“Just like moons and like suns, with the certainty of tides, just like hopes springing high, still I’ll rise.” –Maya Angelou
Following a long, contentious presidential campaign, last Tuesday’s outcome has left many feeling disconnected and fearful of an uncertain future. Yet others feel elated. Indeed, we are a painfully divided nation.
In the aftermath of this historic election, now more than ever, we must come together as a community. We all want what’s best for the country, and here in the Bay Area, we share a vision of a thriving region. That’s why we need to double our efforts toward a more just East Bay – where our communities have supports in place to not only survive, but to thrive. At this transitional moment in history, we must continue our work to create a region where all people – regardless of ethnicity, gender expression, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, education level, disability, or nationality—have a voice in our democracy, and are engaged in civic life. The East Bay Community Foundation remains committed to our grantees and those who have faced the most barriers and challenges in accessing opportunities.
To that end, I am encouraged by last week’s state and local election results for our region.
- Took a stand for education, by passing Prop 55, Prop 58, and the many local ballot measures that support our young people, teachers and schools;
- Voted to fix our state’s broken criminal justice system, and to invest in rehabilitation programs that prevent crime, through the passing of Prop 57;
- Took important steps to ensure that working and low income families are able to afford housing in the region – by passing Alameda County’s Measure A1, and the more than half-dozen tenant protection measures on local ballots throughout the East Bay.
By passing these important ballot measures, we’ve staked a claim in the fight for a more just, inclusive, and equitable East Bay, and I am proud of our community for that. Moving forward, let us continue to work together and engage in the hard conversations –across sector, race, class, and differing communities – to begin crafting the equitable future that I believe we all want for our region and our country.
Thank you for being a part of the EBCF community. I look forward to continuing the work of social justice, together.
James W. Head
President & CEO