While embarking on my passion project #NoWorkerLeftBehind to help create a global think-tank and a progressive community organization that is driving equitable economic growth and workforce development, we were inspired by visionaries like Martin Luther King Jr. While thinking of Dr. King and his legacy, our team reflected on how today is an important day for the foundation that #NoWorkerLeftBehind stands on. My team suggested penning some thoughts on what this day means to our young organization with big dreams.
No Worker Left Behind (NWLB) organization shares Dr. King’s guiding principles of Equity, Justice, and Inclusion, and they shape our vision to keep workers gainfully employed and accelerate economic advancement of the diverse low and mid-wage earners by leveraging scalable technology. His powerful words below motivate us for the work in front of us to achieve our dreams.
1.Equity – “I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits.”
NWLB believes that real economic progress happens when everyone has an equal opportunity to achieve their maximum potential. Inequity and lack of opportunity create artificial disparities, uneven growth, and social unrest. We are working towards creating opportunities for the underprivileged to reduce global inequity.
2.Justice – “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
We win together when there is justice for all. Justice and fairness are the cornerstones of democracy and society. And courage is pivotal to ensure we can continue to build justice in our communities for current and futuristic challenges. NWLB wants to change the hearts and minds of our members and supporters as we build leaders for the future who will strengthen equitable justice in society.
3.Inclusion – “If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.”
Humans have created various silos to simplify our lives. But real progress happens when we raise our heads above these boundaries and get a global perspective to solve the most challenging world problems. Inclusion is not just important but crucial to the vision of NWLB in helping build the future of work that is sustainable and equitable.
We thank Dr. King for taking on the DREAM of an equitable workforce because only when we dream and believe, can we make it a reality. His inspiring phrases deepen our strength to support our communities in a meaningful way. I am thankful for everyone who has been embarking on this journey to lend their hours and passion to help create a future that is just, equitable, and a reality that we all dream of.
To learn about #NoWorkerLeftBehind, join us at https://noworkerleftbehind.org.