[pjw] Analysis: After the election: Where do we go from here? (AFSC 11/9)
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Thu Nov 10 13:36:02 EST 2016
Joanne from Recruiter Watch forwarded this piece from the American Friends
Service Committee regarding the outcome of the elections. (AFSC, like PJW,
is a 501-c-3, not affiliated with any party, and can't take a stand for or
against any candidate for office.) It's passionate, it's thoughtful, and
it's inspiring. I hope you will think about it and pass it along.
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After the election: Where do we go from here?
News & Commentary | By Dina El-Rifai, Nov 9, 2016
I am an immigrant. I am a Muslim. I am a woman. Each piece of my
identity has been picked apart, threatened, alienated, and attacked
during these incredibly long several months that have led up to this
election. Each piece of me now needs to heal. Just as each marginalized
piece of our country needs to heal.
Black. Mexican. Muslim. Native American. Woman. Latinx. Immigrant.
Refugee. Differently abled. Jewish. LGBTQ. This election season has
been exhausting. As millions of people buzz about the election results
and about America's new president, many will forget about you--the
communities that have been attacked, tokenized, propped up, pushed
down, and picked apart in the race for the White House. This piece is
about and for you.
You who desperately wished to be humanized but instead were
objectified, pathologized, degraded, and ruthlessly spoken of like
specimen and pawns during debates between candidates who never really
stopped long enough to listen to your community. You who has a target
on your back and carefully calculates your every move every day because
of the color of your skin. You, the indigenous people, who continue to
be violated, attacked, and stripped of what you are wholly entitled to
and what is yours. You who refuses to be a pawn in "war on terror" and
"war on drugs" policies that have targeted, surveilled, occupied,
detained, incarcerated, and killed entire communities of color here and
abroad. You without clean water. You who had to disconnect from media
when the Trump Tapes were released because sexual assault hits too
close to home. You seeking to be validated by a society that refuses to
recognize your identity, your experiences, your traumas, your needs, or
your humanity. You who have already experienced the violence caused by
the xenophobic policies implemented under the current administration
and perpetuated on the campaign trail this election season."
Audre Lorde, Black feminist and social activist said "caring for myself
is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation and that is an act of
This is your time. This is your time to support your community, to
organize, to invest in yourselves. Own the agency and power of your
community. Influencing change does not begin and end with the election
season. This is our time to uplift our communities.
With President Obama still in office until January, this is the time
for communities to mobilize, organize community forums, and put
pressure on Obama to do more before he leaves office. Let us call on
him to reverse his increased detention and deportation policies that
tear communities apart.
People in Denver accompany a fellow community member, Manuel, to a
court hearing on his immigration status. Photo: AFSC/Gabriela Flora
This is our time to advocate for humane policies, including immigration
reform that promotes healing and centers the dignity and worth of each
person. This is our time to mobilize against Republican and Democratic
policies that support detention, deportation, militarization of law
enforcement, and the destruction of communities of color.
Come January, it is up to us to hold the new president responsible and
accountable. It is up to us to create a movement and to change the
dominant culture and narrative. To demand that it is more important for
our communities to be invested in than for communities abroad to be
droned and destroyed. To demand that the new administration reject
racist policies that perpetuate racial and social control of our
communities. To demand policies that center humanity, equality, and
justice for all people. Build coalitions, identify community needs, and
Our communities deserve to heal. With healing, with love, with
solidarity, will come justice and liberation.
About the Author
Dina El-Rifai is the Public Policy Fellow in AFSC's Office of Public
Policy and Advocacy in Washington, D.C.
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