A Milestone and A Steppingstone
There is no doubt that the past weeks have been especially difficult for our democracy. Words like unprecedented and historic flood the news in the most negative way. And we can’t help but despair.
At times like these, I take heart from the many positive, unprecedented and historic changes that Americans have made. They remind me what we the people are capable of—that a more perfect union isn’t only a destination but a path we all must intentionally and persistently choose to walk together.
In 1974, when Kip Tiernan saw homeless women dressing up as men to receive help, she thought, We can do better. And that’s exactly what she did, founding Rosie’s Place with the support of her friends, as the first women’s shelter in the nation.
Today, 47 years later, Kamala Harris will become the first woman, first Black person and first person of Asian descent to serve as Vice President of the United States. While we at Rosie’s Place celebrate this milestone—we know it must also be one more steppingstone—on the too long road to social justice. Much work still lies ahead for our country if we are to build a more just and welcoming America that respects and reflects all of us.
We can do better and we must. With the support of friends like you who are committed to this journey, together, we will.
In celebration and solidarity,