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Our Commitment is to Justice

OATS and Senior Planet are based on the idea that justice and decency can be advanced through collective action. We stand against the violence that our country has historically and presently tolerated against the Black community and we stand in support of those who are fighting for change. 

For many years, we have maintained that our work is about more than simply helping older adults learn and use technology. It’s about education, service, health, engagement—but at its essence, our commitment is to justice, the idea that every human being has equal claim to dignity and fair treatment and security.

As activists, we are acutely aware that our nation is falling short of its promise. The recent episodes of brutality and murder against Black individuals—George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and countless others—are intolerable and represent simply the latest chapter in a centuries-old history of racial violence and oppression. 

We stand with those who demand change. Progress toward racial justice and human rights for the Black community is progress for all of us. OATS and Senior Planet are committed to serving as a haven for those who are threatened by violence or injustice, and we are fighting to change institutions and practices that harm vulnerable and marginalized populations.  

COMMENTS

11 responses to “Our Commitment is to Justice

  1. Thank you Senior Planet for speaking up it is certainly needed. Can you believe that in this 21st Century they were unable to pass a Bill against Lynching? This happened about a week and a half ago in our U S Senate. I grew up in a small town in Tennessee during Segregation (yes I saw the “colored” signs along with many more and attended separate schools where my parents had to purchase my books “used” that the White students had used ( theirs were free) but my parents had to pay for the used ones, they were not cheap. My father working fifty hours per week for less than fifty dollars per week. It’s so difficult to look at some of the same situations today with little/no change. You go shopping and are followed throughout the store, etc. Yes, that happens here in Denver, Colorado, not to me but to several
    people I know.
    Again, thank you for speaking out because we desperately need some constructive Changes. I grew up in a small Tennessee Town North of Memphis, after over eighty years, not many changes have taken place, not enough space to list them. I believe in the worth of Every Human being and that we all have Civil Rights, not to be treated like an animal.
    Thank you for allowing me to vent. Please keep up these great discussions and classes. Senior Planet is great!!

    1. Hi Wayne,

      We have formed an internal working group that is focusing on finalizing the next steps for our commitment to justice. We will be updating our community once those plans are finalized.

      Thank you!

  2. Thanks. Blacks fundamental right to life continued to be denied. The March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom in 1963 addressed the economic reality deterring Blacks from exercising their fundamental rights for liberty & the pursuit of life. This this more widely expressed understanding that Blacks are deprived of their right to life when murdered by policemen furthers the principles on which America was established. No life should be taken without due process.

  3. As a child my mother took me to the 1963 March On Washington. I wrote letters to Senator Javits & Senator Keating, asking them to vote for the Civil Rights Act. Now as a former NYC teacher & retired NYPD Sergeant, I know that unless the non black & brown Americans see blacks as human beings “nothing will change”.

    1. Sorry Sally, That is really your loss as Senior Planet is a wonderful, inclusive organization that helps a LOT of people. Maybe your heart will grow a few sizes to appreciate ALL of God’s children, then you can seek forgiveness and be redeemed. God bless and keep you.

    2. Sally, I appreciate your comment. I too will be cancelling my membership since I did not realize that I was joining an activist organization which recognizes only one viewpoint as valid. Inclusivity has to recognize a difference of opinions.

      1. Thanks for writing in, Suanne and Sally. We hear your concerns and appreciate both of you taking the time to express your voices.

        Senior Planet is a project of the nonprofit Older Adults Technology Services (OATS), and social advocacy has always been at the heart of what OATS does. You can read more about OATS advocacy here (https://oats.org/advocacy/). We speak out about many issues that impact older adults, including ageism, workforce discrimination, transit issues, and more. We also empower older adults to advocate for the issues that matter to them. We specifically offer a course called ACTivate that teaches digital tools for civic engagement, and its participants have had respectful, meaningful conversations even when they disagree politically. People at Senior Planet come from all over the political spectrum, and we’re proud of that! Difference of opinion is welcome here.

        We are not a political advocacy group; we expressly do not endorse any political candidates or parties. Protecting the human rights of Black people is something that Americans across the political spectrum have fought for.

        You’ll find that Senior Planet is a politically diverse group, united by our desire to improve the lives of older adults everywhere. We hope to see you both at a Senior Planet program soon!

  4. Hello all. These are challenging times. I challenge you, your friends and your community to keep alive the race and racism conversation ( badly needed) by establishing a Truth and Reconciliation Commission on all levels of government: local, state and national. Write a barrage of letters/ emails/ Tweets/ calls/ Facebook/ demonstrations/ vigils/ signs. Bear witness but press for peace through T&R!
    Make your mark in history. Be unrelenting. Thank you.

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