• Now Our Work is More Important Than Ever

Dear Colleagues,

We all woke up this morning (or went to bed late last night) to an unthinkable reality. For the next four years we will experience social and economic upheavals at home and abroad, and much of the social progress of the past half century is at risk to both policy and court action. It is going to be a tough run for the country and the people and causes we care most about. The racism, scapegoating of immigrants, homophobia, transphobia, and marginalization of women we all know exist in our country alongside our drive for social justice, have momentarily won the day. But they are wrong, and our demographics are against them. Remember Dr. King's statement: "The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice." As a nation I am confident we will still get there, it is just going to take longer, require more work from us all, and involve a lot more pain for the nation than we had hoped.

A couple hours ago I received a message from a client which said, in part, "now our work is more important than ever." Many of our clients are at this hour planning meetings to debrief, analyze, and recalibrate. On this morning I am writing to offer my solidarity with you and with all our clients and colleagues in the field. We will not give up, we will just work harder.



Categories: Commentary


John Latta
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 2:07 PM
Thank you for expressing these concerns so eloquently. Like you, I'm stunned. I told my grandson this morning that this is the biggest surprise that I've ever experienced, and I'm not young and it's not pleasant. But I plan to take this one day at a time for a while (if I can muster the willpower) and hope that as reality sinks into the heads of our future leaders, perhaps some sanity will accompany it.
bob fitzwilliam
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 2:32 PM
Thanks, David for your encouragment. Today I wrote an email to our two millenial sons, neither of whom had ever experienced this kind of political upheaval. I believe it is very important for our young people to not be too discouraged by this admittedly horrendous election.

My message to them was that their parents have spent 40+ years of being politically engaged and this morning it can feel like we just never make any progress. However, over the last few decades we have made great strides in many, many areas but for every victory there is a countervailing push and then we must pull the other way. I urged them to remain hopeful - this is the same country that elected Obama twice and 50M people voted like they did, and we will have another election in four years. Their obligation as members of a democracy is to do what they can to make their neighborhood and community a better place for all.
Josh Leonard
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 4:08 PM
Thanks for these words, David

In solidarity,
Cathy Tisdale
Thursday, November 10, 2016 11:59 AM
Thank you David. Just did final reworking of my new HuffPost blog. Had to infuse some realities I never imagined would be required. We'll all be thinking a lot about the content of your note and what it will take to continue to stand with and for those who have been marginalized to an even greater degree by this election. And not just at the federal level. MO's new governor is on record strongly opposing any Medicaid expansion as well as the legalization of LGBT rights in this state.
Your client was right...it is truly a "now, more than ever" time for our sector.

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