Looking for the Courage to Continue

The billionaire class won again. Shocking, depressing. So I look for some news to give me courage to continue, and here’s what I found:

  • Richmond Progressive Alliance achieved its first ever majority on the Richmond City Council, a government formerly run by the largest corporation in California, Chevron. RPA takes no corporate and no developer money, and they beat the billionaire class. They now have 5 seats out of 7.gayle_ben_melvin
  • Maine voted in Ranked-Choice Voting, also known as Instant Runoff Voting, for electing the governor and state and federal legislators. This was a positive reaction to the negative reality of their terrible governor Paul LePage.
  • Jesse Arreguin beat the machine and was elected mayor of Berkeley.
  • Oakland voters beat Big Soda by more than 20 points, despite the industry’s huge number of lying ads and mailers.
  • Oakland needed 2/3 and got more than 70% to pass rent control and affordable housing.
  • Marijuana was legalized in California; now we just need to make sure it’s not GMO’d and corporatized.
  • “Citizens United” was rejected by California.
  • And I know there’s more decent election news out there.

Meanwhile, it’s time for the “real political revolution” to begin.

I’m excited by the energy the millennials are bringing into the no-corporate-money Green Party. Many Bernie Sanders’ supporters switched to Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka when they saw the dirty tricks pulled by the Democratic Party in the primaries and Philadelphia convention. In all likelihood, no-corporate-money Bernie would have beaten billionaire Trump.

I’m encouraged by the wisdom I’ve seen in our next generation. That’s the main thing that gives me the courage to continue.

 

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About Laura Wells: Solutions
I ran for Controller in California in 2014 on a State Bank and Tax The Rich platform. I am part of the “No Corporate Money” Campaign, in which candidates pledge to take no corporate money and voters declare our intention to vote for no-corporate-money candidates. As a Green Party candidate for Governor of California in 2010, I was arrested outside a gubernatorial debate for “trespassing at a private party.” But we won't stop, and so let's create a "public party" where we debate solutions to California's finances, like implementing a State Bank and taxing the rich -- to reduce the disparity and open up opportunities. Twitter: @LauraWellsCA

2 Responses to Looking for the Courage to Continue

  1. Henry says:

    Laura, thank you for your sensitive post, especially during this trying time in our country. I needed something positive to hold on to, and you provided, just that. I am obviously hurt and will so, for quite some time. How could this country elect the person, who won??? Nevertheless, I remain thankful, for our presidential nominee, Dr. Jill Stein, who continues to be a symbol, of intelligence, strength, grace and resilience, as she went transnationally, representing Green Party values. Dr. Stein made me proud to be a Green and I am proud of her! Thank you Dr. Stein, for all of your hard work! You should be president. And thank you, to the rest, who voted Green; I hope we are just getting started!

  2. Penny Hooper says:

    Thanks, Laura. I too, wonder what would have happened with Bernie Sanders vs. Trump.

    I am so depressed today….but NC did dump our Governor although by only 4000 votes which McCrory will probably challenge causing a wait for the provisional ballots to be counted by NOv. 18. So much for the bathroom bill HB 2.

    My passion is still climate change and I won’t quit….

    as ever, penny

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