Saturday, November 12, 2016

In Response to the Presidential Election

In Response to the Presidential Election 

To all MEChA Chapters, Centrales, and Regions,

We, the National MEChA Coordinating Council of the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán, are deeply disturbed and saddened by the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election. The past 24 hours we have witnessed a grave injustice occur against the nation we find ourselves in. A man unqualified to serve as “leader of the free world” has seized power. He is dangerous, as are those who support him. We have heard this kind of hateful rhetoric before, and it has pierced our hearts and minds and seeks to weaken our resolve. They have alluded to causing us physical harm, deporting immigrants, breaking families apart, further militarizing the U.S. southern border, and a myriad of other divisive tactics meant to oppress our communities.

This shameless individual will inevitably be the next President of the United States. The Republican party will control the House of Representatives, Senate and Supreme Court. In the past we have been subject to oppression from both sides of the U.S. political system, and together we have overcome comparable obstacles. Each chapter knows the best course of action to take to defend their communities moving forward.

We only seek to carve a place for ourselves in this world, and too often our determination for existence is met with hostility. In this time of great despondency, we ask our members across the country to gather their courage and stand strong together. Comfort each other and look ahead to the fight we now face. From Ferguson to Standing Rock, the last few years have set the stage for the future of all marginalized groups in this country, and we must stand together for our fellow Black, Brown, LGBTQIA+, Native American, and Undocumented Immigrant+ human beings. Many of us find ourselves disillusioned, depressed, and perhaps unable to comprehend what new challenges we will now face. We ask that you all comfort your allies, your families, and yourselves. As we continue to press forward, let us remember to reflect and heal often.

La Gente Unida, Jamas Sera Vencida

2016-17 National MEChA Coordinating Council

Additional Resources:

Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
Trevor Project: 866-488-7386 (trevorproject.org for more ways to talk)
American Civil Liberties Union Immigrant Rights: https://www.aclu.org/issues/immigrants-rights
My (Un)Documented Life: https://mydocumentedlife.org/
United We Dream: http://unitedwedream.org/