The mission of The Breakthrough Project is to create a community that is free of bigotry, racism, prejudice, and intolerance by celebrating our diversity through communication, education, and responding to acts of intolerance.
The Breakthrough Project was formed a week after the January 30, 1998 cross-burning incident on the lawn of Tokay High School.
Local newspapers printed our manifesto:
On February 5, 1998, community leaders met as concerned parents and citizens of Lodi to discuss the moral implications of the recent cross burning at Tokay High School. We are men and women from a diversity of colors, faiths, and beliefs. Our message is simple: malignant seeds of intolerance will find only barren soil in a united Lodi. “Livable, Lovable, Lodi?” Unless Lodi is livable and lovable for all, it is not livable or lovable for any. Please stand with us and say no to prejudice and racism wherever and whenever you encounter it.