Dear Bradley Angle Community,
This election has been challenging for so many of us. topics such as anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, sexual assault and misogyny were an unavoidable part of our local and national conversations.
As advocates–for ourselves and other survivors–many of us had been fighting to tell our stories for decades. But our voices were not centered in this long-overdue conversation and we were subjected to justifications and dismissals by abusers. As members of marginalized communities, many of us experience various forms of violence on a daily basis. This left many of us feeling alone, invalidated, hopeless, angry.
And the result of yesterday’s presidential election has underscored those feelings for many of us.
But today, we write to make it clear that we are in this together. We’re caring for ourselves, but we are also here to support you.
We want to acknowledge how triggering this election season has been and that there has been a recent increase of hate violence enacted against many members of our communities. We want to offer our support. If you need support around resources or to talk, cry, or rage with another, please give us a call. Renee Anderson can be reached at 503.595.9591 x. 302, Kiera Hansen is available at 503.595.9591 x. 323 and Robin Davis is available at 503.595.9591 x. 308.
Our partners at Call to Safety (503.235.5333) and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800.273.8255) are also available 24/7. The Trevor Project (866.488.7386) and Trans Lifeline (877.565.8860) are also available 24/7 for LGBTQ and trans people, respectively.
Please reach out if that’s what’s right for you.
With love and justice in our hearts,
Bradley Angle Staff