Anton Andrew, Dem candidate for PA House 160, is working with residents in all 8 towns in the 160th to have their municipal governing bodies pass a Black Lives Matter resolution that commits them to rooting out systemic racism within their borders.
On August 4, Anton (masked and distanced) addressed the Concord Township Council as follows:
My name is Anton Andrew, 26 Southridge Drive, Kennett Square, and in the interest of transparency, you should know that I am also the Democratic Candidate for State Representative in the 160th District.
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to address you tonight about an urgent matter that is not political: the Black Lives Matter movement and the imperative to eliminate systemic racism in our area.
Our Founding Fathers declared the self-evident truth that ‘all men are created equal,’ and our pledge of allegiance to the flag ends with the words ‘with liberty and justice for all.’ Americans all across the political spectrum embrace these principles.
But it is clear that we, as a nation, have not yet achieved those goals, especially as they apply to people of color. Injustice and racism permeate our country, our state, and our townships…including right here in Concord.
Realizing the promise of America requires that we all step forward…especially our leaders. That is why I have drafted a resolution for your consideration that acknowledges that Concord, like every other municipality, has work to do to identify and root out racism within its borders, and commits the township to that task. I am asking every municipal governing body in the district to do the same.
There are several township residents here this evening who are prepared to assist you in doing that important work, and there are many more waiting in the wings. This initiative has broad support in our area, as witnessed by recent peaceful, well-attended demonstrations in Media, Chadds Ford and Kennett Square. This is not a political issue. It is a human rights issue. By embracing it, you will unite us in the service of making America the best she can be.
I am available to provide whatever assistance I can. I hope you will give this resolution your careful consideration and thought, and adopt it at your next meeting.
Thank you so very much for your service to the residents of Concord.