TWW Roundup: Finally, some good news!
November 7th Election Results Renew Hope
Last week’s election results in New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington gave the resistance so much to celebrate. With progressive candidates winning seats at every level, including city councils, mayoral offices, state legislatures and governor’s seats, there was a feeling of elation and renewed faith that we, the people, can make change and turn our country back on the path of Democracy.
Notably, several openly transgender candidates won seats in races around the country, in a clear rebuke of the hateful rhetoric of the right wing. In Minneapolis, Andrea Jenkins was elected to the city council, the first openly trans woman of color elected to office in our country. Minneapolis also elected trans candidate Phillippe Cunningham to their city council. Then in Palm Springs, California, Lisa Middleton made history by becoming the first transgender person elected to a non-judicial office, winning a seat on the City Council.
Danica Roem, who was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, defeated GOP incumbent Bob Marshall. Marshall had authored a controversial bathroom bill, which would have prevented trans people from using restrooms for the gender they identify as. Poetic justice never felt so good. A big election win was celebrated in Virginia as well, with the election of Democrat Ralph Northam as the new governor. Northam stunningly defeated the Trump-supported and former RNC Chairman, Ed Gillespie in a big upset.
Keep the Resistance Going!
What do all these progressive wins mean for the resistance? It does NOT mean our work is done, but, in fact, our work has just begun. These first triumphs should serve to bolster our resolve to take back our government from anti-democratic forces, bigoted and racist oppressors. And this is no time to rest! An important election for an Alabama Senate seat is just around the corner.
On December 12 Democrat Doug Jones will run in a special Senate election against Republican Roy Moore. Moore is the candidate who was recently accused of making sexual advances to several underage girls. Moore was also twice removed from the Alabama Supreme Court for inappropriately installing a monument of the Ten Commandments at the Alabama supreme court building and refusing to remove it. Although some polls indicate that the allegations do not change the minds of some conservative Alabama voters, polls indicate that Doug Jones has narrowly taken the lead.
Call to Action
So it is time to support our Alabama progressive sisters and brothers by donating, calling, texting, and sending postcards. There are a number of groups providing resources for the resistance. You can organize postcard writing parties, or just write some on your own. You can sign up for phone and text banking programs, which make it easy and safe to contact voters in Alabama. Many resisters feel these campaigns had a lot to do with the recent wins. So set up your writing station, charge your phones, and support the progressive resistance now!
November 27 is the last day to register to vote in the Alabama special election. December 7 is the last day to send in an absentee ballot. Here is how you can help:
- https://5calls.org/postcards For $5 you will receive 5 pre-stamped, pre-addressed postcards to send to Alabama.
- https://twitter.com/indivisibleal/status/926954445841293313 Join the Indivisible Alabama #FlipAlabama postcard writing campaign.
- https://www.facebook.com/events/540328359635718/ Support the Sisters In Synergy campaign to Pledge to Flip Alabama.
- https://nextgenamerica.org/volunteer/ Volunteer with NexGen America to help get out the vote and support progressive campaigns.
- https://www.sisterdistrict.com/programs/phonebanking/ Join the Sister District nationwide efforts in phone and text banking, and postcard writing.
Now Read This
Now read this list of wins and revel in the triumphs that progressives have earned through hard work, volunteerism, demonstrations and radical inclusion:
First Sikh Mayor in U.S. history
First woman mayor elected in Manchester, NH
First Latinas elected to the Virginia House of Delegates
First Asian American woman in the Virginia House of Delegates
First Transgender State Representative in U.S. history
First Trans person of color in a major city’s council
First African American woman mayor of Charlotte, N.C.
First Muslim elected to Iowa City city council
First African American mayor in Montana state history
First African American mayor elected in St. Paul, MN
First African American mayor elected in Statesboro, GA
First African American mayor elected in Georgetown, SC
First African American woman mayor of Milledgeville, GA
Philly elects Black Lives Matter lawyer as District Attorney
First African American woman elected as New Jersey Lt. Gov.
And so many more….your efforts are making a difference, whether you are running for office, donating to campaigns, rallying to support candidates, or denouncing injustice and inequality.
Keep up the good work!
Jacqui Viale is an educator and activist living in Long Beach, California with her husband, two teenagers, two cats, a dog and a lizard. Jacqui holds a masters in Educational Administration from California State University, Long Beach.