There has never been a more important time for us to come together and support each other – in our schools, in our neighborhoods, and through the arts. There is no doubt that the next four years will be very tough and very dark at times. But raising our voices, protesting, standing up for each other and showing our kids what we stand for is what we need to do. We need to organize, we need to vote, we need to run, and we need to stay focused. We need to support each other and not let them divide us. There will be times in the next four years that we will want to give up. But for the sake of our kids and country, and each other, we cannot. Please don’t give up hope. Fend off the darkness by standing together. Thank you in advance for all you will do.
— Hannah Pingree, former Speaker of the House, Maine State Legislature
It’s more important than ever to exercise our First Amendment rights to “…peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” And—as we have done many times in our history—we do so with hope that the founding principles of our democracy will serve us and not fail.
— Richard Blanco, Inaugural poet for Barack Obama’s second inauguration