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posted Friday, October 12, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 41
An open letter to the community on the Kavanaugh appointment from GSBA President and CEO Louise Chernin
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An open letter to the community on the Kavanaugh appointment from GSBA President and CEO Louise Chernin

Dear GSBA Community,

Anger, some hope, disbelief, sick to my stomach, and despair are some of the emotions that I have felt in the last few weeks during the Kavanaugh hearings. Although I had no confidence in a good outcome, I had to admit I continued to have some hope that we could move just two Senators to show some backbone to do the right thing, but that was one serious delusion on my part. Although I want to crawl under some blankets and give up, I know what I must do - what we all must do. After giving ourselves a very brief time to lick our wounds, we must pick ourselves up and get back to the business of doing all we can to change the narrative of a runaway right-leaning, highly politicized Supreme Court overturning the last fifty years of laws and decisions that were fought to make justice under the law a reality.

Some of this despair is not new. Since 2016, we have all been witness to another runaway moral train under the executive branch, with a legislative branch that at its best is looking the other way, and at its worst cheering number 45 on. This is the collapse of a system built on checks and balances, and the only arm that still has some power to change this is the populace - that would be you and me. We have been there before and we have risen to the occasion. This country survived a Civil War (although that is a very bad example, give the rampant racism that runs through the DNA of this country); some lived through World War II, the McCarthy era, the Civil Rights, Women's Liberation, Gay Rights and Viet Nam eras. Many good people fought bitterly to address the discrimination, racism, woman-hating misogyny, homophobia, transphobia and unjust wars fought in our name. It was because of their work, that laws were changed and some progress was made, but too many of the changes were only on the surface and so continue to fester and do harm.

We need to continue the work started by our past heroes. In states like Washington, we need to ensure there is a strong majority of progressive, thoughtful leaders. In states where the legislature is opposing equality and progress, we need to change that dynamic. We must all do everything we are able to change the balance of power in Congress and in state governments in this mid-term election and start working to ensure that the next President is one who is fit to lead this country. This is within our power and it is our moral and civic commitment to accomplish this.

Step one: make sure you are registered to vote. Step two: make sure your friends, family and co-workers are registered to vote. Most importantly of all, step three: Get out and Vote!

'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.' - Margaret Mead

For equality,

Louise

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