Our nation is on fire.
In 2020, we are still fighting against police brutality, racism and apathy of other human beings’ reality. I wanted to write out this message to all of you to encourage us to be the positive change that we want to see in the world. We all have a responsibility and a duty to each other to ensure this world is a kind, fair, safe and just place. We aren’t always going to agree 100% of the time on views, beliefs, or politics but racism, bigotry and inhumanity are social and systematic problems here in America that we can no longer ignore.
In the year 2020 people should not be discriminated against, profiled or killed based on the color of their skin. Or due to racially charged motives. A man, a women, a boy or girl should be judged and treated by their character, their actions and the deeds of their heart.
To my young black brothers, we are not victims. To my young white brothers, you are not oppressors. We must not be the negative labels the media and some of society tries to label us as.
As an APD family, we must all be open to positive change, we must understand that what makes us different in pigment doesn’t make us more or less than in life. As a family that’s together for common goals, we must stand up for what’s right and stand against what’s wrong. It takes courage to change, it takes courage to speak up, it takes courage to be that voice of righteousness but I believe all of us has the courage to stand up against this ugly reality.
So my call of action to the APD Foundation family, is to lead with love, to be open to understanding other people’s hardships and reality, and lastly speak up for what’s right even if it isn’t popular at the moment. To come out victoriously dealing with the problems of police brutality, racism and injustices we must not stand in silence or be complicit. We’re either going to be apart of the problem or apart of the solution. We must choose correctly.
Thank you for your time and support.
Austin P. Duke , Dave Anciso, John Tuomala, and Allen Caldwell
As a family, APD has committed to donate $1000 to stand up against racial injustice, police brutality, racism in America and to the Black Lives Matter movement.
We pride ourselves on leading young men of all races, ethnic backgrounds, and ages. We feel it's our responsibility and duty to pour into causes that will help make the world a better place for all of young men, especially our young men of color for this particular issue.
We are proud to announce that we have donated $1000 between The Black Lives Matter Movement, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Equal Justice Initiative and Bail Funds For Protesters.