Dear Friends,

You were upset when I wrote that I was honored when people took to the street in nonviolent protest, letting the world know they opposed the hateful rhetoric of our President Elect. I write this note to explain why I stand by my words.

Since Tuesday's election, Americans have marched in support of gays, lesbians, transgendered, Muslims, Latinos, women who have been sexually abused, Mexicans, Disabled, Gold Star parents, Veterans, and so many more.

These nonviolent protestors stand in solidarity with those who have been threatened, belittled, mocked and dismissed by our President Elect. They shout to the world that Americans do not support the hateful words of Donald Trump, the man who is about to assume the highest office in our country.

Nonviolent protestors follow in the footsteps of our world's greatest leaders, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. Through nonviolent protest, these leaders focused the eyes of the world on injustice.

Thank you Nonviolent Protestors for telling the world that we are ONE with those who have been denigrated. We will NEVER be silent in the face of discrimination. We will NEVER be silent when women are sexually abused. We are Americans and We are better than that!

Respectfully,

Mary Hoeft

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Mary Hoeft's Statement on Trump Protests Across the Country

Thursday, November 10, 2016 | Posted by Ben Dryden

Mary Hoeft took to Facebook this morning to share her message regarding thousands of anti-Trump protesters that took to the streets in U.S. cities.

Friends,

Last night, Americans took to the streets, speaking out against a man who openly and freely expressed anti-Muslim, anti-Woman, anti-Mexican, anti-Gay, anti-Physically Challenged sentiments-- and the list goes on and on.

I am honored that these men and women took to the streets to say "This is NOT the America we are. We are so much more than the hateful ideology espoused by Donald Trump."

Take the time you need to grieve. Then, ACT. Do something that makes a LOUD statement. Show the world, through your actions, that we do not share the values espoused by our newly elected President.

Volunteer at a Women's Shelter. Host a family from Syria. Teach English to a member of the Somali Community. Write a letter to your newspaper's Sound Off Column. Run for office.

Show the world that we are not Americans who support the hateful ideas expressed by our newly elected President. We are BETTER than him.

Sincerely,

Mary

[Image via maryhoeftforcongress.com]


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