I’m very proud of my state right now. Not only did we vote overwhelmingly for Clinton, but Kamala Harris has become California’s first African American Senator and the first Indian American woman to be elected to the US Senate. We should listen to her wise words on this shittiest of days:
Our ideals are at stake right now, and we all have to fight for who we are. I believe this is that moment in time for our country, where we are collectively being required to look in the mirror, and with furrowed brow, we are asking a question: Who are we? In California, I believe the answer is a good one: We are a great country.
It is the very nature of this fight for civil rights and justice and equality that whatever gains we make, they will not be permanent. So we must be vigilant. Do not despair. Do not be overwhelmed. Do not throw up our hands when it is time to roll up our sleeves and fight for who we are.*
We legalized weed. We shut down the condoms in porn initiative. We ok’d taxes that will go to education and healthcare. ETA: and I forgot to mention but we approved a measure to accelerate building permanent housing for the chronically homeless.
I feel good about my state today even if I’m mourning the state of the country.