Photo by Alexis Sanchez-Boyzo (June 2020)
After a historic voter turnout, the presidency of Donald J. Trump is coming to an end. In January, Joe Biden will become the 46th President of the United States, and Kamala Harris will be Vice President, a historic first for women, Black, and Asian American communities. All across the country, people voted in record numbers. Still, it was the overwhelming support of Black, brown, and indigenous voters that got the electoral votes needed to win. We take time to pause and exhale.
However, we cannot negate the terror and violence against marginalized communities during the past four years. Instead of looking away, we have to face the painful truth that our country is broken and that the cracks made visible under Trump were made long before he took office.
Looking to the next four years, we resolve to continue funding grassroots groups fighting to build an equitable society that treats every person with dignity and cares for the most vulnerable. A Biden presidential win is not a reason to stop supporting resistance movements. The wins on Election Day are the direct result of people taking to the streets and organizing against every bad policy, every threat to civil liberties, and every gasoline-fueled fire of division by the outgoing administration. Organizing is how we win and there is so much at stake.
We echo the calls from organizers and activists for bold visionary policies that will bring us closer to collective liberation. The global pandemic has emphasized the need for universal health care and financial safety nets. The increasing frequency and intensity of climate catastrophes mean that we are overdue for nothing less than a Green New Deal. The stock market's resilience, while millions of people are unemployed and housing insecure, demands that we reign in the racial wealth divide. The violence that Black and brown people across the country experience at the hands of police and the carceral system calls us to shift resources and build restorative and transformative justice models. The time to act is now.
Join us and our grantee partners in fighting for a just world; we are in it for the long haul regardless of who is in the White House today or after January 20th.
La lucha continua! The struggle continues!
What You Can Do Right Now
Electoral politics alone will not free us; organizing will. Please consider a gift to Crossroads Fund so that we can continue to fund the intersectional organizing and movements we need for liberation.
Apply to the Critical Response Fund
To meet the needs of communities hit hardest by this political moment, Crossroads Fund has re-opened our Critical Response Fund. The fund will provide organizations with resources to protect, empower and support community members in this time of crisis. In addition, we seek to support work that radically reimagines community care, expands our notion of what is possible, and orients toward building the world we need.
Deadline: November 23, 2020
Let's take a moment in community to breathe and learn about ways to support grassroots movements for thefights ahead. Please register today to join us on Wednesday, November 18th at 4:30pm for our Post Election Community Care Night.