Let’s celebrate freedom, for the nation that continues to strive for perfection

This week marks the 244th anniversary of our nation’s declaration of independence. Our country has worked to fulfill the promise of America since 1776. We are not perfect – we have never been and will never be – but our continued striving for excellence makes us great, as we pursue a more perfect union for us all.

I also believe that our nation’s willingness to confront uncomfortable truths and situations – about ourselves, and our fellow Americans – is slowly but surely getting better.

I am increasingly excited about the promise of America being fulfilled for more and more of our fellow citizens. We all want more upward mobility for everyone – Wake County Economic Development had an outstanding session this week on inclusive prosperity, and the Triangle Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Alliance has made equity in economic development as one of the centerpieces of their work.

From an RTA perspective, I believe that purposeful investment in mobility infrastructure with a strong equity lens can play a crucial, needed role in lifting people up to new opportunities.

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We have now begun the second half of 2020. I don’t know what the next 6 months will bring, but I do know that dauntless resolution will continue to be helpful, probably essential, and hopefully transformative for our beloved Triangle and our great nation.

As we approach our holiday weekend, I am also hopeful that starting next year Americans might celebrate something along the lines of a 16-day “solstice of freedom”, commencing with the  Juneteenth celebrations of Freedom Day on June 19th, and concluding on America’s birthday, Independence Day, July 4th. This period of reflection and inspiration would be a way for America to highlight, reflect, and learn about the essential contributions of all Americans, past and present, and pave the way for a shared, united, freer future for all.

Have a safe and happy holiday.


Joe Milazzo II, PE
RTA Executive Director

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