RFS feel-good update (6/1): Reasons for hope

(And on the first day of the month, we say together: Rabbit rabbit!)

Hi all -

I hope you had a relaxing long weekend & a meaningful Memorial Day, whatever that means to you — we’ve unofficially made it to summer and the work continues.

I have a confession to make: I’ve had a hard time staying optimistic lately when it comes to the future of democracy.

The U.S. Senate’s failure to pass meaningful voting rights reform combined with GOP state legislatures aggressively passing egregious voter suppression laws (combined with the redistricting process that will likely make it even harder for Democrats to hold the House in 2022) has me — and many many many many others! — deeply concerned and infuriated about what will happen in the next 2-4 years.

This swirling mix of emotions is compounded by the frustration that, as I’ve written to you many times over, this all could have been prevented had Democrats more deeply invested in state and local elections over the last decade+. But that’s not a particularly productive line of thinking, so…

Anyway, as I review the news from the Run for Something community over the last week, I’m reminded that not all hope is lost.

As Texas Democrats showed over the weekend by walking out and denying the GOP the quorum needed to pass the worst voter suppression laws yet, we can fight when our backs are against the wall.

Even while Democratic electeds in Washington continue to disappoint us, there is a new generation of state and local leaders who are pushing, fighting, and making Americans’ lives better.

(I talked about this a little bit with HollywoodLife.com, if you want to dig in more.)

A few updates from the Run for Something community to give you hope, too:

Some 2021 candidate updates…

As always, we’re keeping an eye on our bench:

This week on the Run for Something podcast: After the 2016 election, Jennifer Kitchen started getting involved -- in spite of a chronic pain disorder that made marching and canvassing hard, she kept showing up and organizing her rural community. She ran in 2019 and lost, but won more votes than any Democrat in her district had before. She almost immediately launched her 2021 campaign, then was diagnosed with cancer. Now in remission, she's running an exponentially stronger campaign than she did the first time around, and she's showing up in rural communities that Democrats have neglected for too long. Listen in wherever you get your shows.

Thank you for making all this possible and staying in the fight, even when it’s hard. We’re so grateful for you.

- Amanda

Onward and upward