To the millions of immigrants, Muslims, people of color, LGBT people, women, people with disabilities, and everyone who is threatened by the President-Elect and his administration, we want you to know: we are with you.
We are with you now. And we will be with you every day for the next four years.
American Jews are a multiracial and multiethnic community, and 76% of us voted against Donald Trump. We voted against him because we know all too well the dangers of fascistic regimes that rise to power through stigmatization and scapegoating of vulnerable minority populations. And we felt — in our bodies and in our bones — that Trump was presenting a vision of the country completely at odds with our Jewish and American values.
Now, together, we face a time of profound uncertainty. We all hope that our worst fears will not be realized, but we don’t know what will happen, or what kind of help you will need. Please know that in the event of any attempt by our government to wrongfully abridge your safety, liberty, or dignity, we pledge to stand with you in solidarity, to work alongside you using all of the spiritual, political and intellectual resources we possess.
You are not alone. We are with you.
Stosh Cotler, CEO Bend the Arc Jewish Action
Alex Soros, Board Chair Bend the Arc Jewish Action
Rabbi Sharon Brous
To President-elect Trump:
We write to you today as American Jews and American Muslims, united by our deep concern with your appointment of Stephen Bannon as senior counselor and chief strategist.
Bannon is a professional purveyor of white nationalist rhetoric. As the former editor in chief of Breitbart, he has grown the alt-right movement, which gives voice to, and celebrates, white nationalists who seek the removal of all Muslims, Jews, African-Americans, Latinos and immigrants from our nation.
On January 20, 2017, you become the President of our diverse, pluralistic, multicultural nation and all of its people, like us. We are not going away and we will not be silent when the safety or civil liberties of any group of Americans is threatened. Throughout your campaign, we were alarmed by how closely your rhetoric echoed that of white nationalists who imperil our families and communities. In your victory speech you promised to "bind the wounds of division," and we expect that you carry out those words; if not, we are left with the logical conclusion that your promise was empty rhetoric.
Hate has no place in the White House. We urge you to withdraw your appointment of Bannon immediately and refrain from appointing or hiring any other individuals who advocate for similarly hateful agendas in your Administration.
Salam Al-Marayati, President, Muslim Public Affairs Council
Stosh Cotler, CEO, Bend the Arc Jewish Action