"Perhaps as never before in our history, we the people are confronted with a choice. Either we carry on as usual, accepting violence, racism, war, social and economic injustice, and environmental degradation, until we exhaust or destroy ourselves, and the planet that sustains us – or we can begin to make a conscious change in the way we think, live, and relate to one another and to our environment. We can begin to redirect our human, natural, and financial resources to build better communities and a better world."
"The mission of the Festival of Freedom at the Forks is to build cultures of peace, and respect for human dignity and ecological integrity, because we cherish our personal freedoms, value our civil rights and recognize our individual and common responsibility to leave a better world for future generations. Proceeds from the Festival, after expenses, will help fund projects and programs advancing the Festival’s theme and purpose locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally."
"The Festival of Freedom at the Forks is a response of a local community to the challenges we face as a global community entering a new millennium. The mission is an example of a community coming together to rejuvenate itself, to share its hospitality and natural beauty with friends and neighbors, and to make its contribution towards improving the human condition, at home and abroad. We invite and welcome your active participation and support to ensure that this Festival becomes all it could be." - J.J. Verigin, Jr. (Director with the Steering Committee for the Festival of Freedom at the Forks)