“Hope is not a lottery ticket you can sit on the sofa and clutch, feeling lucky. It is an axe you break down doors with in an emergency. Hope should shove you out the door, because it will take everything you have to steer the future away from endless war, from the annihilation of the earth's treasures and the grinding down of the poor and marginal... To hope is to give yourself to the future - and that commitment to the future is what makes the present inhabitable.”
It was difficult to see any light last November 9th. To see a way forward. It seemed the days when prospects for change would be bleak. That we would spend the next four to eight years constantly under siege, putting out one fire after another. But something else happened on election day this month. Almost unexpected. We saw historic elections of LGBT and candidates of color, Black Lives Matters activists and criminal justice advocates, across the country. We took out our axes and broke down the doors. We will not only endure this presidency, we will thrive.