I've gone from shocked, to sad, to angry as I try to process the election results. But I am choosing to be resilient with you by my side.
In the first election in 50 years without the protections of the Voting Rights Act, the Republican Party will now control the House, the Senate and the White House on a platform that featured racism and hate. This is a major disaster for human rights, civil rights and the environment.
In the short term, we know that the worst impacts of this election will be felt by those who are most vulnerable to the bigotry that marked this divisive electoral campaign.
While Trump campaigned as a political outsider, his transition team is filled with corporate lobbyists. His agriculture advisors are agribusiness insiders. He has called climate change a hoax, and his energy advisor is a lobbyist for the Koch Brothers. His reported top pick for energy secretary is a modern-day oil tycoon.
But, we also know that this election is more complex than the analysis we see from the pundits. It’s the result of the failure of both political parties to serve the needs of the millions of people who have been left behind by corporate globalization and policies that benefit Wall Street, not Main Street or farming communities. It’s the result of a media that has failed our democracy by failing to cover the issues that are most important to people and the planet.
I commit to you that we will work even harder to create the socially, economically and environmentally just world that we all want. We will work to bring people together around the protection of the resources that we all need to live—clean water, safe and affordable food and a climate that supports life on earth.
We will never give up. In more than 30 years of advocacy work, I've worked through a lot of tough situations. As a student of history, I know that change happens locally, and when we bridge the divide and bring communities together around the issues that impact us all, we can win.
In fact, we did have two historic victories last night. Our staff and allies passed Measure Z to ban fracking in Monterey County, CA despite over $5 million in oil and gas industry spending to defeat us. In Washington state, our research to expose the sham of the Carbon Tax – an approach endorsed by ExxonMobil – helped to defeat a proposal that would do nothing to fight off climate change. We need to celebrate these victories — and get to work.
I'm having our staff at Food & Water Watch put together rapid response plans to protect our collective victories to ban fracking, keep our food safe and keep fossil fuels in the ground in this lame duck session, as well as ambitious plans for what we'll need to do under a Trump presidency to work for equity and justice for all communities.
Sign up to join me on a special post-election townhall via telephone or Facebook to talk about how we move forward together. We’ll be in touch with more details on next steps, and how we can work together to build a new path forward.