I have cried more today than I have in all of my politically conscious life. I do not only cry for myself and how incredibly terrified I feel, but I cry for those around me whose lives and quality of life are in complete jeopardy. I cry for the women that felt it was acceptable to vote for a man that brags about sexually assaulting women and treats the dirt on his shoes with more respect than any woman in his life. I cry for the 49.5% of eligible voters that DID NOT VOTE because they felt that their voice didn’t carry any weight. And I cry for the millions if not billions of lives globally who do not have the security of peace from another world war. But for now my tears have subsided. They are still there, always willing to spill at the drop of a hat or a punch in the stomach by personal accounts from others that have dealt with more racism, sexism, and hatred today than they have ever experienced in recent years. And this is what will fuel me in the days and weeks ahead. This morning I felt absolutely defeated, hopeless, and helpless because I assumed that the majority of this country is full of hate and anger. But from watching these thousands of protesters across the country assemble completely organically…the high school students in CA that staged walkouts, the immigrants that have vowed not to leave without a fight…..this has inspired my faith in humanity again. After we take the time to heal and grieve, (and take as long as you need) it is now time to turn these tears and passion into action and activism. Where am I needed? What can I do? I will volunteer at women’s crisis centers, at Planned Parenthood clinics….we will take this shit underground if we need to. I vow from this point forward that I will NOT STOP FIGHTING TO PROTECT OUR RIGHTS AND OUR AUTONOMY. I will do my best to help those in my life and community that have been made to feel inferior or frightened in the presence of others’ ignorance. My mom experienced the 2nd women’s movement and my dad is a Vietnam veteran. They told me tonight that we will fix this and that they will do whatever it takes to protect our rights and keep us safe…So this is to my community and my friends and my family…what can I do? Do you need a hug? Do you want to talk? Do you want to sit and pray? Do you want to yell at the sky? Do you want to do some yoga? Do you want to take a walk in the woods together? What do we need right now to make each other feel safe? Because I will do whatever I can until my very last breath to make my loved ones feel safe again. Remember that there are more of us that are compassionate & empathetic than there are those that are spiteful and hateful. Love will ALWAYS trump hate. I will never stop believing that. Let’s heal, get inspired, and take action. We will rise again -I promise you that.