Sunday's platform talk is "What Being an American Means to Me" and the story is Apple Pie 4th of July by Janet Wong. Both seek to illustrate the different perspectives and experiences of different Americans. This topic is especially timely, because this past weekend in Loudoun County, the KKK distributed literature to homes for the 2nd time this year. A local grassroots campaign was conceived to help fight back against these expressions of hate and bigotry in our communities. The premise is to display a bright orange ribbon on your mailbox,door or lapel to show solidarity.
Sunday, we will provide all the supplies for a NOVES ribbon cutting party after platform! Come to the table and make one for yourself, your friends, your family and your neighbors. Better yet, get inspired to host a ribbon cutting party in your own neighborhood!
From the Love Your Neighbor Facebook page: In response to recent messages of hate and bigotry in our community, we display an orange ribbon, a sign of love and unity. By its very nature, our message welcomes all political parties, religions and races. The focus of our message is on our neighbors who feel threatened and to communicate to them that they are not alone. We, as a community, stand with them. Our hope is that they take comfort in seeing the orange ribbons and knowing that they are not alone.
To help spread awareness, please tie an orange ribbon on your front door or mailbox and/or wear an orange ribbon on your lapel.
As a grass-roots movement, we encourage all of our neighbors to take up the cause, share and distribute ribbon, and engage in conversations with neighbors and friends. Silence is consent.