An open letter to Jared Kushner, from your NYU law school classmates

An earlier version of this letter was sent Dec. 16 to Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser. We received no reply

Published January 29, 2017 6:30PM (EST)

Jared Kushner, husband to Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka, stands behind his father-in-law, President Donald Trump. (Getty/Chip Somodevilla)
Jared Kushner, husband to Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka, stands behind his father-in-law, President Donald Trump. (Getty/Chip Somodevilla)

Dear Jared,

We, your classmates from NYU School of Law’s Class of 2007, have serious concerns regarding Mr. Trump’s stated priorities and policy proposals. We have never known you to be anything less than intelligent and thoughtful. You have donated incredibly generously to the Law School that nurtured and educated us all.

We appeal to you, the grandchild of Holocaust survivors, to use your deep sense of compassion to influence the Trump Administration in a positive way. Tens of thousands of Syrian children — children no different than your grandmother, whose lives have been marred by a war they did not choose — rely on your sense of compassion. Undocumented persons who contribute mightily to the wealth and fabric of our great nation rely on your sense of compassion. Women and the LGBTQ community, groups which are understandably fearful given Mr. Pence’s abysmal record on reproductive justice and anti-discrimination laws, rely on your sense of compassion. People of color, vexed by the alt-right’s enthusiastic embrace of Mr. Trump’s candidacy, rely on your sense of compassion. The national parks, forests, and monuments, priceless treasures of our Republic — they cannot speak, but they, too, need a compassionate advocate in the White House.

Jared, you, a member of a historically despised religious minority, have enjoyed a first-class education and unparalleled privilege in this inestimable country. Please exercise your power and your incredible access to ensure that members of other historically despised groups have an opportunity to enjoy some of the same privileges that have been extended to you.


Members of the NYU School of Law Class of 2007
Musa Ali Rose Angulo
Bradley Bakker
Mana Barari
Amy S. Beard
Andy Beck
Katherine Brown
Sarah Burleson
Anna Cavnar
Lily Chang
Geraint Chen
Jessica Chicco
Marcia Del Rios
Nicole German DiSchino
David Farkas
David Firestone
Becky Fisher
Ilmi Granoff
Melanie Grossman
Patricia Halling
Melanie Hirsch
Angel Ho
Paul Hyun
Samantha Koplik
Bryan Kreykes
Daniel Lewis
Dave Lin
Ani Mason
Daniel Matza-Brown
Ian McDonald
Anne McShane
Margaret Middleton
Adam Miller
Carolyn O’Leary
Sarah Parady
Colin Parent
Nazan Riahei
Lawrence Robinson
Nicole Leyton Rosser
Marc Schaeffer
Megan Thomas Scott
Shanda Sibley
Mike Soutar
Sheila Vasantharam
Kimmy Walker
Jen Wagner
Kearey Wan
Alyssa Watzman
Aaron Williamson
Asaf Yeshaya
Rebecca Davidson Zipp

By Rebecca Davidson Zipp

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