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The Work We Begin Tomorrow

November 10, 2016

Words failed many of us Wednesday morning when we woke up to the reality that a nativist, misogynist, racist demagogue had won the Presidency of the United States. I know that we will each be processing this shocking news as individuals, families, organizations, communities, and as a city.

To The ANHD Community,

Words failed many of us Wednesday morning when we woke up to the reality that a nativist, misogynist, racist demagogue had won the Presidency of the United States. I know that we will each be processing this shocking news as individuals, families, organizations, communities, and as a city. Many of us had believed that there were some commonly-held core beliefs that American politicians had to at least pay lip service to, and that speaking openly in the language of David Duke would make you unelectable.

It feels like something has been broken. And, as we begin to consider what policies President Trump will actually implement, we face the reality that many of the victories that the progressive movement has won, painstakingly, piece-by-piece over many years, can be quickly stripped away.

[pullquote]Many of the victories that the progressive movement has won, painstakingly, piece-by-piece over many years, can be quickly stripped away.[/pullquote]

I want to take a moment to say that the work we have done together is meaningful; it mattered. And yet, where we go next and what we do next has taken on a level of importance like no moment in our lifetimes. The union organizing line about Joe Hill that we often repeat – “Don’t Mourn, Organize!” – today feels glib and insufficient. But, in the coming days and weeks, the progressive movement will recover from the shock and come together to decide on new and more powerful ways to fight for our beliefs, for our values, and for our country. If anything is clear, it’s that now is the time for all of us to double down on our commitments, our beliefs and our values.

[pullquote]If anything is clear, it’s that now is the time for all of us to double down on our commitments, our beliefs and our values.[/pullquote]

We believe in activism. We believe in building grassroots organizing and community leadership. We believe in strong local community based organizations. We believe that racist and oppressive power structures must be fought and dismantled. We believe that socially and economically marginalized people can and must demand a government that works to create opportunity and equity for them. While ANHD may only work on our core issues, our mission goes beyond any single campaign or single concern. It is to build a more just and equitable society, and we want to express our solidarity with the many people, organizations, and movements that are a part of the larger fight for justice and equity. And before we turn to developing the tactics and strategies and plans to tackle the four years to come, I want to say: we believe in your work, in your communities, and in the new fights we will face together.

[pullquote]We believe in your work, in your communities, and in the new fights we will face together.[/pullquote]

This is a moment for us all to think about how we connect across communities and organizations – within and beyond New York – to build the solidarity and power we’re going to need not only to defend ourselves against the renewed threats we’re facing, but to push even harder for a society based in racial, economic, religious, and social justice.

As ANHD - we will stand with you, we support you, we fight by your side, and together we will be stronger.

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