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What now? Give up? Or Rebuild?

Posted Nov 11 2016 at 10:00 AM
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There’s no other way to say it. The election results were a disaster for what we believe in. Donald Trump is the President of the United States. That’s not a new reality TV show tagline. It’s real.

Far-right forces now control the three branches of government and the hope of a fair Supreme Court is slipping away.

We could slink off in defeat; Move to another country; Tinker with our outdated tactics and hope that somehow shields us.

However, what we need to do is get back up and start organizing our next move.

We will fight Donald Trump and Trumpism at every turn but we must look deeper. Our country is in trouble because our subverted democracy is broken.

What we must NOT do is fight ourselves or get caught up in asking, “what if?” because we will simply be wasting precious time.

ADA, with your help, already has a plan. The results of the election were simply the outcome of existing problems. There is a disconnect between urban/suburban and rural America. There is a disconnect from solutions a majority of Americans, even in less liberally voting areas, support and how votes are cast.

We have recently launched an effort, Shining Light, to strengthen and expand our national organizing network. Our goal is to expand our ability take progressive messages, solutions, and election results to a larger and wider section of the country. Red and purple America.

We know we can do this because we’ve done it before. When ADA used these same tactics for our Working Families Win project spanning 30 states, mostly red and purple, we made the necessary links to reconnect problems with solutions and voting. And we won at a 70% clip.

What we didn’t have was a sustainable base of financial support to keep that work in the field over time. Our Shining Light campaign seeks to raise the funds necessary to do this work again and to do so over many years so we can sustain the change beyond one or two elections cycles.

You already support ADA and OUR shared mission. Will you renew your membership today to help us get started on our rebuilding mission? If you've already renewed, could you make a special contribution now get us started? Would you like to learn more about Shining Light and our plan to make a long-term effort to build lasting progressive infrastructure? Contact us

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