Declaration of Inclusion



In order to become a more perfect union, the United States must constantly strive to be an inclusive democracy that treats all people fairly and fully embraces the unique contributions of its diverse residents.

Yet, there are some who—because of beliefs rooted in fear, ignorance, prejudice, and hate—would effectively shut the door on economic opportunity, legal protection, and democratic freedoms for those whom they consider different.

We must restrain these regressive forces if America is to reach its fullest potential.

Towards this goal, we the people of the United States of America of every race, color, creed, class, and gender, commit ourselves to advancing an Inclusion Revolution® that centers the value of diversity and inclusion in our democracy and reinforces it through the economic, political, policy, cultural, and social systems that shape our nation.

In order to achieve this vision, our country’s leaders must also commit—in word and deed—to promoting enlightened understanding that our nation’s diversity is our promise, not our problem, and the basis of our democracy’s strength and prosperity.

Accordingly, we call on the 2016 U.S. presidential contenders and other candidates for public office to pledge support for this Declaration of Inclusion, which demonstrates their commitment to advancing a fair and inclusive society through policies, programs, and practices that:
  • Affirm our democratic principles by encouraging voter participation and rejecting voter suppression and disenfranchisement.
  • Promote diverse and inclusive schools, organizations, communities, towns, and cities.
  • Champion job, business, and ownership opportunities that close income and wealth disparities.
  • Strengthen access to quality public education and affordable post-secondary training options.
  • Support a culture of health by advancing equitable, health-promoting options for all people and communities.
  • Stand for equal justice under the law through police, prison, and legal reforms that guard civil liberties and protect human rights.
  • Foster cross-cultural understanding through education and collaboration and by avoiding divisiveness.
Americans of all backgrounds deserve to live in a country where they are secure in their constitutional right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. They also deserve to have leaders who truly believe that these fundamental rights are universal.

A candidate worthy of holding public office in the United States of America should also be willing to demonstrate his or her commitment to fairly representing all people by endorsing this declaration.



Question Title

* 1. Please type your name, title, and institutional affiliation or profession in the manner in which you would like for it to appear on the letter.

Maya Rockeymoore, President & CEO
Center for Global Policy Solutions

James Firman
President and CEO
National Council on Aging

Andrew Kassoy, Co-founder
B Lab

Terry I. Lierman, Partner and Founder
Summit Global Ventures

Robert "Bob" Wise
Former Governor
West Virginia

Hugh B. Price
Former President
National Urban League

Carroll L. Estes, Founding Director
Institute for Health and Aging
University of California San Francisco

Rashad Robinson, Executive Director

Thomas Shapiro
Director, Institute on Assets and Social Policy
Pokross Professor of Law and Social Policy
The Heller School for Social Policy
Brandeis University

The Honorable Elijah Cummings
Member of Congress

Gary Orfield
Distinguished Research Professor

John H. Jackson, President & CEO
Schott Foundation for Public Education

Spencer Overton
Joint Center for Political & Economic Studies

Avis Jones DeWeever, President
Exceptional Leadership Institute for Women

Deepak Bhargava, Executive Director
Center for Community Change

Kevin Powell, Author & Activist
Author of The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy's Journey Into Manhood

Bakari Kitwana, Executive Director
Rap Sessions

Robert “Bob” Borosage, Founder & President
Institute for America’s Future
Rev. Lennox Yearwood, President
Hip Hop Caucus

Joshua DuBois, Founder and CEO
Values Partnerships
Mellody Hobson, President
Ariel Investments LLC
Jay Coen Gilbert, Co-founder
B Lab

Wes Moore, Founder and CEO

Lawrence Mishel, President
Economic Policy Institute

Robert Raben, President
The Raben Group

Manuel Pastor, Director
USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration
Professor, Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity
University of Southern California

john a. powell, Director
Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society
Professor, Law and African American & Ethnic Studies
University of California Berkeley 

Heather McGhee, President

Julianne Malveaux, President and CEO
Economic Education

Melinda Emerson, President
Quintessence Group

David Hall, President
University of the Virgin Islands

Barbara Penzer, Rabbi
Temple Hillel B’nai Torah

Heather Booth, Organizer

The Honorable Barbara Lee, Member
U.S. Congress

B. Smith & Dan Gasby, Principals
B. Smith Enterprises

James Lewis, Former Issue Advocacy Director
Young Democrats of America

Aldrica Lattimore, President
National Association of Minority Companies, Inc.

Michael Anderson, Publisher
DyNAMC Leaders for a Changing World Magazine

Shannon LaNier
Author & TV Show Host

Tim Silard, President
Rosenberg Foundation

Wilma (Amina) Scott, Director
Law enforcement

Lori Villarosa, Executive Director
Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity

Richard E. Fredericks, President
Maritime Solutions, Inc.

Chris Messinger, Executive Director
Boston Mobilization

Jack Markell, Governor
State of Delaware

Russell Simmons, CEO
RUSH Communications

Michael Skolnik, President
Global Grind

Joe Jones, President & CEO
Center for Urban Families

Kweisi Mfume, Board Chair
Morgan State University
Former Member of Congress

Katherine S. Villers, President and Founder
Community Catalyst

A. Shuanise Washington, President and CEO
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.
Stosh Cotler, Chief Executive Officer
Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice

Sam Chaltain, Partner
Wonder by Design

Alexis McGill Johnson, Executive Director
Perception Institute

James H. Carr
Coleman A. Young Endowed Chair and Professor
Wayne State University

Glenn Harris, President
Center for Social Inclusion

Angela Glover Blackwell, President and CEO

Mariko Chang, Author
Why Women Have Less Wealth and What Can Be Done About It
President, Mariko Chang Consulting, Inc.

Darrick Hamilton, Associate Professor of Economics and Policy
The New School
Director, PhD Program in Policy

Katherine Giscombe, Vice President

William Darity, Jr.
Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy
Duke University

Gena McClendon, Project Director
Center for Social Development
Washington University in St. Louis

Makani Themba, Principal Strategist
Higher Ground Change Strategies

Orson Aguilar, President
The Greenlining Institute

Yunju Nam, Associate Professor
State University of New York at Buffalo

Allyn Maxfield-Steele, Educator & Pastor
Scarritt Bennett Center & Central Christian Church

Meizhu Lui, Board Member
Highlander Center

Patrick McCarthy, President/CEO
Annie E. Casey Foundation

Roberto Barragan, President & CEO

Nancy Altman, President
Social Security Works

Terry O’Neill, President
National Organization for Women

Rene Bryce-Laporte, Principal
Bryce-Laporte Information and Consulting

Karen Landry, Executive Director
War on Poverty-Florida

Andrea Miller, Executive Director
People Demanding Action

Stephen Shaff, Founder
Community-Vision Partners

Lisa Hasegawa, Executive Director
National Coalition for Asian Pacific
American Community Development

Gabriela Sandoval, Director of Research
Insight Center for Community Economic Development

Jimmy LaSalvia
Author of No Hope

Sean McCann
Former State Representative
State of Michigan

Kevin Sharpley, President
Kijik Multimedia

Pam McMichael, Executive Director
Highlander Research and Education Center

Elsie Scott, Director
Ronald Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center
Howard University

Aracely Panameño
Latino Affairs Director
Center for Responsible Lending

Theresa Loar, Councilmember
Kansas City, Mo

Kay Barnes, Former Mayor
Kansas City, Mo

William J. Bynum, CEO
Hope Enterprise Corporation

Chip Johnson, Mayor
City of Hernando