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12 Nov 2016

Amol Mehra, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR)

Progressives, Unite: Commentary by Amol Mehra, ICAR

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The shocking election results in this year’s Presidential election have sent shivers through the progressive community. The future leadership of the world’s strongest democracy is a polarizing business man who appealed to a latent frustration in the American electorate for change - not a change towards a new ideal, but rather a reversion to a time long passed where women, immigrants and others are less than equal.

Worse still, the tone from the top will also surely effect the entire nature of our society, including the very institutions that were set up to ensure the rights of all people are respected, and to hold accountable those that seek to profit off of abuse, including corporations. What we have, therefore, is no longer a hypothetical threat to the progressive community, but a real and resourced one.

The antidote for the spread of fear, hate and intolerance is simple: unity...