Please find below a post-election message from Robert Bank, President and CEO of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), that was shared with supporters today:
Dear Supporters of AJWS,
I am writing to you at this defining moment in history, as you are a friend who is fully committed to the dignity and rights of every person on this planet. As a supporter of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), you have joined with us time and again to stand with the poorest and most oppressed communities worldwide as they fight for their own human rights and work with us to build the kind of world we want to live in. That world is anchored by equality and justice; celebrates diversity; and draws inspiration from the eternal teachings of our tradition to respect the essential value of every person.
Presidents, governments and elections come and go—and some make our work much easier and others much harder. Regardless of who is in power, we are guided by our enduring belief that it is our obligation to build more just and equitable societies. We are committed to working across cultures and continents to repair our broken world. We are Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Buddhist, Sikh and Jain. We are spiritual, religious and secular. We are American, African, Caribbean, Latino and Asian. We are gay, straight, trans and intersex. We live and love in different ways, and we are proud of who we are.
The Indian writer and social activist Arundhati Roy once wrote: “Another world is not only possible; she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”
Even when facing the greatest heartbreak and devastation, we somehow always hear that other world breathing and know a better world is possible. At this moment in our history, the promise of that world must inspire all of us to work together to make sure it is on its way.
I thank you for your friendship and commitment to our community. We have much work to do together in the weeks, months and years ahead.
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