By Mr. Lewis, the civil rights leader who died on July 17, wrote this essay shortly before his death, to be published upon the day of his funeral.
While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me. You filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society. Millions of people motivated simply by human compassion laid down the burdens of division. Around the country and the world you set aside race, class, age, language and nationality to demand respect for human dignity.
That is why I had to visit Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, though I was admitted to the hospital the following day. I just had to see and feel it for myself that, after many years of silent witness, the truth is still marching on.
Emmett Till was my George Floyd. He was my Rayshard Brooks, Sandra Bland and Breonna Taylor. He was 14 when he was killed, and I was only 15 years old at the time. I will never ever forget the moment when it became so clear that he could easily have been me. In those days, fear constrained us like an imaginary prison, and troubling thoughts of potential brutality committed for no understandable reason were the bars.
Though I was surrounded by two loving parents, plenty of brothers, sisters and cousins, their love could not protect me from the unholy oppression waiting just outside that family circle. Unchecked, unrestrained violence and government-sanctioned terror had the power to turn a simple stroll to the store for some Skittles or an innocent morning jog down a lonesome country road into a nightmare. If we are to survive as one unified nation, we must discover what so readily takes root in our hearts that could rob Mother Emanuel Church in South Carolina of her brightest and best, shoot unwitting concertgoers in Las Vegas and choke to death the hopes and dreams of a gifted violinist like Elijah McClain.
Like so many young people today, I was searching for a way out, or some might say a way in, and then I heard the voice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on an old radio. He was talking about the philosophy and discipline of nonviolence. He said we are all complicit when we tolerate injustice. He said it is not enough to say it will get better by and by. He said each of us has a moral obligation to stand up, speak up and speak out. When you see something that is not right, you must say something. You must do something. Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself.
Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble. Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.
You must also study and learn the lessons of history because humanity has been involved in this soul-wrenching, existential struggle for a very long time. People on every continent have stood in your shoes, through decades and centuries before you. The truth does not change, and that is why the answers worked out long ago can help you find solutions to the challenges of our time. Continue to build union between movements stretching across the globe because we must put away our willingness to profit from the exploitation of others.
Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe. In my life I have done all I can to demonstrate that the way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way. Now it is your turn to let freedom ring.
When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the 21st century, let them say that it was your generation who laid down the heavy burdens of hate at last and that peace finally triumphed over violence, aggression and war. So I say to you, walk with the wind, brothers and sisters, and let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide.
John Lewis, the civil rights leader and congressman who died on July 17, wrote this essay shortly before his death.
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The Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council takes a stance to support Economic Social Justice. Read a letter by our President and CEO, Fernando Martinez, below.
Fernando Martinez, President and CEO, and Zavere Weeks, Program Assistant of the Northwest Mountain MSDC met with the City of Seattle to discuss the Technical Assistance Program. Please find the presentation linked below.
Interested in joining TAS program? Contact Zavere Weeks at: (253) 243-6964 or email: TAS@nwmmsdc.org
A message from our President and CEO, Fernando Martinez.
This is the beginning of a path to Equity! Click on the link below for a look into the Council’s commitment to business equity for MBEs by Fernando Martinez, President & CEO.
NORTHWEST MOUNTAIN MSDC RECOGNIZES EXCELLENCE IN PERFORMANCE
The Northwest Mountain MSDC recognizes excellence in performance annually. On Friday, June 26, 2020, the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (Northwest Mountain MSDC) recognized organizations and individuals that excel at advocating, promoting, and contracting with Minority Business Enterprises. The 2019 Award Winners are:
Advocacy Awards: Presented to individuals who exemplify an unselfish commitment to Minority Business Enterprise Development.
John A. Gilmore Award: Matt Iseri, TokuSaku Consulting
Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney Award: Javier Valdez, State Representative and Roger Millar, WA State Department of Transportation
Robert L. Ryan Award: Catherine Martin, J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation
Leadership Awards: Presented to Minority Business Enterprises that deliver excellence in performance and value to private or public sector customers.
Class 1 Supplier – Annual Revenues up to $1M dollars: Humbition Consulting, LLC
Class 2 Supplier – Annual Revenues between $1M – $10M dollars: Ahora Construction, LLC
Class 3 Supplier – Annual Revenues between $10M – $50M dollars: Viking Engineering + Construction
Class 4 Supplier – Annual Revenues above $50M: World Wide Technology, Inc.
Leadership Awards: Presented to the Public Agency and Private Sector Corporations that commit to the practice of Minority Business Enterprise inclusion.
Public Agency of the year: University of Washington
National Corporation of the year: Starbucks Corporation
Partnership Awards: Presented to the organization that has, over a period of time, collaborated, supported, and participated in the growth and development of the Northwest Mountain MSDC.
Partnership of the Year: University of Washington Consulting and Business Development Center
Partnership of the Year: TRIO Group
President’s Award: Presented to the individual that supports the Northwest Mountain MSDC in an outstanding manner throughout the year without expectation of recognition.
Chi Y. Pak, T-Mobile USA, Inc.
Title Sponsor Award: Presented to the organization that has assumed leadership for underwriting all Northwest Mountain MSDC major events.
Title Sponsor Award: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
Congratulations to all our Award Winners!
About the Council
Founded in 1978, the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to drive economic value by equalizing opportunities. As an affiliate of the National MSDC, the Council certifies minority owned businesses and provides access to supplier development, supply chain inclusion, networking events and formal introductions. The Council serves the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
The NMSDC wants to ensure that no minority business owner “in need of PPP funding” is left behind! Please find the recently created and shared PPP Loan Application Instructional video featuring G. Winston Neal, President of BCF, and Ashley O’Neal, SVP with Midwest BankCentre below. To learn more about the NMSDC’s efforts to help MBEs access PPP funding, click on the links below.
Apply for PPP Loan via BCF/Midwest BankCentre, applications need to be entered by June 26th
U.S. Bank, member of the NMSDC, continues to provide Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds. If you are still interested in applying for PPP funds, please read the attached press release for application instructions (see below).
Seventy-five percent of our Council MBEs that have applied for PPP funds have received financial support. If you have not applied for PPP funding, please consider doing so. The net effect is that you are eligible to receive two months of forgivable wages and salaries, plus some mortgage, lease, and utility support.
US Bank continues to take applications for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that may be beneficial to your business. On June 5 the President signed the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act into law, which affords significant changes to the PPP as outlined below.
US Bank is accepting new applications online through June 19.
We accept applications for customers nationwide and for non-customers in states where we operate branches. If you know of a small business that may be interested, please share the attached information with more details on the programs. Small businesses can also visit usbank.com/ppp for more information or to apply.
Those with questions may call our Business Service Center at 800-673-3555 between Monday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CT.
What is the program?
The PPP is a potentially forgivable loan that helps small- and medium-sized businesses impacted by COVID-19 to cover payroll and other eligible non-payroll costs. For more information, please visit usbank.com/ppp.
What has changed?
Congress made substantial changes to the forgiveness rules and repayment terms, most importantly:
- Extended covered period
The Act lengthened the time that businesses have to incur costs to 24 weeks, so they may have more expenses eligible for forgiveness.
- More flexibility on covered expenses
The new rules require only 60 percent of the forgiveness amount to be used for payroll, while the rest can be used for non-payroll costs such as mortgage interest, rent and utilities.
- Extended maturity date and payment deferral period
New loans will have a 5-year term. In addition, borrowers will not have to start making payments until the SBA has completed its review of the borrower’s application for loan forgiveness. If the borrower does not apply for loan forgiveness within 10 months after the end of the covered period, payments must begin at that time.
- Adjusted requirements for employment levels
Businesses have until December 31, 2020 to return to pre-COVID levels of employment and exemptions for some businesses who have had to reduce employment levels due to certain regulations.
If a business applied and received funding already, the changes apply to most existing loans as well, notwithstanding the loan agreements.