You’re invited to come together in solidarity for 100 hours to face all that lies ahead.
The day after the presidential election, things felt as divisive as ever.
Now, 100 prominent leaders — all women of color — have written an open letter to move forward, together.
#Our100 is a community of women who take action together to end racism, sexism, and misogynistic policies in politics and government. This beautiful and hopeful movement offers a vision of unity for the future in their open letter.
These inspiring women are inviting everyone to attend community events throughout the country for the 100 hours following the election to reflect, heal, and recommit to fighting against all issues of inequality that still plague women. This is especially important given the horribly divisive rhetoric we heard about minorities and women during the campaign from now president-elect Donald Trump.
Their open letter supports a vision where all women can live with dignity and thrive in the face of inequality.
Read the entire open letter from 100 women of color leaders below:
“This morning, we come together to declare our resolve. Many of us are holding our babies, families, and loved ones close. We know that there is tremendous suffering and anger in this country, yet we stand here today, determined. After an election rife with the politics of division and hate, today we open a new chapter in our country’s long, difficult journey towards the promise of liberty and justice for all.
Join us, over the next 100 hours, at community events across the country as we come together to affirm our unity, and together recommit to continue our work towards this promise.
Our work did not start, and has not ended, with this election. Women built upon longstanding community and family networks to lead community-based voter programs. We’ve known that women of color represent 74 percent of the growth in eligible women voters since 2000. In more than 100 cities, across all 50 states, women came together to mobilize and inspire turnout, creating an unprecedented gender and racial gap at the polls.
Women did this work, not to get one woman a new job, but because we understood the stakes in this election. Black lives, women’s lives, immigrant’s lives, the lives of LGBTQ folks, of people with disabilities; of working people of every race, region and ethnicity, including those at Standing Rock and others protecting our land. We know that the future and well-being of this country depends on the health and well-being of all women.
Today, we feel how far we are from the promise of a nation that ensures liberty and justice for all. But our work, built on the hopes of our grandmothers, mothers, sisters and daughters, is testament to the power of our shared belief in that promise. It is we who must build the path forward on our journey.
As we look at our polarized country standing at this crossroads, we are filled with love for the many peoples of this nation.Despite disappointment and heartbreak, our resolve grounds us in hope for our future. Too often in the shadows, women’s hands have always been the strongest grip bending the arc of history towards justice.
Today, we recommit to take hold of that arc of history. As women, we stand united in our pledge to continue to take action to bring forward solutions. We know the politics of hate will not get us to the solutions we need.
As women of color, as leaders, we will build and lead us on a path forward. We must work together to hold civic, administrative and corporate decision makers accountable. To reach our full potential as people, and as a nation, this democracy must be owned by all of us, for all of us. We pledge our unity and determination to be ready, determined and united behind a vision and plan of action to become a nation where we can all live with dignity, care for our loved ones and the land, and thrive in freedom from all forms of inequality.
We can only get there, together. We invite you to journey with us.”
This letter acknowledges that the election results are perhaps not what was best for all women, especially women of color — but it also charts a way forward.
We didn’t hear a lot from Trump about how he would advance women’s issues (and what we did hear was not encouraging). So these women are asking us to join them as they recommit to take hold of history.
There’s always hope. The women of #Our100 still have it, and so should we.
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