Born in the wake of a national tragedy, Stand
Up For America (SUFA) is a non-profit, non-partisan, educational
organization that strives to promote unity and patriotism, increase
our awareness of our identity as citizens of one nation under God,
and instill a sense of duty and commitment on both an individual
and community level.
11, 2001 Americans woke up to a changed world, not just because
an unspeakable horror had been visited upon the most powerful nation
on earth, but because we can no longer escape the knowledge that
there exists in this world rage of such magnitude that the planning
and perpetration of the murders of thousands of innocent civilians
is considered a valid political statement. That such an unconscionable
act was committed in the name of God by persons posing as religious
makes it all the more obscene.
proof is needed of the greatness of this country than the fact that
in the aftermath of the grievous crime committed against us, we
became a better nation? Even as the country reeled with shock and
anger, a great outpouring of unity and patriotism not seen since
World War II gave rise to hundreds of parades, marches, and rallies
all across America.
Many of the
changes overtaking the country are astonishingly ordinary. Family
members, estranged for decades, are calling home to say: “I
love you.” Much of the fluff that used to pass as entertainment
now seems like the glitter on a child’s coloring book. Awakening
within the collective hearts of Americans is the thirst for a deeper
meaning to life. This shift within the national psyche is a clear
sign of a vacuum that needs to be filled.
Up For America hopes to fill
that need by:
Educating the people of Hawaii through classes, lectures, workshops,
newsletters, media, and conferences on the ideals of American citizenship
and values, patriotism, and the concept of how we are one nation
Increasing student awareness and appreciation for the Pledge of
Allegiance, Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution,
and the Hawaii State Constitution through the support of public
policy and school curricula that fulfill this goal.
Instilling in students respect and love for their country and a
sense of duty and responsibility for their communities through class
presentations at schools.
Collaborating with veterans groups and other patriotic organizations
in Hawaii and the nation to promote and educate the public about
the importance of American citizenship, values, and patriotism.
Organizing and/or participating in parades, marches, and rallies
with the intention of promoting patriotism and unity in the community.
Supporting public policies that will further the goals of upholding
and strengthening the ideals of American citizenship, values, and
Recruiting and organizing volunteers to participate in the
Up For America
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