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    Why Get Involved With The Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism (FAIR)?

    By Steph Bond, Citizens Journal


    Amy Graiwer worked in finance on Wall Street and even though she has been in California for almost 20 years with children in middle and high school, she has kept up on the financial center of New York with her primary source of information being The Wall Street Journal. 

    Bari Weiss, author and journalist is one of her favorite journalists that Amy started following while reading the Journal. Ms. Weiss later went to the New York Times but left and now has her own sub stack (  Amy also trusts and follows Coleman Hughes, a writer and podcaster from the Manhattan Institute; John McWhorter an author and professor at Columbia University; and Thomas Chatterton Williams a cultural critic. 

      All these individuals are centrists who write with a practical, common sense approach providing a sane voice who also happen to be on the Board of Advisors for FAIR.  Based on these journalists’ articles she looked into FAIR and found it to be an organization that shares her values. 

    “The Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism (FAIR) is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing civil rights and liberties for all Americans, and promoting a common culture based on fairness, understanding and humanity.”[1] For details of FAIR’s mission, what they stand for, their pledge, and principles for peaceful change see FAIR’s webpage at (

    Amy’s motivation to be part of the LA FAIR chapter is to be part of an organization that reinforces classical, liberal values including free speech, open debate and is a voice of reason.  Surprisingly, her biggest challenge is public speaking; supporting webinars such as the last one hosted by FAIR and ACES (Alliance for Constructive Ethnic Studies).  Her biggest reward has been making new friends with people having similar values.  The pandemic has isolated us so much this endeavor has provided her chance to connect with so many people.

    To date Amy and her family have not experienced any backlash or been accused of racism either personally or professionally being associated with FAIR. FAIR has not been targeted and she believes this is due to FAIR being non-partisan and inclusive. FAIR promotes fairness and understanding for everyone.

    Critical Race Theory (CRT) in the classroom is a cynical and divisive view of the world that encourages victimization and promotes a narrow political ideology versus FAIR’s educational approach that everyone is unique and is worthy of respect and dignity as an individual as we are all part of a shared humanity. 

    The presence and degree to which race essentialist and neo-marxist curriculum  is being included in classrooms varies by school district in California…  So as a parent you need to get involved, find out what is being presented to your children and determine what is right for your child.

    FAIR is a Fiscally Sponsored Program of United Charitable and as such is classified as a 501(c)(3) non-profit.  Donations range from $10 to very generous gifts with over 2600 donors.  Most of the people associated with FAIR including one of the founders, Bion Bartning, an entrepreneur and investor volunteer their time, including lawyers, technical support for meetings, speakers, organizers, etc.

    FAIR has members across the world and chapters in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, across Canada and in Brown University, Harvard Alumni, University of California Santa Barbara, University of Chicago and Waldorf Education.[2]  For your state’s link click here (  Let’s get a chapter in Iowa started.

    Please get involved with FAIR and make a difference. Be brave, speak up.  Everyone has a role to play even if you’re shy go out and show your support. 

    For those in California we have a large membership across this state so you are not alone.  Please join one of our chapters in Los Angeles, Sacramento, or San Diego. Just click on whichever city you are near and join or start a chapter nearer to you.



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