An open letter to Our Nation from 100 women of color leaders

This morning, we come together to declare our resolve. Many of us are holding our babies, families, and loved ones close. We know that there is tremendous suffering and anger in this country, yet we stand here today, determined. After an election rife with the politics of division and hate, today we open a new chapter in our country’s long, difficult journey towards the promise of liberty and justice for all.

Join us, over the next 100 hours, at community events across the country as we come together to affirm our unity, and together recommit to continue our work towards this promise.

Our work did not start, and has not ended, with this election. Women built upon longstanding community and family networks to lead community-based voter programs. We’ve known that women of color represent 74 percent of the growth in eligible women voters since 2000. In more than 100 cities, across all 50 states, women came together to mobilize and inspire turnout, creating an unprecedented gender and racial gap at the polls.

Women did this work, not to get one woman a new job, but because we understood the stakes in this election. Black lives, women’s lives, immigrant’s lives, the lives of LGBTQ folks, of people with disabilities; of working people of every race, region and ethnicity, including those at Standing Rock and others protecting our land. We know that the future and well-being of this country depends on the health and well-being of all women.

Today, we feel how far we are from the promise of a nation that ensures liberty and justice for all. But our work, built on the hopes of our grandmothers, mothers, sisters and daughters, is testament to the power of our shared belief in that promise. It is we who must build the path forward on our journey.

As we look at our polarized country standing at this crossroads, we are filled with love for the many peoples of this nation. Despite disappointment and heartbreak, our resolve grounds us in hope for our future. Too often in the shadows, women’s hands have always been the strongest grip bending the arc of history towards justice.

Today, we recommit to take hold of that arc of history. As women, we stand united in our pledge to continue to take action to bring forward solutions. We know the politics of hate will not get us to the solutions we need.

As women of color, as leaders, we will build and lead us on a path forward. We must work together to hold civic, administrative and corporate decision makers accountable. To reach our full potential as people, and as a nation, this democracy must be owned by all of us, for all of us. We pledge our unity and determination to be ready, determined and united behind a vision and plan of action to become a nation where we can all live with dignity, care for our loved ones and the land, and thrive in freedom from all forms of inequality.

We can only get there, together. We invite you to journey with us.

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My work will not end at the ballot box. In the #First100Hours and #First100days, I will stand with women of color leadership. I will stand with women who are leading solutions that support a vision for Black lives, an end to violence against women and girls, power to make decisions about our bodies, health and reproduction, common sense immigration reform and an end to Islamophobia. I pledge to take action to pursue a democracy and economy where we all have an equal say, and an equal chance.

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Ai-jen Poo
National Domestic Workers Alliance / Caring Across Generations

Alicia Garza
Black Lives Matter, co-founder

Charlene Carruthers
Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100)

Eveline Shen
Forward Together

Jodeen Olguín-Tayler
Demos / Movement Strategy Center / Mijente

Judith LeBlanc
Native Organizers Alliance

Linda Sarsour
MyMuslimVote / MPower Change

Opal Tometi
Black Alliance for Just Immigration

Paulina Hernandez
Southeners on New Ground

Stacy Long Simmons
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Aarti Kohli
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus

Aditi Vaidya

Agunda Okeyo
artist / writer / performer

Alexis Flanagan
Ocean Ana Rising, Inc.

Amanda Alexander
University of Michigan

Amy Casso
Western States Center

Ana Maria Archila
Center for Popular Democracy

Andrea Cristina Mercado
We Belong Together

Andrea Serrano

Angela Adrar
Climate Justice Alliance

Angelique Been
Institute for Policy Studies

Annika M. Gifford
"The Network"

April N. Baskin
Jewish Community Leader

Arisha Hatch
Color of Change

Ash-Lee Henderson
Project South

Christine Ahn
Women Cross DMZ

Cindy Wiesner
Grassroots Global Justice / World March of Women

Corrine Sanchez
Tewa Women United

Cristina Jimenez Moreta
United We Dream

Deepa Isac

Denise Perry

Edith Sargon
Wellstone Action

Eesha Pandit
Center for Advancing Innovative Policy

Elizabeth Yeampierre

Ginna Green
Democracy Reform Activist

Haeyoung Yoon
National Employment Law Project

Heather McGhee
Demos Action

Jasleen Kohli
Racial Justice Educator

Jennifer Kim
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

Jessica González-Rojas
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

Joanne Smith
Girls for Gender Equity

Juana Flores
Mujeres Unidas y Activas

Julie Quiroz & MiMi Ho
Movement Strategy Center

Kandi Mossett
Indigenous Environmental Network

Kica Matos
Center for Community Change

Kimberle Crenshaw
African American Policy Forum

Klarissa Oh
Ending Childhood Sexual Abuse Activist

LaTosha Brown

Linda Burnham
National Domestic Workers Alliance

Linda Garcia Barnard
9to5, National Association of Working Women

Lizet Ocampo
People For the American Way

Luisa Blue, Rocio Saenz & Valarie Long

Malkia Cyril
Center for Media Justice

Marcia Olivo
Miami Workers Center

Mari Schimmer

Marielena Hincapie
National Immigration Law Center

Marisa Franco
Mijente / #Not1More

Melissa Harris-Perry
Anna Julia Cooper Project

Miriam Yeung
National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum

Miya Yoshitani
Asian Pacific Environmental Network

Monifa Bandele

Nafisah Ula
National Guestworker Alliance

Naila S. Arwan

Nakea West
Project Vote

Nan Stoops
Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Nancy Treviño
Power U Center for Social Change

Nelini Stamp
Working Families Party

Nellis Kennedy-Howard
Sierra Club

Nicole Matthews
Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition

Nikki Fortunato Bas
Partnership for Working Families

Nina Angela Mercer,
Ocean Ana Rising, Inc

Nita Chaudhary
UltraViolet Action

Onleilove Alston
PICO National Network

Patrisse Cullors
Dignity and Power Now

Puja Dhawan
Women's Equity & Anti-violence activist

Purvi Shah
Law For Black Lives

Rahna Epting
Every Voice

Rinku Sen
Race Forward

Sachie Hopkins-Hayakawa
New Economy Coalition

Salamishah & Scheherezade Tillet
A Long Walk Home

Samia Assed
Alburquerque Center for Peace and Justice

Sarita Gupta
Jobs With Justice

Shanti Lowry

Suman Raghunathan
South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)

Teresa C. Younger
Ms. Foundation for Women

Thenjiwe Tameika McHarris
Movement For Black Lives Policy Table

Tracy Sturdivant
Make It Work

Trina Greene Brown
Parenting for Liberation

Vaimoana Niumeitolu
Indigenious & Human Rights Leader

Vien Truong
Green For All

Wendy Chun-Hoon
Family Values @ Work

Xochitl Oseguera

Yavilah McCoy

Yong Jung Cho