Today is post-election time in the United States of America. The end of a long and bruising period, in which the people in the country had a choice in what to do with their legitimate anger about a government and economic system that did not “work” for the majority; for the 99%.
During that time of campaigning, we were glued to our screens, checking out the latest accusations and hyperbola. Meanwhile the world went on: there was a coup in Brazil, an election in Nicaragua, a devastating cholera outbreak in Haiti, war in Syria, refugees throughout the Middle East and Europe, a pipeline in North Dakota, the ability to vote taken away (for some), and more signs of global warming – illustrated in the warmest October since records have been kept.
It’s now November 9th….the day after election day and many of us have been left asking “Now what?”
Our work is the same!
There are the sick to be healed, the hungry to be fed, prisoners to be visited, our neighbors to love.
The call is the same!
To do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly. The challenge is to work together to answer that call, and to confront and change the systems which produce sickness, hunger, injustice and hatred among neighbors. To act and react with love, not anger.
We at IFCO are on the cusp of our 50th. We began our work in 1967 focusing on the needs of the neglected and disenfranchised across the United States and across the globe. From the rural and urban centers of the US to Africa, Central America and the Caribbean. Our mission: to assist oppressed people in their fight for self-determination and justice.
While this election has come and gone, the work that IFCO was born to do remains. Our commitment to stand with the youth, people of color, our family members in the LGBTQ community, women, those with disabilities, immigrants, those unjustly incarcerated and people of all faiths and traditions remain. And we remain committed to continuing our work to support our Cuban family and the continuation of efforts to lift the blockade and normalize relations with Cuba.
Undoubtedly, there are tremendous challenges ahead. But alone, we succumb to despair and frustration at the immensity of the task. It is only together that we can raise our voice as people of faith and conscience. Together we can hold each other’s hands as we stumble along the path – but we must stay on the path, and reach out for more and more hands. And – together, with time and courage – we shall overcome.