This is a proposal to the Democratic National Committee (or its authorized agent) to support a public-private partnership between FEMA and Americans All for the benefit of families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our program will also support the work of the Vice President as she tackles the issues of racism, helping to reduce the polarization in the nation and the need to ensure that Critical Race Theory is not blocked for our students, using a very unique "Trojan Horse" vehicle (see www.americansall.org/566403).
Americans All, a program of the 35-year-old, nonprofit People of America Foundation, has a website where people and groups can create and publish stories that can be easily stored, updated and permanently accessed. What makes us unique is we include comprehensive, historical information (from multiple perspectives), much of it in timeline formats, to provide context for these stories and the experiences, observations and accomplishments reflected in them. Stories can contain up to 2,000 words, and augmented with images, hyperlinks, audio-video and music links and be published in multiple languages.
We have repurposed our free storytelling tool to support families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19. Working through Representative David Trone’s office, we have offered the program to FEMA to enhance their efforts to support families who have lost a loved one to the virus so they can get closure. This follows the passing of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which enables FEMA to provide financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. To date, we have not had a response.
CLICK HERE to view the FEMA proposal
Our storytelling tool is free for individuals, education organizations and nonprofits. Businesses and service providers, especially those rebuilding after the pandemic, pay a nominal fee to create their stories can use stories to reach, and offer discounts to, their customers and clients. This will be extremely valuable to minority business owners and those that hire people of color. We also offer our members an optional, inexpensive subscription upgrade after a free trial period to receive additional program benefits and partner discounts. Importantly, we invest 80 percent of member subscriptions and business fees in communities that support our program and believe that the DNC is in an ideal position to help us annually distribute the funds (see page 5 of the proposal). We believe storytelling can help foster care, respect, trust and justice in our communities and nation.
By sharing stories, especially those of immigrants and underserved minorities, we recognize the contributions of everyone, reinforce the value of diversity, and promote tolerance and acceptance. Storytelling also helps students further their knowledge of history, strengthen their communications, research and writing skills and helps prepare them for success in our democracy and workforce.
It is our sincere hope that the political polarization, lack of serious conversations about systemic racism and damaging pandemic effects that have plagued the United States in recent times can be mitigated through storytelling and a commitment to know and understand one another better. We recognize that differences make us human, but respect for one another—a key to getting past stereotypes or politics—is the glue that makes communities work. Moreover, storytelling can create trust among strangers.
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CLICK HERE to view a summary of the Womens Suffrage Movement.
Allan Kullen, President ■ 301-520-8242 ■ email@example.com