Key Medium denounces racism in all its forms. We see the deeply ingrained inequality and inequities that exist and are supremely disgusted by it. We are committed to doing more to expose and eliminate policies that perpetuate racism, including environmental racism and structural inequality.
We strive to do good work, and much of the work we do, especially via Coding For Causes, support people who are severely disadvantaged. Our team’s mobilization with partners like Community Integrated Services, Community Learning Center, and The Public Interest Law Center is supporting Philadelphia’s workforce, food, and education system.
As we stand with the Black community in the face of unconscionable racially motivated violence, we understand that such violence is aggravated by retrograde, prejudiced policies.
We will do better, through our own research and advocacy, to call out these policy failures and to demand reparations and work within an anti-racist framework provided by our thought partners–with an ecosystems model, and a theory of change involving the whole self, whole systems, and whole society.
A brief message from Key Medium’s Founder:
“I support the demand for reparations and the implementation of a tangible anti-racist set of policies on the local, state, and national level–and will help how I can to advocate for tangible change and amplify movements to that end. As someone who has faced racism and Islamophobia for my Arabian and Muslim background, even though I am an American-born citizen, I can somewhat relate to the oppression and racism many Black Americans face for so long. My Father, a practicing Shi’ite Muslim, escaped execution by the Saddam regime, which persecuted all opposed to him, especially Shi’ite Muslims. The ongoing Global Shi’a Diaspora, where my ancestors and family were violently persecuted for their beliefs, has unfortunately been ongoing for over 1,400 years. My lived experiences and unique background enable me to empathize with all oppressed peoples around the world. Some racists violently murdered my family members…simply because they were a Shi’a living in a Sunni Muslim neighborhood. The murderers are walking around freely thanks to the Iraqi government’s corruption — like our government in the US — also needs systemic reform and greater accountability and transparency. These are just a few personal instances of oppression tied to the reality we face as a society with our divided and degraded social fabric. Millions of people continue to face these issues, and sectarianism is a form of racism. While people are entitled to their beliefs and opinions, it is not acceptable that racism and hate crimes exists in governance, especially, and we need to do more to hold politicians and leaders accountable. That said, I maintain an optimistic view on positive transformation and change on a societal-wide scale is underway–towards increased racial equity and improved social cohesion. It may take perhaps generations, but I strongly believe that humanity will prevail through our collective action and efforts.”Ali Jaffar, Founder
I appreciate you taking the time to read this. If you’re open to a conversation, do get in touch with me here to discuss ways we can amplify advocacy and partner to combat hate & racism, together.
Ali Jaffar has been building dazzling websites and creating amazing online experiences for over a decade. His mastery of the latest innovations in web development results in world-class website experiences set apart by show-stopping style and seamless functionality. A highly sought-after consultant—and 50-time award-winning storyteller, UX expert, and web developer—Ali lends his talents to build and bolster digital experiences for a wide array of clients, with a keen focus on web design for nonprofit organizations. When Ali’s not helping his clients grow or providing pro bono services via his Coding For Causes program, you can find him exploring beautiful open spaces with his dog, working on side projects like the new Good Jobs Guide, or writing pieces about technology and the world on Huge Thinking. Follow Ali on Twitter @al1meister or connect with him on LinkedIn.