It feels good to breathe again. After two years of shallow breathes and holding my breathe, the Midterm results concluded with a giant exhale.
I know we’re breathing as we’ve taken a pause in crisis management and are talking about daily life more than political necessity. The light of humanity, diversity, inclusion, love, and hope is shining again. This is how Democracy works when people show up and vote!
115 million Americans voted in the 2018 midterms, breaking a record set 104 years ago (that seems crazy doesn’t it?!). Our 2019 Congressional Leaders are beautiful - representing the melting pot of America, resembling the true colors and nature of our country.
Idaho, Utah and Nebraska voted for the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid Expansion. Over a million Felons can now vote in the next Florida election. And if you watched Rachel Maddow since November 6, you’ll see the youngest members of Congress (women of color!), Native American members of Congress (also women!) and you’ll be reminded that THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!
Of course there is still much to do. 2020 is going to be a crowded and intense field. We’ll have amazing candidates to choose from and we’re going to have to CHOOSE. A unified choice, as in getting whole-heartedly behind whoever wins the nomination.
Our commitment to create a more whole, caring and empathetic future is working.
With the holiday season upon us, I wanted to take a moment to express my deepest gratitude and thank each of you for your activism, your commitment to progress, humanity, equality, environmentalism and, as my wife and muse says, for DOING LOVE. Love is a very active verb.
I appreciate you reading and sharing these emails. I appreciate you taking action. I appreciate the notes of encouragement and support. It’s been a heart-wrenching two years and while we’re still in the shadow of cruelty, our light is bright and we are luring people out of the darkness to come towards our light.
TODAY’S EASY ACTIVISM
Mike Espy, Senate candidate in Mississippi faces a runoff on November 27th. His opponent talked about attending a public hanging in the front row. Espy is an African American man. Let’s help him win - DONATE if you can.
I have made calls to support Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House. I know there are other leaders who would do this job well. Nancy Pelosi got us to this point, this path where we can affect change and hold the GOP accountable. Her vilification has been manufactured by the right. Let’s not take another woman to task because they have made her a pariah. She is a strong and smart woman. Let’s support her for the next two years. She can do this job. And if you’re wavering, google her and read the endorsements of brilliant minds who trust her implicitly.
In gratitude and love -