We The People” National March. This is a rallying cry to all who value the treasured freedoms our country stands for and a clarion call to safeguard our liberties from these brazen attacks. We stand against this encroaching abuse of power that looms over people of color, immigrants, women, the LGBTQ+ community, Jewish people, and more.

The time to act is now. On Sunday, July 2nd, starting at 9:00 am, the We The People Coalition will take to the streets of Ft. Lauderdale, beginning at Esplanade Park. (400 Southwest 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312) Our message is clear and unmistakable: We are weary but unyielding.

Our country, this great democratic experiment, was founded on the ethos of unity in diversity—E Pluribus Unum—”out of many, one.” As we strive towards this “more perfect union,” let us recall the vision of those who dared to dream of an America where all are free and equal. And, fortified by this vision, let us march on, united in our determination, hopeful for a future where the American dream isn’t merely a myth but a reality for all.

Join us as we rekindle the belief in our shared dream, stand against oppression, and champion the cause of freedom. Because the true power of America lies in us—We, The People.

Harold Marrero
Chief Operating Officer

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