It’s hard to know what to say right now.
Last night, Americans faced a hard truth: racism, sexism, xenophobia, bigotry, hatred and fear are still very much alive and well in our country. Those darkest, ugliest impulses celebrated an enormous victory last night.
But I’m writing to make a commitment to you, and to everyone I love, that we will not let this kill our spirit.
As a Mexican woman and daughter of immigrants, the election of Donald Trump’s makes me deeply scared and sad for my community. Right now, I’m in Berkeley, surrounded by our small team of organizers and amazing student leaders. Most are women, queer, and/or people of color, which will make the coming years of living under a Trump administration that much more uncertain and terrifying for all of us.
But in the face of this fear and sadness, I am deeply grateful for the love and strength I’m finding in our movement, our network, and our community.
Many of us still need some time to process, rest, and grieve. (I know I do.) But, once we’ve taken the rest we need, we need to get up and get ready for the fight of our lives. Because the lives, rights, and dignity of millions of people of color, women, immigrants, queer and trans folks are on the line. Our chance of saving a livable future on this planet is in peril.
I say this not to scare you. We’re all plenty scared already. I say this to call you to stand up and fight. We owe it to ourselves, to everyone we love, and to our entire planet to not lie down and give up today. Now is the time to fight and organize harder than many of us ever have.
In the coming months and years, we will need to embody deep solidarity with one another—from the personal level to the international—in order to build the future we so urgently need.
In Assata Shakur’s powerful words: “We must love and support one another.” We started the Power Shift Network to build a more interconnected and resilient movement based on collaboration, love and respect. As we gear up for this fight, I can see that it’s more important than ever that we invest in our movement, and in each other.
Finally, remember that what so many smart, incredible people have said in many different ways is still true: elections alone won’t fix this fractured system. But our movement will.
A few next steps we can take now:
This might seem insignificant in the face of overwhelming terror, but: if you are looking for a place to connect, strategize, support, listen to each other, and plan next steps, then I want to encourage you to join our network on Slack, a digital space where we’ll be continuing these hard conversations and planning this work for the months and years to come.
Tonight, November 9, peaceful vigils are being organized all around the country. Click here to find one near you.
I also encourage you to sign the #Our100 pledge from women leaders or color here.