First, we mourn this great unexpected loss. Hillary Clinton was everything many of us wanted in a president – a compassionate, resilient, intelligent woman and politician with the necessary experience and temperament for the job of leading our country. Clinton had an inclusive vision, policy knowledge and skills to spare. You can read “133 reasons (and counting!) Hillary Clinton should be our next president,” Huffington Post, 10/28/16. At the same time, you can read why the Trump/Pence ticket was and is our greatest fear. For many or most of us, a fear not even recognized as a real possibility until it happened before our shocked and disbelieving eyes. Read why we fear Trump and for the safety of friends and neighbors and minorities of all kinds at “An American Tragedy.” Many of us feel, as the article states, “[t]he election of Donald Trump to the Presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism. ” That bad. Donald Trump is America’s “Brexit” (New York Times, June 2016). The world is still wondering ‘How did Brexit happen,’ 6/24/16, in the same way it wonders how did Donald Trump win.
Then we buck up and look toward the future. We suggest a few main things to do, once we get our minds around this new and darker future.
We rally and look toward the future. As Sarah Moncelle wrote, “I’m heartbroken, but I will not despair. Whatever the results tonight, I’m going to keep working and fighting for equality and justice tomorrow and every day after.”
Another friend wrote, “the arc of justice bends slowly–perhaps too slowly. But now is an opportunity to bring goodness into the world. Find an organization that works with vulnerable populations and donate your time and money.”
Now need to put our time and money into backing groups that support people of color, women, LGBTQ communities, immigrants, and other vulnerable populations. We’re all going to need it. Keep fighting for what is right in America and in the world.
Start by joining or rejoining NOW and your local NOW chapter.
Now more than ever, we need to be there for each other as we face these new challenges together.
Feminists have faced opposition repeatedly in our long history. We get up and fight some more!
Our goals have not changed. We still we need full access to legal abortion and affordable birth control, freedom from racism and homophobia, and an end to violence against women. And together, when we demand these rights, our voices will be louder than ever!
We are grassroots activists who are fiercely organizing in communities across the country, and we need your support. We’re standing tall and proclaiming loud and clear: women will not go back, we will fight back! Help by joining or rejoining NOW! Help by donating! Help by joining us at protests and at events! Whatever you like to do, we can use your skills and presence.
You make a difference by getting involved at any level, regardless of how active you want to be.
We are stronger together!
-Gailya Paliga, president of NC NOW