Poll results say this election is too close to call and results will not come in for several more hours… but, we are already winning.
Groups from around the Bay have for months now been engaged in deep coordinated voter engagement work, from creating voter guides to forming paid and volunteer phone bank and field teams, reaching tens of thousands Oakland and San Francisco residents. [more on Oakland Rising and San Francisco Rising]
Because of this, we are already winning …
And, for that, we thank those individuals who hold the participation of those around them to be as important as their own.
We thank those organizations that are, to their communities, the place to learn and come together, that work to transform people’s own relationship to the governance of their communities and society, that center those on the margins.
We thank those communities and coalitions of communities that humbly offer a pathway for individuals to move beyond being a bystander but instead offer them the gift to feel agency, to be powerful, to engage, to lead, to be thanked, all while being held up by each other.
We thank those same organizations for teaching people outside the communities within which they work with patience and celebration about the values, the courage and the resiliency of communities of color.
Election Day is another finish line crossed … but, we are already winning, and have been throughout the year.