|LTSC’s Post-Election Statement|
LTSC’s Board of Directors and Executive Management team are committed to continuing to serve those in need and standing up for our communities. At a post-election community forum held in Little Tokyo on Sunday, November 16, Executive Director Dean Matsubayashi made the following statement:
On behalf of Little Tokyo Service Center, we are here today — as concerned citizens and caring human beings — to take a stand and speak up. Today is not a day to be quiet Americans. Today — and in the days to come — we must express our grave concern about the prospect of a Donald Trump Presidency and the impact it could have on the people and communities we serve. In doing so, we join many others across the country who have exercised their First Amendment rights in the last few days.
While the transfer of power has yet to take place, we already know from his many statements and actions what Donald Trump claims to represent, and what kind of platform and policies he is likely to advance. During the campaign:
And this does not even include the vulgar, racist, xenophobic, homophobic, and misogynistic statements he made during his campaign that are antithetical to LTSC’s vision, values and practice.
While we accept the results of Tuesday’s election, many of us remain shocked and dismayed. But going forward, all of us at LTSC pledge to continue to provide social services and counseling for those in need; advocate for and build much-needed affordable housing for low-income individuals and families; and work with others to maintain Little Tokyo as the historic and cultural center of the Japanese American community.
Beyond Little Tokyo and the Japanese American community, as has been our tradition, we will build collaborations, partnerships and coalitions with people from other communities to fight for social justice and equality for everyone. In the process, if the Trump Administration advances policies and priorities as promised during the campaign, we will stand in solidarity with others and stand up against them.
While the election has revealed a great deal of division in our country, it is our hope to promote and protect a more inclusive America.