We are at a pivotal time in the evolution of our society. The country has stood up after the death of George Floyd and said enough.
Enough with bigotry, inequality and racism that has targeted our communities for far too long.
Our legacy was forged in the fires of protest and advocacy. Our founder, the late Dr. Antonia Pantoja, dedicated her entire life to speaking out on behalf of the voiceless...the powerless...and the underserved individuals who were not afforded the means and opportunities to have the basic levels of humanity, respect and dignity.
For those that feel disconnected to the issues being addressed today, please know that they affect all of us. Progress in battling any and all oppression, locally, domestically and internationally, is dependent on the combined forces within our communities, and with those who may not be immediately part of our communities. Nevertheless, the time for action is now and the time for silence has ended. BLACK LIVES MATTER!
Like Dr. Pantoja, ASPIRA Inc. of New Jersey understands that our youth have the power to create catalytic change, and through our consistent investments in education and other youth development programming and resources, we will continue our mission to develop, empower and create future leaders who will guide us into the dawn of a new era of inclusion and equality.
Carlos Valentin, Jr.