The Indivisible Pledge Initiative!
Dear Conscientious Business Owners or Operators / Conscientious Consumers:
My name is Hanna Raithel, and I am an independent political activist based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I am concerned about certain current threads of dialogue in our country, that normalize splitting us up into groups based on immutable characteristics such as our gender, race, ethnicity, disability, national origin, religion, and sexual orientation. I am concerned because it seems to me that – based on one or more of these characteristics –groups of us are being singled out as suspicious, untrustworthy, or immoral. This effort goes against my values and my appreciation of a diverse population. I am a big supporter of an inclusive society, in which we respect that we are all human and all equal. I believe that we should celebrate diversity rather than condemn it.
Because of my strong belief in the positive effects of a diverse society, I would like to support businesses that support diversity and inclusiveness.
To make it easier for myself, and others, to support these businesses, I have created a pledge with a logo (see attachment), which I call the Indivisible Pledge, that businesses can sign and display to show their support for diversity and inclusiveness. Businesses that sign the Indivisible Pledge agree to post it in their windows. This way, customers will be able to easily recognize them as allies to a diverse society, in which the civil and human rights of all people are respected and discrimination is disavowed.
I have created a website with a list of businesses that have signed the Indivisible Pledge, that is searchable by geographic location, so that people can easily find out which businesses have taken the pledge (indivisiblepledge.org). Also, on the website, users can contact me, if they feel that a business has violated the Indivisible Pledge. Should I get a complaint, the complaint will be evaluated – and input will be sought from the business in question – to determine whether the business will remain on the list.
Conscientious Business Owner or Operator, I hope that you will support this effort by signing and displaying the Indivisible Pledge. In order to be listed as a participating business, please email me and I will provide you with a laminated copy of the Indivisible Pledge. Then, email me a picture of the completed Indivisible Pledge, posted in your businesses’ window. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I will then add you to the list. For more information on the Indivisible Pledge, please visit the website or Facebook page below, or email me at email@example.com. Please note, if your business chooses to participate in the Indivisible Pledge Initiative, and then later removes the pledge from its business window without notifying me, it will be permanently barred from being re-added to the list.
Conscientious consumers, I hope you will seek out the businesses that have signed and displayed the Indivisible Pledge. I hope you will ask businesses that have not signed the pledge why they have not. I hope you will encourage businesses to contact me about the pledge. This is your chance to make the power of your purse heard and to let your money speak in support of an inclusive society and against hatred, intimidation, oppression, and violence. If you want to get involved in this project, send me a message!
Please like the Indivisible Pledge page on Facebook (facebook.com/indivisiblepledge) to receive updates on the current list of Indivisible Pledge participating businesses.
The Pins and Pie Initiative!
Please note, the Pins and Pie Initiative is also still active!
We make safety pins with messages of love, diversity, and inclusion while we converse and eat pie. We then distribute them in our communities for free, in person and through local businesses. To volunteer for the Pins and Pie Initiative, or to host a Pins and Pie Party, please contact me. Learn more about the Pins and Pie Initiative here: http://www.hannaraithel.com/single-post/2017/01/18/Safety-Pin---The-Message-of-Unity-Inclusion-and-Mutual-Respect.