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Feel free to take a small step toward friendship


Letter to the editor written last week by a Canby Herald reader.

This election season has produced a lot of raw emotions. We at Bridging Cultures Canby want to be part of our community coming together. Our mission is about transformative cross-cultural friendships. During this election season, people in different groups (Latinos, Trump supporters, Muslims, liberals, women, and many others) have felt ignored, belittled, insulted and demonized. Some of us are surprised to know our neighbors and friends could support the candidate they supported.

At Bridging Cultures we are not a political organization but what we do has become political.

Many of us have felt discomfort when we don't understand what is being said in a foreign language, or when we see signs that the community isn't the same as it used to be. At Bridging Cultures we choose to make friendships, even when we're uncomfortable.

When we take that small—sometimes difficult—step, we soon find we've made friends. We find that we're more confident and feel better about ourselves and our community.

So we at Bridging Cultures Canby bring people together (everyone is welcome) for food, music and entertainment. We support English as a Second Language Classes. We have worked to help those of us, and of our neighbors, who are undocumented to achieve legal residence and keep their families together. We won't stop doing that, regardless of the political climate. We do it because we care about our friends and neighbors.

The presidential candidates' slogans were "Make America great again," and "Stronger together." We want to be part of a community and a nation that is great, strong and together. Many of you joined us for our recent

Thanksgiving celebration or put up one of our yard signs. If you'd like to get involved, visit our Facebook page or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Jason Gingerich