As the election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States sinks in, we need to urgently assess how civil rights and liberties in this country will be affected. Unfortunately, the rhetoric of the campaign season that many viewed as full of hate, racism, sexism, xenophobia, and anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiment, requires us to be more vigilant and on alert to defend our community.
ADC’s mission to protect the civil rights and liberties of all communities does not waiver or change based on election results. Regardless of who is in the White House, ADC will be steadfast in our commitment to social justice, and achieving our purpose and mission.
We share and understand the frustration of many within our community on the impact of President-elect Trump campaign rhetoric materializing into actual policy. Indeed, over the past few days we have documented an increase in hate crime and discrimination targeting Arabs, Muslims, Hispanics and other communities of color.
The enormities of the challenges we face with the incoming administration are real. There should be no doubt — ADC is committed to defend the civil rights of all Americans. We are ready and vigilant to confront each and every case against our community’s civil, political and human rights. We will monitor each Presidential appointment in the new administration, and more importantly, monitor their actions when it comes to civil rights. We will seek to influence and educate those officials. We will recognize those work to secure and protect the civil rights and liberties, and challenge those who do not.
More importantly, we will continue to organize and empower our community. We must effectively organize among ourselves, and work with our coalition partners. As a grassroots organization, our success is predicated on the involvement of our members.