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‘me too.’ Statement on President Elect Joe Biden and Vice President Elect Kamala Harris

We are here because survivors everywhere who said ‘me too,’ have also made it clear that we are powerful, resilient, and a force to be reckoned with in our communities and at the polls. We embody and elect leadership that puts the needs of the country before profit and control.

 When we reflect on this year, it will undoubtedly be marked by tragedy, loss, and hardship. But it will also be marked by how, amidst our collective trauma and grief, we mobilized against a dangerous political agenda that would have further devastated our communities and unraveled much of our movement’s hard-won momentum. We showed up for ourselves, and those of us who are most affected by injustice — Black people, Indigenous people, Latinx people, and other people of color. LGBTQIA people, gender non-conforming people, young folks, workers, immigrants with or without legal protections, those who are disabled, those currently or formerly incarcerated. 

But our work is far from over. Over the next four years and beyond, we must hold our elected officials at the federal, state, and local levels accountable to the promises made during this election. We must end the practice of using survivors and our stories as political pawns to win races without seeing real, systemic change, especially at the expense of Black life. We’ve created the conditions for progress, and that widens the opportunity for us to interrupt sexual violence within our own communities, and dismantle the systems that allow for it and other harms to go unchecked. 

Our communities hold the answers to unraveling generations of systemic and institutional harm, and together we will do the work. Together, we will demand to have our voices heard, and we will continue to organize and advance an agenda that ensures the safety, well-being, and protections under the law for us all.

We congratulate President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their historic win.  We look forward to working with them and their administration on moving the Survivors Agenda forward.

Tarana Burke 
The ‘me too.’ Movement

Dani Ayers 
Chief Executive Officer
The ‘me too.’ Movement