Every four years, we as a nation are faced with change. At NCADV, we work to ensure that no matter who sits in the Oval Office, we never change our mission. We continue to work toward a society that has no tolerance for domestic violence. We give the same energy and passion to the voices and concerns of victims and survivors and the intersecting issues, no matter who the President-elect.
As we grasp what has occurred this week, we want to let you know: we are not changing. Our work remains the same. We will continue to work on your behalf and remain steadfast in our mission.
Our President-elect will receive the same message from us, and we will hold him and others accountable to ensuring the rights of women, girls, and those impacted by domestic violence are never compromised. We will continue to work on policy and strategies that support and address the needs of those we work for and serve as their voice. If our President-elect is serious about making change, he will vigorously address these issues. We will hold him accountable on any policy and action that puts victims and survivors at further risk, including policies that allow for hate, abuse, or violence.
Always take care of yourselves. We developed a list of self care tips for you to serve as a guide (scroll to the bottom of this post). Please take care of others. Reach out to those you hold dear.
Like you, I am determined to continue to make change. We will continue to work with our sister organizations and allies. We are still strong. We still have power, and we will not be swayed by anything other than what is right.
Remember these words from Audre Lourde: “When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.” We will continue to speak.
What Can You Do Today?
- Encourage self-care in your life and encourage others to do the same
- Volunteer with your nearest domestic violence program or shelter or contribute to your favorite national or local non-profit that is committed to change
- Sign up for public policy action alert emails from the NCADV
Ruth M. Glenn, Executive Director