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2017: The Year of the ?!?!!!

My brain is not okay with tomorrow’s inauguration. All week it’s been buzzing and racing and running “omg, omg” on a loop. I’m usually pretty calm, collected, and organized. (At least outwardly.) But this week I left the gelato out and it melted, I forgot my umbrella when it rained, I cried in the car, I missed deadlines, I slept through my alarm. About once a day, I feel sort of numb and detached. Then my stomach hurts. That last part isn’t so new.

This sums up my 2017 so far pretty well:

Knowing I’m far from the only one feeling like this helps. In that way, Twitter helps. It also reminds me that the next four years hold very high stakes for America… so yes, take care of yourself and allow these hard days or weeks, but stay in the fight and keep moving ahead. It all feels very devastating right now. But also right now, Barack Obama is president of my country. He’s a really good person and his leadership was more than legislation or speeches. (Although a lot of that was really good too.) Knowing he’ll be among us as a citizen is something I think I can take comfort in tomorrow and the long days ahead.

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Processing…

I haven’t really been able to think about the election results in a real, constructive way yet. Honestly, I’m still grieving for my hope for the first woman president. I’ve been lucky in my life to have experienced grief only a few times, but I know how it feels, and it is this. Basically fluctuating between:

rawAnd,b7ba163c39e6cf10a643de77acc48159I do know that we’re scared and many people, directly targeted by messages of hate, don’t know if it’s safe to live their lives anymore. Donations have been pouring into organizations who offer support, like Planned Parenthood & the ACLU. I set up recurring donations this week. A good first step, I think.

A couple more good things:

A Letter From Leslie Knope

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From Emily’s List, an organization that works to put pro-choice women into government:

“As tough as it is to not take back the Senate this year, four incredible women will be heading there next year, and three of them are women of color. To put that in perspective, consider this: Up until this year, only two women of color have ever served in the Senate, and they were elected 20 years apart.

In January 2017, we will greet Senators Catherine Cortez Masto from Nevada, Kamala Harris from California, Tammy Duckworth from Illinois, and Maggie Hassan from New Hampshire as they join returning EMILY’s List Senator Patty Murray from Washington State.

Catherine will be the first ever Latina in the Senate, and this year she successfully kept Harry Reid’s Senate seat blue. Kamala will be the first Indian American and the second African American woman to ever serve in the Senate. And Tammy will be the first Thai American and Democratic woman combat veteran in the Senate. Their historic victories will have ripple effects over the decades to come, and they will bring with them perspectives that are both necessary and long overdue.

The House

We also elected eight new pro-choice Democratic women this year: Val Demings (FL), Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE), Stephanie Murphy (FL), Pramila Jayapal (WA), Colleen Hanabusa (HI), Carol Shea-Porter (NH), Jacky Rosen (NV), and Nanette Barragán (CA); along with eight returning members of Congress who faced uphill reelection battles.

Six of our incoming congresswomen are women of color, with several shattering glass ceilings this year, including Pramila Jayapal, who will be the first Indian American woman ever elected to the House; Stephanie Murphy, who will be the first Vietnamese American woman elected to Congress; and Lisa Blunt Rochester, who will be the first woman and person of color to represent Delaware in any capacity in Congress.

These women will hold Republicans accountable at a time when we will need it the most.

State and Local Races

And finally, we’ll be welcoming 75 women to office at the state and local level next year, including 30 women of color. Our state and local candidates play a critical role in protecting choice and fighting for women and families in state legislatures and local offices across the country.

We are proud to have worked with Susana Mendoza of Illinois, who will be the first-ever Latina to be elected comptroller in the nation, and Kate Brown in Oregon, the first openly LGBT person elected governor.”

We are down, but we are not out.