2016 Election Results: FUREE Response

FUREE POST-ELECTION STATEMENT

                                November 9, 2016

Dear Friends in the Struggle for Equality,

This morning, many of us woke up to learn that one of our worst fears had come true and what we assumed improbable had happened. A major portion of the population and our fellow citizens had elected Donald Trump to the nation’s highest position of power in the United States.  Adding the fact that a Republican-led Senate and House remain the reality, this outcome means an increasingly oppressive uphill battle for the next couple of years in the struggle to secure our safety and equality as marginalized citizens.

However, we must not lose faith in our ability to create the world we want to live in, and control our own destinies as well as ensure our children can do the same. The election results in New York lived up to the polling predictions, and we want to thank those who fulfilled their civic duty and upheld our values as a society aspiring towards greater inclusivity and social justice, using our city as an example of forward movement as a collective.  Yet, we need to also respect the seriousness of this moment and not allow our guards to come down as the powers that be never sleep! We need the full support and solidarity of our base and allies as we continue to organize in low-income communities of color more than ever before in our lifetimes.  If we had our doubts before, we can now be sure that our inaction means the uncertainty of our continued survival!

It is not lost on us that the president-elect is a long-time real estate mogul who has made his fortune in the development of luxury housing, while the city of New York continues to suffer an intense affordable housing crisis that has not been seen since the Great Depression.  We’d like to also mention his recorded history of discrimination against black and brown tenants, his willingness to cheat employees on their earned wages, and his expressed contempt for our low-income communities that struggle just to maintain in the face of unequal access and opportunities.  It is because of the lack of discussion on housing justice that FUREE made it a part of our voter engagement campaign to create a political platform for how we can fight to preserve and expand low income housing at every government level. We will keep struggling to guarantee public housing receives the funding streams it needs to continue into the future, we will keep organizing to make sure it stay public and upholds its original intention as a safe and healthy home for low-to-middle income New Yorkers.  And perhaps most important of all, we  will continue to stand up and support our members, allies and neighbors as we fight the waves of both excess capital and government policy that are seeking to push us out of our homes and our communities.

FUREE is always looking for new folks to engage in our collective fight, and community members willing to stand up and be leaders as we push necessary change forward. If you were unsure before, now is the time to strengthen your resolve and commitment, or risk losing all of the progress we and the fighters before us have made.  Sitting on the sidelines and allowing others to control us is no longer an option if we want true equality and justice for all peoples, will you stand with us or will you allow the current powers to continue their predatory treatment of our people?

If you would like to learn more about what we are doing and want to get involved, reach out to us at the office at (718) 852 – 2960, or by sending an email to Shatia@furee.org or Michael@furee.org.

In the struggle together and stronger,

Shatia Strother

Program Coordinator, FUREE (Families United for Racial and Economic Equality) 388 Atlantic Ave. 2nd floor Brooklyn, NY 11217

 

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