America’s Path Forward is an initiative to solicit and bring forward questions that the public feels our nation must address. This process cuts through the noise of opinion makers, media, and political parties. It directly promotes the public’s voice about the questions they believe are the most central for this country. Our goal is to amplify and combine that public voice as a means to heal our present, honor the roots of our past, and choose our future.
We are in the midst of a global pandemic. The daily routine of people across the world have been fundamentally altered. In the U.S., tens of thousands of people have lost their jobs, 40 million people are confined to their homes, and the number of people infected with coronavirus keep increasing. Every day more and more people die.
We know this will end, but we do not know how or when. What we do know is that, to recover we will need to work TOGETHER. While many people have demonstrated a great compassion for others, we need to realize this fractured nature of public discourse in the U.S. at the beginning of 2020. Many feel that we are on the edge of being ripped asunder as a divided nation faces issues of real consequence: the painful legacy of racial injustice; increasing social and economic disparities; a woman’s struggle to live and work free from sexual assault or intimidation; the negative impact of immigration on families and our nation; limited space for all sexual orientations and gender identities; and the growing separation between urban and rural lives - to name just a few. These fractures are showing up in alarming ways – from large portion of our population who are convinced that differences in core values and political ideology make us “enemies”, to embattled politicians whose inability to work together and hold the most basic government functions hostage, to actual violence erupting between groups on opposite sides of these divides.
Yet as painful as these fractures feel, they will not be the primary challenge facing the U.S. as we recover from COVID-19. Our primary challenge will be reminding each other that it is possible for our complex population to lean into and work through these fractures TOGETHER. The roots of democracy run deep in our nation. The United States Constitution, despite its contextual challenges, continues to offer us a vision and a set of principles that bind us together for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The challenge before all Americans, then, is to come together in a peaceful struggle to develop a sense of shared vision to carry us into a stronger future for each of us individually and for our nation as a whole.
America’s Path Forward has set out to provide the public with a means to build the trust and understand the needs to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic in a manner that maintains the dignity and well-being of everyone.
America’s Path Forward is actively reaching out to partners that need to build, expand, and sustain a flexible and nimble network to carry out these efforts. Partners will help build the network development, acquisition, and facilitate community dialogues/engagements needed to amplify and project the American public’s voice. This movement is designed to co-exist with and add value to projects that are considering or already building networks. A wide range of community partners will allow America’s Path Forward to connect with people all over the world in as wide and deep a manner as possible.
The time is now, the need is great. Your ideas and support