Transformative Change is Still Possible. Even Today.

By Elizabeth Johnsen

The morning after election day, we sent out a letter titled “The Road Ahead for Social Justice” reminding you all that “transformative positive change is possible, even amidst the ashes of this divisive and ugly election.” Today, on the morning of Donald J. Trump’s presidential inauguration, we stand by these words. And we would like to go further by saying that we are standing with you in this new fight, in this new era, in this new reality. We are here for you as a resource and a partner. We are here to listen, to hold space for transformative dialogue, to amplify your work, and to build an already growing network.

Next week, we are launching The Road Ahead for Social Justice – a series of tools and webinars, released over the coming months, that will address the challenges ahead and provide guidance on countering them through a powerful shared narrative. We ask that you join us in this #Road4SJ series and hope you will contribute your thoughts, participation, feedback, and voice.Drawing of a road and the horizon reads "road ahead for social justice." The Opportunity Agenda logo is the sun.

These approaches, along with engaging cultural strategies, activating change agents, and uplifting the intersectionality of our shared work, are key to countering right wing opposition. They also serve as the basis for our strategy in entering this new public discourse.

Now, more than ever, we need to remember to center our message on values, to tell an affirmative story, and to focus on real solutions.

We look forward to working – and resisting – more closely together than perhaps we have ever before. Together, we will not only endure, but prevail.

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