The Stono Institute for Freedom, Justice and Security (SIFJS) is the first human rights institution and think tank founded by African-Americans aimed at combating existential threats—domestic and international—to Black life and liberty including but not limited to systematic and structural racial discrimination, violent extremist vigilantism and deadly police violence and it’s antecedents. The SIFJS’ core belief is that every living being is divinely made and invaluable. We believe in the UN Charter’s reaffirmation in the “faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women” and in the promotion of “social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom.”
In this context, the SIFJS will continue the rich African-American tradition of educating and building multi-racial and multi-ethnic coalitions of people and institutions to combat the three evils of racism, poverty and militarism through non-violent direction action to represent “the least of these” or the sick, poor and dying. The SIFJS serves as a conduit for the legitimate calls for racial justice led by Generations X, Y-Millennial’s and Generation Z; knowing that Generation X inherited the torch from Baby Boomers and employed music, culture, and bold action to confront the evils of racism, violent extremist vigilantism, and poverty. Today, Millennial’s and Generation Z are continuing this multi-generational multi-racial fight by employing digital media and radical massive protests to tear down all systems of racial and gender inequality and injustice.