There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh…
The US elections have given people in the US and around the world the opportunity to think how our politics are intertwined with our daily realities.
The elections have demonstrated that we care about our future. More than 150 million of us exercised our right to vote in a process where the character of the United States and its relationship with the global community was on the ballot.
The results of this election have not changed systemic injustices that lie at the heart of recent mass mobilizations in our country, including racism, poverty, inequality, immigration policies, and a pandemic that exacerbates all of the above.
We now, however, have an opportunity to bring a new attitude to our work for social justice in the US and to our relationships with our neighbors in Central and South America. The new narrative can be centered around values of sanctuary, security, and freedom from violence and oppression. This new narrative will center on work that benefits the US and Central America. Our task will be to continue to help people understand this work.
Now is the time to rejoice. We will have opportunities and challenges. We must keep vigilant and demand actions and new policies to fulfill the promises made during the campaign. We must continue to work toward that more just world we wish to see: one in which we all have access to basic human rights like safety, housing, education, water, and healthcare; one in which we have a more just US foreign policy toward Central America; one in which our immigration policies respect the dignity and rights of migrants; one in which we care for our planet and the people most impacted by climate change; one in which we finally end the historic ongoing oppression of Black people, Indigenous people and all people of color in the US and the world. We will keep dreaming and struggling to make that dream a reality.
This is a time to celebrate the democratic process, but never to forget that the seasons, as in Ecclesiastes, have to be recognized in order to support the dignity of all people here in the United States, in Central America and in all the corners of our planet.