Waiting to Exhale

Categories: Advocacy, Blog, in the news

To our YW Family,

Yesterday, our nation observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Tomorrow, we will witness history made possible by his legacy: Kamala Harris—the first woman, a Black and Asian-American woman, and the daughter of immigrants—will be sworn in as the Vice President of the United States. But today, and for most of last week, I am holding my breath, waiting to exhale. I don’t know if it will be a sigh of relief or exasperation.

Our country, our communities, and even our families, are divided by ideologies that are integral to who we are. It seems to be getting harder and harder to recognize that even if we have vastly different opinions, I believe we have the same goal–to strengthen our communities and help our country thrive.

Fifty-eight years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. led the March on Washington, a demonstration and peaceful protest that gained momentum for the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Fourteen days ago, the United States Capitol was stormed, resulting in the loss of five lives and revealing just how deep the the divide is. History is made in moments like these, and it’s easy to think that we don’t have a say in what happens next, but we do. We can choose kindness. We can look at this new chapter with optimism, and act with a sense of common purpose.

While I am optimistic that the inauguration process and transitional period will be peaceful, I do want to provide practical safety precautions in response to rumored demonstrations throughout the week:
  • Keep your gas tanks full, but avoid unnecessary travel.
  • Have essential medications on hand.
  • Have plenty of groceries for the week.

Whether you feel anxious or hopeful about tomorrow, just know that YWCA Princeton will be here for you. We have plenty of work to do in 2021, and plenty to celebrate.

In Peace and Solidarity,

Tay L. Walker
YWCA Princeton CEO