Dearest AFU family and friends:
In this very challenging time for everyone, I wanted to be sure to take a moment to express heartfelt gratitude for the AFU family. It is the strength, the friendship, and the love that has shown through the past several weeks as members have held each other up, dried each other’s tears, and encouraged each other to stand firm. And for the chance to experience that, I am grateful.
It is not the circumstances we would have wished for, nor do most of us feel like we need any more fortitude tests to show we are strong!.... and yet we are. And we will continue to be, perhaps even more so. And for the chance to be a part of that, I am also grateful.
There is simply no way to sugar coat it, next year will be a tough year. But, AFU will not just sit back idle. Regardless of the winner of the presidential election, we knew there would be a lot of work to do to fight for our families. And so, while it may be strategically different than we had hoped, we will keep on fighting for our rights as US citizens to be with our families here in the US. We will keep being a fierce voice to bring our exiled US citizen families home. It will take all of us, as shattered and tired as we are. I know we can do it.
In the next few months, you will see a lot more updates in regards to our plans. I know you will want to stay abreast of this news and our calls to action...so, please take the time to make sure that these emails are not going to spam and that the information in your AFU profile is up to date. We are hoping to employ a lot more strategic opportunities via email, phone, Facebook, and Twitter that will require everyone's attention.
I would also like to take this time to ask seriously that you consider including AFU in your year-end donations, to help with the intense lobbying we will be needing. As a reminder, no one at AFU gets a salary, everyone is a volunteer. All our funds go directly to support AFU’s lobbying and communication needs. Our needs are greater than ever right now, as you can imagine. Please go to our AFU website to donate, and could you ask other family and friends to do so as well? Even the smallest amount can help.
In December, please note we will also be sending out communications regarding membership dues. Unfortunately, the system has not been actively asking our members to pay their yearly dues for quite some time now and so perhaps when updating your profile, you might consider renewing if you have not already done so.
As families, all over America travel to be together tomorrow, we are reminded that many of our AFU families cannot do so. May we enjoy the incredible blessing of being with our family if we are able. And may we hold all our AFU family members who cannot in our hearts, as we fight on to the day that all our families will be together.
Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.
American Families United