We, the leaders of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, are deeply concerned for what the campaign and elections results will mean for those of us targeted by the White Supremacist, sexist, xenophobic, and homophobic ideology and language. We know how terrifying these last fews days have been for many and just how uncertain the future is looking.
We stand – and act – in opposition to the dehumanizing hatred and vitriol expressed in this election cycle. As an organization, we aspire to meet hatred with love and action, divisiveness with community-building and inclusion, and ignorance with education and support. As communities in Connecticut organize to oppose the racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, Islamophobia, and other systems of oppression given fresh voice and power in this election, we want to offer immediate support.
In response, the Memorial Fund is offering immediate support to communities in Connecticut responding to current and emerging threats, trauma and/or harassment related to these manifestations of hate and bias and oppression.
We invite you to apply for funding and/or meeting space to give immediate, urgent support to these communities. This support could include gatherings, nonviolent direct action, crisis response or therapeutic support that address the physical, social, emotional wellbeing and safety being threatened.
You are not alone; we are with you. More than ever, we are committed to our mission of creating equity by working with people affected and inspiring all to end racism and poverty.
Bill Graustein, David Addams, & Lisa Graustein