Election 2020: I believe in you. I believe in us.

By Abby Maxman
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Oxfam America's President Abby Maxman on why every vote must be counted

I am writing this message of solidarity and standing together not only as Oxfam America’s president, but also as a voter, a parent, a citizen, and perhaps most importantly, a humanitarian.

This is not the kind of message I typically write–because, of course, none of what’s happening is typical, at least not in the U.S. In the world? Yes. In my work, I have experienced what it feels like to wait and to worry whether every single person’s vote will be counted.

And yet, I see resilience and commitment everywhere! Despite being in the middle of a global pandemic, we voted in record numbers. That’s why I am inspired to be patient and finish what we started–to ensure every vote is counted. I fervently believe that representation and voice, through voting, matters.

Even with all of this uncertainty and instability, one thing is beyond question: Oxfam America’s role in this moment. I know I speak for all of my colleagues when I say that no matter what, we are ever more committed to a just world without poverty. Today we remain rooted in foundational values of compassion, understanding, and kindness. And one more value: action. Action for what’s fair and with those who need it most. That too is part of our roots–and never has it been more critical.

Thank you for your unwavering support and for fighting for what is right. I believe in you. I believe in us. And I believe that every vote must be counted.

With you in spirit and solidarity,


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