Today, our version of the seemingly impossible task of landing on the Moon is finally dealing with slavery and racial injustice as an indelible part of American history and identity. Now is the time to come to terms with the inequities our fellow Americans have suffered and finally make it right. This is for the health and well-being of our nation and all of its citizens.
Our Moonshot will reframe and restructure the dynamic around race and social justice in America by bringing together businesses, foundations, Artists and political leaders in a way that has never been done before. Our goal is to identify and eradicate racial injustice, reduce inequality among all Americans and focus on the empowerment of women and girls of color in a way that has never been done before on this scale.
A$AP Rocky Renisha McBride
Adam Levine Jamar Clark
Alicia Keys Sandra Bland
Beyoncé Philando Castile
Bono Charleston 9
Chance the Rapper Freddie Gray
Chris Rock Ramarley Graham
Common Mario Woods
Jada Pinkett Smith India M Beaty
Janelle Monae Gregg Gunn
Jennifer Hudson John Crawford III
Kevin Hart Renisha McBride
Lenny Kravitz Sean Bell
Maxwell All Black People
Pharrell Williams Trayvon Martin
P!nk Eric Garner
Queen Latifah Laquan McDonald
Rihanna All Black People
Rosario Dawson Tamir Rice
Swizz Beatz Walter L Scott
Talib Kweli Oscar Grant III
Taraji P Henson Alton Sterling
Tracee Ellis Ross Amadou Diallo
Van Jones Rekia Boyd
Zoë Kravitz Akai Gurley
“These are extraordinary times… And we face an extraordinary challenge. Our strength as well as our convictions have imposed upon this nation the role of leader in freedom’s cause.”
That was President Kennedy speaking about the Space Race in 1961. In this historic State of the Union address, Kennedy announced that the United States would land on the moon and he discussed how important it is we do things that are hard:
“We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills.”
Today, our moonshot is finally dealing with our history and persisting issues of racial injustice. As we enter the homestretch of Obama’s presidency, now is the time to come to terms with the inequities our fellow Americans have suffered throughout our history and make it right. We want a radical transformation in racial justice and equality, to heal the wounds of a long national history of systemic racism.
The way to ameliorate the costs of making things right are directly equal to the cost of the Apollo Moon Landing. $150 billion directed at poor communities over the next 10 years, will provide access to equal education, healthcare, quality housing, training and jobs, nutrition and an overhaul of the Criminal Justice System.