Dear friends of FAIR,
A little over two years ago, FAIR was launched with a mission that couldn’t be more vital. We pledged to be a nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing civil rights and liberties for all Americans, and promoting a common culture based on fairness, understanding, and humanity.
Our culture is roiling with intolerance, antagonism, polarization, and enmity. So much of that comes not from our differences on any given issue, but our unwillingness or inability to communicate about those differences.
This fundamental division is grounded in a warped perspective about one another as people. We tend to believe, and are too often encouraged to believe, that those who disagree with us are not just wrong, but evil.
This perspective is all too common, and it is that perspective that FAIR is committed to changing. In our approach, we are taking inspiration from the great successful nonviolent movements of the past in advocating for a truly radical idea:
We are far more alike than we are different, and our political and ideological opponents are human beings worthy of compassion, dignity, and respect—even if their ideas or their arguments are not.
Making this point clear to others, even as we oppose them, is our challenge and our duty.
In a time of rampant hostility and polarization, being reasonable and even-handed is a revolutionary act. Our mission is to lead with courage, curiosity, and compassion, and to work against racism, exclusion, and intolerance wherever it appears.
It can be easy, as the culture war rages on, to think that this approach is milquetoast, misguided, or ineffective. But that is a mistake, and FAIR has proven it in multiple ways since its inception in March of 2021. In only three years, FAIR has:
- Attracted millions of dollars of investment.
- Developed a robust coalition of well-respected advisors, talented employees, and impactful partners.
- Brought national attention to cases of discrimination and intolerance, including FAIR v. NYC, the cancelation of Meg Smaker’s film The Unredacted (Jihad Rehab), the firing of Tabia Lee for questioning ideological orthodoxy, various other legal cases, and legal letters sent to institutions around the country.
- Developed professional networks within medicine, education, and the arts to cultivate FAIR’s pro-human values in these critical cultural areas.
- Created literature guides, K-12 learning standards, and lesson plans teaching children an honest and optimistic view of our nation’s history, as well as fostering FAIR’s values of fairness, understanding, humanity, courage, curiosity, and compassion.
- Built a grassroots movement via nationwide chapters that empower people to make local change in their communities utilizing FAIR’s values and unique approach.
- Established FAIR Diversity corporate training into major Fortune 500 companies.
- Developed resources and messaging to aid people struggling with polarization and intolerance in their own organizations.
Any and every mission comes with its share of challenges, and FAIR is no exception to that. But these accomplishments are proof not only that FAIR’s approach works, but also that it resonates.
This resonance, as well as the principles undergirding our mission, is why I have continued to commit my time and energy to FAIR since I joined as an Advisor in July of 2021 and later as Director of Messaging & Editorial.
Now, as a member of FAIR’s Board of Directors I am thrilled to announce that we are launching an official search for a new executive director who can take the helm of this organization I hold so dear to my heart, and continue to push our mission further.
We are looking for a public-facing leader and visionary who thoroughly embodies FAIR’s pro-human philosophy and approach to resolving our cultural conflicts, who can inspire more of us to join the cause of emphasizing our common humanity and our unique individuality, and who can shepherd the organization into its future as an independent 501c3 nonprofit organization beginning November 1, 2023.
To learn more about the position and requirements, visit www.fairforall.org/careers/executive-director/
If you feel that you or someone you know would be a good fit for this position, we can’t wait to hear from you.
Thank you all for joining FAIR and supporting its crucial and critical mission. I am indebted to each and every one of you for that, and I always will be.
— Angel Eduardo
Member, FAIR Board of Directors