Global youth activists from around the world, including the Middle East, Europe, and ethnic and religious partners from throughout the US, join together during the ACCESS 20/20 Weekend for a unique conversation about strengthening civil societies in a time of intense polarization. This track focuses on the troubling rise in “uncivil” political discourse. At the conclusion of the conference, participants sign a "civility pledge" to bolster joint action moving forward.
I am committed to creating, growing and sustaining multicultural societies, and cross-cultural personal relationships, that celebrate dialogue and a plurality of perspectives;
I believe in the importance of sustained and resilient engagement, including through strong and passionate debate, about issues that matter to us as members of local, national and global communities; such debate must take place in an atmosphere of mutual respect;
I challenge myself and my interlocutors to distinguish words that are used to share and express ideas, regardless of their popularity, from those that prevent dialogue and incite hatred or violence;
I affirm my commitment to stand against stereotyping and discrimination when it targets other groups and people as I would if my own community were targeted;
I pledge to uphold these principles within my own life in order to lead by example and to promote them through the organizations with which I work, and I will encourage others to do so as well.
SIGNATORIES’ names will be listed shortly; affiliations will be noted for identification purposes only.