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Union Faculty React to the Election of Donald Trump

Dear UTS Friends,
We, the undersigned faculty of Union Theological Seminary, believe it is crucial to express our deep concerns about the results of the November 8, 2016 election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. In his campaign, President-elect Trump has blasphemed the most fundamental values of our community and our nation. His campaign relied on misinformation, fear, and racial and ethnic hatred. His election is of grave concern to us all.
The diplomatic, financial, and cultural consequences of this election are inestimable. The strengthening of public education seems a dream of the past, as do Obamacare and Dodd-Frank. Labor seems destined to continue its uphill struggle. Our work to expand voting rights and end mass incarceration has been seriously wounded. The devastation of climate change has been ignored. Our standing in the world, even with our longtime allies, has been undermined.
And most unacceptable and outrageous, our highest elected leader has used rhetoric that demeans the dignity of women, people of color, immigrants, the LGBTQIA+ community, and Muslims. We strongly protest all such hate speech and racist rhetoric and their dangerous consequences. The worst sins of our brutally racist American past must not now become an unfettered reality in our American present and future.
In the face of this devastating reality, we, the faculty of Union, write this letter to our students, alumni/ae and friends to publicly reaffirm the values that hold us together. We commit ourselves to standing together against these forces of harm and to working together for

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