Our most cherished values are under threat.

Values like respect, fairness, moral courage and compassion.

Values that for centuries have made the United States a beacon of hope around the world.

We must resist this threat with our actions—and with our symbolic statements, too.

Symbols matter—a lot. A powerful symbol unites and inspires our allies while telling our adversaries, We are a force to be reckoned with—don’t tread on me.

Iconic symbols (Shepherd Fairey’s HOPE, the rainbow flag) help teams win.