What We Stand For

Today, almost 70 years after Brown v. Board of Education ushered in the civil rights movement, there is an urgent need to reaffirm and advance its core principles. To insist on our common humanity. To demand that we are each entitled to equality under the law. To bring about a world in which we are all judged by the content of our character and not by the color of our skin.

That’s where FAIR comes in.

We defend civil rights and liberties guaranteed to each individual, including freedom of speech and expression, equal protection under the law, and the right to personal privacy.

We advocate for individuals who are threatened or persecuted for speech, or who are held to a different set of rules for language or conduct based on their skin color, ancestry, or other immutable characteristics.​

We support respectful disagreement. We believe bad ideas are best confronted with good ideas—and never with dehumanization, deplatforming, or blacklisting.

We believe that objective truth exists, that it is discoverable, and that scientific research must be untainted by any political agenda.

We are pro-human and promote compassionate opposition to intolerance and racism rooted in dignity and our common humanity.

Fairness

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

UNDERSTANDING

“To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.”

- Frederick Douglass

HUMANITY

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.”

- Abraham Lincoln

The Pro-Human Pledge

Fairness

I seek to treat everyone equally without regard to skin color or other immutable characteristics. I believe in applying the same rules to everyone, and reject disparagement of individuals based on the circumstances of their birth.

Understanding

I am open-minded. I seek to understand opinions or behavior that I do not necessarily agree with. I pursue the objective truth through honest inquiry. I am tolerant and consider points of view that are in conflict with my convictions.

Humanity

I recognize that every person has a unique identity, that our shared humanity is precious, and that it is up to all of us to defend and protect the civic culture that unites us.

FAIR's Principles of Peaceful Change

Based on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s
Principles of Nonviolence

Exercise Moral Courage

Telling the truth is a way of life for courageous people. Peaceful change cannot happen without a commitment to the truth.

Build Bridges

We seek to win friendship and gain understanding. The result of our movement is redemption and reconciliation.

Defeat Injustice

We recognize that those who are intolerant and seek to oppress others are also human, and are not evil people. We seek to defeat evil, not people.

Don’t Take the Bait

Suffering can educate and transform. We will not retaliate when attacked, physically or otherwise. We will meet hate and anger with compassion and kindness.

Choose Love, Not Hate

We seek to resolve conflict through dialogue, not violence. We believe in the power of love.

Trust in Justice

We trust that the universe is on the side of justice. The pro-human approach is based on deep faith that justice will eventually win.

Executive Director

Monica Harris

Monica Harris received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, where she served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. She spent more than a decade as a business and legal affairs executive at Walt Disney Television, NBCUniversal Media, and Viacom Media Networks. In 2011, Harris abandoned corporate life and moved with her family to Montana. She currently operates her own firm in Big Sky, where she services entertainment clients remotely.  Monica is a TEDx speaker, author, and blogger who advocates for balanced, common sense solutions to systemic problems based on our shared values and goals. Her new book, The Illusion of Division, is available on Amazon.
 

Board of Directors

Board of Advisors

FAIR Founder, Entrepreneur
Computer Scientist
Musician, Author, Actor, Lecturer

Lisa Selin Davis

Author, Journalist
Philosopher, Constitutional Scholar
Social Psychologist, Author
Author, Professor of Islamic Studies
Author, Writer, Speaker, Youth Mentor

Stephen
Hawkins

Researcher,
Speaker
Journalist
Editor, Podcast Host, Author
Historian, Journalist, Author
Author, Psychologist, Professor
Professor, Author
Professor, Author
Author, Journalist
Lawyer, Professor, Author, Civil Liberties Commentator
Author, Writer, Editor, Commentator
Writer, Entrepreneur, Cultural Critic
Writer, Mediator, Thought-leader