As the days go by and we prepare for a new administration, I wanted to share a few thoughts. In the context of uncertainty, there are some very important things that have not changed. Most importantly, LAYC’s values have not changed. They are the values that have grounded LAYC since we were founded almost 50 years ago.
LAYC stands for the following:
- Dignity: All people deserve to be treated with full respect.
- Self-determination: All people have the right to live their whole selves and their heritage/culture as they see fit, without fear, reprisal, or oppression.
- Inclusiveness: LAYC welcomes people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, culture, or immigration status. We actively seek diversity. Different perspectives are essential to the work we do and to a more just society.
- Youth empowerment: We support youth in developing their identities and sense of agency so that they can contribute to the betterment of the community and nation and embark on a purposeful future.
- Community: LAYC grew out of this community and continues to respect, support, and engage local voices as they are the foundation on which real progress can be made.
Our values are connected to and shared by so many, including national organizations like National Council of La Raza (NCLR), Black Lives Matter, DREAMers and the wider progressive national community.
Because of these values, we will always support immigrants, Muslims, African Americans, LGBTQ people, women, and all people who are marginalized and silenced by bigoted ideas, actions, and policies.
In the months and years to come, LAYC will continue to advocate for policies that support all oppressed communities. The values we stood for on November 7th are the same values we held on November 9th—the same values we will fight for today and in the future. Remembering our values will help us through the tough times. We must remain grounded in them and intentional in all that we do to be a welcoming safe space for all.