The past few weeks have felt, and continue to feel, devastating, as we grapple with the reality of what the incoming administration will mean for our communities, for our world and for the future of our planet. Like many of you, we have been checking in, gathering, strategizing and building with our G.A.P. community, towards fortifying ourselves to effectively resist this wave of authoritarianism and escalation of white supremacist, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant, misogynist, transphobic, homophobic, ableist and anti-Semitic attacks.
For 25 years, G.A.P. has been building safe and transformative spaces where youth impacted by injustice— youth of color, immigrant youth, trans youth, queer youth, Muslim youth—come together and collectively envision alternative futures, using those visions to fight the injustices in our current reality. In a time where voices of dissent are threatened, our work to expand—and protect—spaces where young people most impacted by these attacks come together to create powerful counter-narratives, feels incredibly urgent.
Just as urgent is the need to come together in community and build our collective resilience and bravery. In these times, we want to prioritize bringing together our G.A.P. community—our youth leaders, alumni, partners and supporters. We hope that you will join us on December 6th to honor 25 years of visionary justice-seeking work and provide critical support towards continuing to deepen our vision, our solidarity and our resistance.