Over the next few days, I’m going to share the thoughts of friends and acquaintances as they process the reality of a Donald Trump presidency. Some will be from people willing to share their identity. Others will be anonymous. All will help us to understand that we’re not alone in our grief and struggle to understand “what’s next.”
Installment Five was written by my good friend Erica Sackin. I first met Erica when she was part of a team doing blogger outreach for he second Obama campaign. Since then she did a stint at the Mozilla Foundation and now the Director of Political Communications for Planned Parenthood. Like me, Erica believes that, despite having our government completely controlled by Republicans, we cannot let them enjoy ANY victory without a fight from us. Nothing can come easy for them and we must never become too exhausted to fight. Her essay is short but it says a lot in a few short sentences.
Here’s the thing: We don’t just fight when it’s easy, or when it seems like a sure win. We fight when it’s hard, when it feels like the whole world is against you, and when there’s no end in sight. I’m exhausted, you’re exhausted, and we’re all more than a little heartbroken. So today we mourn, but tomorrow (or, you know, the day after) we keep going — through the tears and through the terrifying fear of what might happen to this country. Because there is too goddamn much at stake for too many people to give up now.