Dear Members of the ASC,
The recent violent events in our country against the backdrop of the onslaught of a deadly virus have created an era of considerable uncertainty and anguish. I do not doubt that your heartfelt feelings are with the victims of discrimination and unjustified violence. In the name of these men and women and countless more, thousands of Americans have taken to the streets — to express a rage born of despair.
I believe that I will speak for the majority of our ASC members to express concern regarding a substantial commitment to our democracy. I would like you to join me in the belief that America can choose a better self.
“In the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard,” Dr. King said. “As long as America postpones justice, we stand in the position of having these recurrences of violence and riots over and over again.”
Although the ASC has no political affiliation or motive, it is a society of people and often through our work connected to human interest. With 100 years solidly behind us, I can only encourage you to cherish the “Loyalty” that we stand for and work towards a fairer society providing the most fundamental protections in the Constitution; “the right to life, and to not be deprived of that life without due process of law.”
Let us all start to work on the future.
Kees van Oostrum, ASC