My heart is heavy today as I struggle to comprehend the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States and the impact this will have on our communities.
For me, and for many of us, this election was deeply personal. Beyond the impact on national policy on important issues like healthcare and reproductive rights, judicial appointments, enforcement and advancement of civil rights, trade agreements, and immigration, this election feels like a referendum on the values that we hold dearest: basic human dignity, equality, fairness, and respect.
We cannot know what was in the hearts of those who voted for Donald Trump. But the election of a man who blatantly lied, twisted the truth, boasted xenophobia and misogyny, and manipulated the public's fears and insecurities to his own advantage is heartbreaking. Many of us, particularly women, people of color, queer and trans folks, immigrants, Muslims, people with disabilities, will be directly impacted by the vitriolic and hateful rhetoric that Trump's campaign normalized.
Those of us who are fortunate enough to live in California - and especially the Bay Area - will still be deeply impacted. Our obligation as a community is to rally the majority of voters in the country and see that progressive values continue to advance locally and nationwide.
For myself and the staff at the Center, we need a moment to take stock, to understand what has happened, to take a breath. And then to rededicate ourselves to the fight for full equality. For fairness. For the right to equal education and jobs and healthcare and housing. For the right for every one of us to be treated with respect and dignity regardless of who we love, where we were born, how we worship, our gender, race, culture, or ethnicity.
In her concession speech Secretary Hillary Clinton rightly said that her campaign was never about one person, " ... it was about the country we love and building an America that is hopeful, inclusive, and big-hearted."
We agree and I urge you to join us in continuing the fight for what's right.