February 3, 2017
Along with so many others around the world, we were horrified to see the xenophobic and bigoted ideology of our president turned into action this week. Much has already been said on the topic by leaders and organizations near and far, but we could not stay silent.
Alice’s board and membership stand shoulder-to-shoulder with refugees and immigrants whose very lives are threatened by President Trump’s outrageous and unconstitutional executive order.
Last fall, our Club crafted and adopted a mission statement that more accurately reflects the advances made by the LGBT community since our founding, and the work that will always need to be done on behalf of all marginalized communities, including our own. It was a long process during which we looked back at our history, surveyed our members and predecessors, and clarified our values. Our work culminated in a statement we can be proud of, and one that we hope will serve as a guiding principle for us in the years to come. It can be found in its entirety on our website, but here is the most salient part: we are dedicated to advocating “for human rights, social and economic justice, and equality for all persons.” This could not be more relevant to the times we live in.
As an organization that has fought for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality and elected representation for over 45 years, we are and always will be in solidarity with others who are unfairly targeted, disenfranchised and denied basic civil rights. We are in solidarity with immigrant communities and refugees everywhere. We are in solidarity with women who are threatened by attacks on contraception, access to abortion, and health care. We are in solidarity with marginalized communities that are the most vulnerable to the cuts that Republicans champion at all levels of government.
Solidarity means standing up to fight when it matters, and Alice has already started this year. We were there to rally for health care with Leader Pelosi. We were out in force as a contingent at the San Francisco Women’s March. And our members showed up at the airport to protest this weekend – images beamed around the world.
Solidarity also means doing more than just showing up, but actually working to make things better. That’s what Alice does best. We’ll have more to share on that in the coming months.
In the meantime, we will continue to be there on the front lines. We have been there for our entire history, and, particularly in this moment, we will not back down.
Eric Lukoff & Lou Fischer
Co-Chairs, Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club