Today marks a historic election day. How will it impact those of us in the nonprofit sector and the issues we care so deeply about?
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said:
The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.
This idea has kept me going through this seemingly never-ending election year.
Although I’ve always been emotional about politics in the past (especially when it comes to issues I care deeply about), this election seems less about policy and more about morality and justice.
Questions We Ask Ourselves
As this election season finally comes to a close, there are a number of important question we must ask ourselves:
- Will we embrace immigrants and refugees, or will we build a wall to keep them out?
- Will we work to protect the earth and the environment, or will we deny a problem exists?
- Will we protect women, or will we allow them to be demeaned and groped (or worse)?
- Will we provide higher education to all, or only to those who can afford it?
- Will we offer healthcare to those who need it most, or allow employers to make our decisions?
These issues, and so many others, are central reasons I got into the nonprofit sector in the first place. Issues of social justice and human rights are why I work so hard to help so many people raise funds — it’s all about making the world a better place.
How Do We Make the World a Better Place?
To me, Dr. King’s quote embodies the nonprofit sector. Every single day in our work, we fight for:
- Better education
- Improved healthcare
- Equal rights for minorities and women
- A clean environment
- Housing the homeless
- Feeding the poor
The list goes on and on.
We each represent such valuable causes, and every single one is worthy of our time and passion.
The Rise of Hatred and Division
This year’s election has brought out an entirely new level of hatred and division — one like we’ve never seen before. Our democratic process has literally been called into question, and groups like the KKK have been reinvigorated to unimaginable boldness and legitimacy.
This year, a candidate that’s considered by most — even his own supporters — to be racist, misogynistic, bombastic and xenophobic, has risen to the top of one of our major political parties. He’s already reshaped politics in many alarming ways, amplifying the voices of hate groups and bullies everywhere.
If we, as a nation, elect someone like that, aren’t we also validating the quality of his character?
So many of the issues we fight for in the nonprofit sector — like ending violence against women, saving our planet, putting a stop to racism and hatred — all of these things could be set back years based on the choice we make at the voting booth.
It’s a Referendum on Morality
Regardless of your political affiliation, today we’re all deciding whether this sort of attitude and behavior is acceptable at the highest levels of our nation. Because if it’s acceptable there, it won’t be long before it filters down to the rest of us… and our children.
Although the country is deeply divided, I am confident that the arc of the moral universe indeed bends toward justice. You can help it along with your vote.
So please, vote today — make a difference.