As we prepare to celebrate the noble achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the dedication of the monument honoring him this week in our nation’s capital, our economy is in the midst of imploding because of political bickering in Washington DC. These actions are punishing middle and working-class families and potentially depriving them of being full participants in the American Dream. Not since the Great Depression has our society been at such a dangerously pivotal point. Undoubtedly to continue down the path we are on, will cascade into further human tragedies, as well as potentially undermine civil discourse in our democracy.
Some forty-three years after the assassination of Dr. King, segments of America’s urban and rural communities are still mired in economic inequalities. The country’s unemployment rate remains high at 9.1 percent and in communities of color the unemployment rate stands at 20% or more, which is utterly unacceptable. In an opinion editorial in the Huffington Post in April 2010, we coined the phrase “THE JET AGENDA” (Jobs, Education & Technology), which called upon Congress to come back from their 2010 spring recess fired up and ready to focus on getting Americans working again.
Our appeal was based on the simple reality that as America transforms itself into a digital-based economy, the unemployment and income gap would widen for the 24 million unemployed and/or underemployed Americans, who were out of work at that time because of the lack of federally sponsored job creation programs to retrain the unemployed for jobs that required digital literacy skills. Needless to say, our appeal fell on deaf ears because here we are sixteen months later in August 2011, and our economy is tipping ever so closer to an economic disaster.
Please view The ADE Story via www.adeql.org which provides a snapshot of our efforts to use the technology of today to build an even better society tomorrow as Dr. King so eloquently envisioned on the steps of The Lincoln Monument some forty nine years ago. Help us bridge the economic gap and be a part of the crusade. Join us as we continue to “Empower Communities Across the Digital Divide”.
Julius Hollis ADE Founder & Chairman