Dear Artists, Poets, Decent People,
I am a disabled working-class Jewish immigrant woman who leans to the left on most issues politically. What we have become is not the America that I know.
I believe in what America stands for. I believe in what is written in her constitution.
I believe in her history, which must be studied.
A nation of equality. A nation of freedom. A nation that holds that its people have the right to peacefully petition. A nation that holds that people have the right to file grievences. A nation that holds that people have the right to assemble. A nation of due process. A nation of free speech. A nation with laws against unreasonable search and seizure. A nation with laws against cruel and unusual punishment. A nation that fought fascism in WWII. A nation that fought authoritarianism on both the left and the right. A nation that fought for civil rights. A nation that fought to give women the right to vote and to work. A nation that raised me to be non-racist, to care for the environment, to study history, to be a moral person.
This is not the time to stay silent. This is the time to use your free speech while you still have it. This is the time to read facts and opinions from all sides while you still can, even those that make you uncomfortable.
If you are LGBT, Muslim, Latino, Jewish, Disabled, a Woman, Native American, Poor, an Immigrant, or in any other vulnerable category that has been mocked over the course of the election season, I stand with you in protest. I love you.
Do not become violent towards one another no matter who you voted for.
Protect one another. This is not politics as usual. Do not let fear turn you into the worst of your enemy’s traits.
Read my words. May they bring you comfort and strength.