Yesterday, we watched Donald Trump defend violent bigots, and use the bully pulpit of the President to justify a fatal attack on progressive, peaceful protestors. These were people who had come to stand up against hate.
While some Americans may have held out hope that the grand office into which Mr. Trump was entering would change and moderate his message, including some in the LGBTQ community who pointed to campaign promises he made not to demonize us, any such sentiment must now be abandoned. If anything, here is a man who has told us from the beginning exactly what he thinks of us. He has been unfiltered, unadulterated, and unabashed.
Have you ever felt more motivated to fight back?
My colleagues and I come to work every day energized and ready to fight for the rights of queer immigrants. And while moments like these can test our resolve, they are also opportunities to organize and build coalitions. If we look back at the history of social moments, we see that progress is never made without substantial setbacks that force us to redouble our efforts. We are in that moment now.
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Be angry, but be strategic.
Be aggressive, but not violent.
Be woke, and wake the others.
Yours, in solidarity,
Aaron C. Morris
Executive Director, Immigration Equality