By Alex Showerman | 0 comments
Watching the Senate vote to crush meaningful gun violence legislation was gut-wrenching.
If you're angry the Senate could be so cowardly, you're not alone. If you're saddened that our nation's families are no safer today, so am I. And if you're baffled how the will of 90% of Americans could be ignored, I'm right there with you.
But if you're discouraged and ready to quit -- don't be. Because we're sure as hell not done yet.
Yesterday's vote put the full dysfunction of Washington on display. It's not even cliche to say Congress is broken -- it's just a fact. But there is still a place for great work to be done, progress to be made, and victories to be won: In statehouses and local communities across the country. That's where the future of the progressive movement lies, and that's where DFA is focusing more than ever.
Now it's time to take the Republicans on where we can make the biggest impact -- donate $4 or more to build our statewide campaigns.
The building blocks are already in place. DFA members are engaging on issues and local campaigns in all fifty states. We're fighting to protect public education in Florida, to prevent fracking in California, and yes, passing stronger gun violence laws in states like Colorado.
And through our Purple to Blue project, DFA is laying the foundation for long-term change. The only way to fix Washington is to start reclaiming the states -- we're starting that process now in Virginia, and over the next few years will be investing unprecedented resources into flipping vulnerable districts and states.
Don't get me wrong: Democracy for America will continue to fight for working families in Washington. From protecting Social Security to passing comprehensive climate change legislation, there are plenty of battles to be won in DC. But we won't let Washington's gridlock stand in the way of the progress we know is necessary -- and within our reach.
Yesterday's vote was a major disappointment, but it wasn't the end. Not even close.
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