FAIR, dedicated to supporting civil rights and liberties, opens chapter in Rome. A Q & A with Jennifer Thompson who’s leading the local office.

FAIR, dedicated to supporting civil rights and liberties, opens chapter in Rome. A Q & A with Jennifer Thompson who’s leading the local office.

The Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism (FAIR) describes itself as a” nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing civil rights and liberties for all, and promoting a common culture based on fairness, understanding and humanity. FAIR stands for pro-human values and compassionate opposition to intolerance and racism.” FAIR has established a Rome chapter, led by Jennifer Thompson. It is the second community-based chapter in the state (Atlanta was first).We asked her these questions this week:

Questions: What factors led to the decision to open a FAIR chapter in Rome? What specific cases or incidents?

Answers: 

  • In 2014, members of the National Socialist movement held a rally in front of the courthouse in downtown Rome. Many concerned citizens showed up that day in peaceful protest of that event, proving that Floyd County citizens are against racism and bigotry. 
  • The neo-Nazi terror cell, The Base, arrests have recently shown that racism and bigotry do exist in Northwest Georgia and our youth are suceptible to these groups during their teenage years when they are looking for a place to belong. 
  • More recently is the youth protest at Coosa High School in regards to the unequal treatment of freedom of speech (confederate flag versus Black Lives Matter). This protest was a direct communication to the community that students need help with these sensitive subjects.
  • Most importantly is the division occurring throughout our nation. Our children are watching and listening to what is going on in our nation and they are absorbing the information that comes their way. With the right tools (see below), we can help guide them toward unity and an appreciation for uniqueness in others.

Q: By opening a chapter, what can residents expect? Will their be a brick-and-mortar office?

Answers: FAIR is a grassroots organization led by volunteers who form chapters in communities throughout the nation. We do not have plans to have a brick-and-mortar office and hope to utilize community space for any events. The goal of each chapter is to educate the community about our common humanity approach to racism and bigotry. FAIR offers many free resources to communities such as (these are just a few):

  • Fairstory Curriculum: History and social studies lesson plans available to public/private schools that focus on shared humanity, understanding, and diversity. This curriculum is in line with state standards.
  • FAIRdiversity: A pro-human and science-based Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training for adults that facilitates positive experiences and group cohesion (Intergroup Contact Theory, seems very similar to One Community United’s foundation).
  • FAIR High School Clubs: Student-led (with a faculty advisor) clubs aimed at teaching critical-thinking skills, as well as how to respectfully disagree with constructive dialogue.

Q: In addition to yourself, are there others working full- or part-time in Rome/Floyd County on behalf of FAIR?

Answers: FAIR is volunteer-led with a small staff located virtually throughout the U.S. My family moved here in December from Charlotte and I just happen to be employed by FAIR, as well as have a desire to serve the community (youth are my passion). My goal is to find other like-minded Floyd County citizens to help promote FAIR’s pro-human mission.

FAIR offers many virtual webinars and trainings throughout the year on topics such as Parental Rights in K-12 SchoolsGender Ideology: Problems and Pro-human SolutionsProtecting Student’s Mental Health in a Divisive World, and many more that can be found on our Youtube channelIn addition, FAIR chapters hold monthly meetings which are a safe place for community members to discuss divisive ideology and its effect on our lives as well as be empowered to promote positive change in the community.

Q: What social media or other specific avenues can people follow for more details as the chapter grows?

Answers: 

For more:
“If community members would like to learn more, they can visit our website and click Join Us (upper right corner) to become a FAIR member. This allows them access to our FAIR community discussion boards, as well as our weekly email newsletter. Then, they can get to know us and our mission a bit more without commitment. Or, they can contact me directly if they would like to get involved.”
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