Like many of you, I stayed up late last night to watch the election returns. As I watched the race called for Obama, listened to McCain's heartfelt concession speech, and Obama's amazing acceptance speech. I was filled with a sense of pride and accomplishment. Millions and millions of American's came together to elect the first African American president and we did it using new and old organizing tools. Yesterday was a day for celebration but today is the day for the real work to begin. Barak Obama did not nurture and grow this multi-racial, multi-income movement just to elect him as president, he build this movement to make America a better place to live and to raise a family. He built this movement to create a sustainable economy that will provide a living wage to all workers. He built this movement to ensure that we can all afford health care. He build this movement to make sure that the United State of America retains its rightful place as a respected world leader and a good neighbor to the international community. That work was not accomplished on election night and he can't accomplish that work alone.
So now your work begins to create real change in your community. Join the PTA, start a campaign to clean up your local park, fight for living wages in the stores you shop in, write a letter to the editor, become a volunteer at the Headwaters Foundation for Justice, find a little corner of the world that you can make more just and fair.