Sometimes you gotta make some noise to be heard…“Kick a Little” by Little Texas
And make ourselves heard, we did. By showing up and voting in RECORD numbers, we not only made Joe Biden the 46th President of the United States of America, but we also voted in Kamala Harris -the first woman, the first African-American, and the first Asian-American – to ever in the history of this nation hold the second-highest office in this country as our new Vice-President Elect. And that is something truly worth celebrating.
For a year that has been plagued with uncertainty and fear, it feels quite amazing to experience some much-needed joy and hope. So, it only makes sense to revel in some of the historic victories that this anxiety-filled Presidential race produced.
Cori Bush, a Black Lives Matter activist, nurse, and medic who treated people during the 2014 Ferguson riots, made history by becoming the first black woman to represent the state of Missouri in the United States Congress.
Marilyn Strickland of Washington and former mayor of Tacoma, Washington, became the first Korean-American woman in our history to be elected to Congress.
New Mexico made us all the way proud by becoming the first state in history to elect only women of color to represent its interests in the US Congress when Deb Haaland, Teresa Leger Fernandez, and Yvette Herrell won each of their respective races last week.
And let’s not forget the incredible work that Stacey Abrams, the true GOAT of grassroots organizing, did as she and her two coalitions, Fair Fight and the New Georgia Project, worked relentlessly to turn the historically red state of Georgia blue, which helped pave the way for the Biden/Harris victory.
These are just a few of the many, many wins that we saw last week. Wins that are changing the face of who gets to create and pass laws that affect us all. Wins that show black, brown, and Asian children that they can be and do anything that they want. Wins that reflect the rich diversity of this nation and show us that we can do better and be better.
Congratulations to our 46th President-Elect, Joe Biden, and our 49th Vice-President-Elect, Kamala Harris. And congratulations to every single legislator who continues to fight for justice and equality for us all.