"No matter what happens, the sun will rise in the morning." That's what President Barack Obama told the country yesterday in an election night address:
The President was right of course. After a really, really bad night for many of us, the sun did rise this morning. And in light of this new day, we see can see some important things:
- Now more than ever, we must stand strong against racism, sexism, homophobia, and Islamophobia. Communities of color across the country are bracing for an increase in hate crimes. We cannot allow Trump's victory to validate a divisive and hateful approach to our differences.
- Together we are making a huge difference on the critical issues around Washington. Washington voters made a lot of great choices last night. We raised the minimum wage and strengthened protections against gun violence. We chose to invest in our future with Sound Transit 3; we chose progressive leaders for statewide offices ranging from Governor to Lieutenant Governor, Lands Commissioner, and Attorney General. We rejected conservative efforts to buy a seat on our state Supreme Court. And finally, we flipped several key state House and Senate seats.
- Now more than ever, our Washington is a beacon of hope for the country. Our efforts to increase equity, justice, sustainability, and accountability provide hope and inspiration across the United States. The whole country is counting on us, and we must continue to make progress.
In the shadow of last night's discouraging presidential election, I take some consolation in the words of Martin Luther King Jr., "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."
We are in this for the long run, and while we were short on electoral college votes yesterday, we are not short on resolve.
Today, all across our state, win or lose, candidates and political parties are closing down campaign offices. They're boxing up the office supplies and turning off the lights.
That's not the case at Fuse. In the wake of Donald Trump's win, our work is more important now than ever and we're just getting started. We will build on important state level electoral victories yesterday, and organize for the now more important than ever victories of the future.
Today we simply want you to know that because of you, Fuse is open for business. We understand better than ever how tough the work ahead will be. Even so, we're optimistic about the future for our state, and our to-do list is a mile long.