Hope on the Road Ahead

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted November 20, 2016 from Brazil

Trump’s shocking victory was difficult enough to absorb. But the shock was exacerbated by a surge in hate crimes and other incidents that confirmed the worst fears raised by the vicious campaign.

In the first 60 hours after Donald Trump’s victory speech, the Southern Poverty Law Center counted more than 200 episodes of “election-related harassment and intimidation,” including ugly threats and violent assaults, ranging from “anti-black to anti-woman to anti-LGBT incidents.” Other groups have been under attack, too. On top of the hate crimes, on top of the swastikas appearing on campus walls and city streets, on top of the frightening names proposed for senior government positions, there is the continuing talk of mass deportations, spreading fear through millions of American households.

Trump’s election calls for both a short-term and a longer-term response.

In the days and weeks ahead, we need to attend to the victims of these hate incidents, prevent further attacks and intimidation, and join in solidarity with the communities now living in fear. Many of these groups have suffered attacks like these for centuries—hatred, racist bigotry, and sexist violence are not new—but the frequency and scale of the attacks since November 8 are alarming.

We need to act now. At the Open Society Foundations, we will be supporting community organizations across the United States ready to aid the victims of hate and prevent these incidents from happening in the first place.

Full article available athttps://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/voices/hope-road-ahead

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Clodine Mbuli Shei
Nov 21, 2016
Nov 21, 2016

Trump's victory was a real shock to me especially at a time when i looked forward for a break through in Women's leadership. Yet, i am confident that some day, everything will be alright

Natasha L
Nov 22, 2016
Nov 22, 2016

Dear Ana Isabel -

Your writing is powerful in its focus on the rise in hate crimes in the aftermath of the election.

Please tell us more about the Open Society Foundation.  I am interested to hear about the work of this organization and your involvement in its contribution to building vibrant and tolerant democracies.  It is inspiring to know that Open Society Foundation has a vision and mandate to support community organizations  to aid the victims of hate in the U.S.  I am also interested to hear about current initiatives to support democracy in your country.

Natasha

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Dec 02, 2016
Dec 02, 2016

Dear All

Thanks for your feedback!  

Please feel free to share my posts to your network (e-mails, discussion lists, friends...). as well as to include your comments on them.

I  support the Open Foundation only by sharing several of its online contents (calls, fellowships, articles) which I consider worth publicizing about. 

"The Open Society Foundations, which began in 1979, are a family of offices and foundations created by philanthropist George Soros. They fund a range of programs around the world, from public health to education to business development. "

See https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/about

Regarding Brazil, their website is more focused - as far as I know - in sharing content about relevant social issues from reliable Brazilian sources - see at  https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/search?key=Brazil