I’m sure you’re feeling shock and horror, knowing what we’re up against. A president-elect who encourages violence and espouses a toxic blend of sexism, racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia.
The work ahead of us will be hard and more necessary than ever. We must pull each other closer in a beautiful, defiant community to stand up and protect each other against hatred and bigotry. We must hold the line to defend our rights as the political landscape shifts under the next administration. We must be resilient and creative to seek out any opportunity to sustain our work for women and families in the US and around the world.
I know we can do this. I’ve seen the progressive mobilizations that have surged forward during this long and bruising election, fueled over decades by vibrant activists who stand against racism, against misogyny, against violence and oppression. I’ve seen grassroots leaders worldwide defend their communities and their rights against staggering odds. Those mobilizations and those activists are who I believe in today.
It’s because of you — and all of the visionaries for social justice I’m grateful to work with every day — that I still have hope. And in the uncertain and difficult days to come, our vision for social justice, human rights and peace is the beacon that will guide us forward.
I’ll be in touch soon with our next steps. But I wanted to reach out to you today — on this day with so much fear, anger and sadness — to say that we’re in this together, and we will continue to fight to make this the world we all want to live in.
The struggle continues,
MADRE Executive Director
P.S. If you'd like to share your thoughts, I always appreciate hearing from you.