The day after the election, the Keshet staff gathered in the conference room in our Boston office, with staff from our New York and San Francisco offices joining us by video. We sat together in stunned, sorrowful silence. We shared words of grief, fear, and heartbreak.
While Keshet did not endorse a particular candidate, we were and remain deeply troubled by the misogyny, racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and absolute callousness for our shared humanity that surfaced over the course of the presidential campaign. We fear the possible implications for this country: for racial, ethnic, and religious minorities, for immigrants, for LGBTQ people, for anyone who has ever been treated like the “other.”
Jewish tradition teaches us to “remember the stranger” – this commandment is repeated more often than any other moral injunction in the Torah. Now more than ever, we must strive to live this value in everything we do.
Our LGBTQ history teaches us, in the words of the modern-day prophet, Harvey Milk, “Hope will never be silent.” Today, all of us, but perhaps especially the youth in our community, need to hear the call of hope.
In the coming days, we will work together to protect our hard won gains and continue to advance our core values of human dignity and justice for all. Together, we will support each other and build the world we want and need. Thank you for being our partner for a better future.