election 2016

The Future Is [ ]

It is challenging to put yesterday's historical and magical day into coherent sentences, as the energy was indescribable and unforgettable. Perhaps making it one of the top five moments in my life. President Trump believes that we are a divided country, but I think anyone who was out marching or participating yesterday (across the 600+ cities, and 30+ countries) would care to disagree. I witnessed a powerful and strong union of individuals. Individuals who are of a different race, gender, religion, nationality, but these individuals were standing together. Truth be told, I have never felt more proud to call myself both an American and a woman than I did yesterday. I hope that this march, and the many to come, is a wake-up call to our government, representatives, and world leaders saying that we are here and we are not going away. 

On a slightly more personal note, this past election has lit a flame within me. A flame that continues to burn brighter and stronger every day. It has made me recognize that my voice holds power, and that power must be used. Each and every one of us holds that power. Use your voice to spread positive messages of love, not hate. Continue to educate yourself (and others) about issues that concern our fellow citizens, our planet, and our communities. Support those around you. Never stop fighting and working for what you believe. And lastly, my fellow ladies, never underestimate yourself and never forget that you, yes you, can change the world. 

Back in November, we asked ourselves the question, "where do we go from here?", and I think after yesterday, we will are going to be pretty damn well. January 21st, 2017 has come and gone, but it is only the beginning of something greater. 

Let's get ready and let's get to work. 

 

 

 

Love Trumps Hate

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After taking some time to digest and process the results of the 2016 Election, here are my thoughts.

Now is the time to speak up and not silence our voice. 

A NOTE

I am only seventeen years old, so while I could not vote in this election, I did volunteer with Hilary's campaign and helped get the vote out. I was passionate about Hilary's campaign and the possible great change under her. But, that is in the past and it is important to respect the democratic process, even when we don't agree with the outcome. Now, it is about the future. 

My heart is heavy as the future of nation is filled with uncertainty. It is difficult for me to put the past 24 hours of emotions into a coherent sentence. I feel vulnerable, scared, nervous, defeated... the list goes on. But, I also feel a pit in my stomach and fire in my soul that is ready to make a change and fight with love. 

We can feel.

We can cry.

We can mourn.

We can scream and be angry.

We can hug and hold hands.

We can comfort.

We can love.

We must, must band together, face the dark unknown, and be ready to fight with love, courage, hope, justice, and respect.

The sun will rise each morning and set each night and the earth will keep spinning. And we will keep going. Successes and failures are ahead of us, but it is crucial that we face the frontier in unity.

One foot in front of the other. One step at a time. One day at a time. Love always trumps hate.

And, before I leave you, here is quote from HRC: 

"Every moment wasted looking back, keeps us from moving forward... In this world and the world of tomorrow, we must go forward together or not at all." 
                    

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Here are handful of resources for those looking to make a change, feel lost, or would simply like to let it out. My inbox [sloane.c.k@gmail.com] and Tumblr inbox (for those who wish to remain anonymous) are always open. I stand with you all. 

+ If you'd like to thank Hilary and her team for their commitment, perseverance, and love to our nation. 

Hilary for America

P.O Box 5256

New York, NY

10185-5256

+ Donations & Volunteer: 

Project Consent

The ACLU

The Future Project

Planned Parenthood

RAINN

+ Support Systems and Other Resources:  

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Mental Health America: 1-800-969-6642

Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386

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