Properly, nicely, nicely. What a distinction per week makes. Saturday felt like the primary actual sleep I’ve had in 4 years. That’s to not say that I believe our slide into fascism is over, or that there isn’t nonetheless a ton of labor to do, however for now not less than I can see a future.

Within the days following Election Day, the media analyzed to loss of life all the standard information factors. Our most well-known Klansman voted for Trump, and because it seems so did a majority of white Individuals. Make of that what you’ll. Practically a 3rd of the Latino vote went to the one-term President, as nicely — one thing I should write about sooner or later as a result of I merely can’t wrap my mind round it. Black folks basically, however Black ladies particularly, confirmed up and got here by means of as the one demographic with any dependable sense. Thank God for Black ladies.

Principally although, this election was determined by the younger. Two-thirds of voters below the age of 30 voted for change, and the one age group that voted for Trump in its majority was voters over the age of 65. For all of our collective, and fully unoriginal disdain in direction of youth and their “loopy” concepts, the longer term actually does belong to them they usually deserve the area to assist form it of their curiosity. Their concepts aren’t a lot loopy as they’re unencumbered by any arbitrary rule as to what they’ll or can’t do. They’ve not but been crushed down by a system that may bend in direction of justice however strikes slower than a turtle on its again. They’ve not but discovered to restrict their hopes or to play by guidelines that that they had no half in creating. They know what sort of world they need to construct and the way they need to construct it, they usually received’t settle for any preconceived or preordained the explanation why they’ll’t. That isn’t vanity. It’s religion. We ought to be feeding it, not dimming the brightness of its gentle.  

However the actual heroes of this story are the individuals who made it their mission to see that every one these younger and Black and Brown and in any other case marginalized voters got here out to say their voice this election. It’s the organizers and the activists who put their our bodies on the road to make sure that our approach of presidency actually is an endeavor as near “of the folks, by the folks, [and] for the folks” as we are able to get. These are the folks knocking on doorways, telephone banking, calling and texting people to verify everyone seems to be knowledgeable not solely of their proper to vote however of what the problems are and the way elections have an effect on their each day lives. These are the individuals who take their outrage and channel it into change. They’re the Stacy Abramses of the world however extra so, they’re the parents standing outdoors the grocery store ensuring you’re registered to vote; they’re the parents coordinating rides to polling locations for individuals who may not in any other case make it; they’re the parents serving to the unemployed combat for his or her earned advantages; they’re the parents foregoing sleep to verify each single certainly one of us is counted.

In different phrases, these are the folks doing the work of democracy and they’re those who deserve the credit score for this win. I promise you it wasn’t your racist aunt in Georgia who by no means voted for a Democrat till this 12 months and desires a pat on the again for it. It actually wasn’t the pundits crunching their numbers and fantasizing over numerous eventualities main as much as Election Day. And it undoubtedly, undoubtedly wasn’t the media, who appear to have solely found this weekend that they’ll in actual fact name a lie a lie (not an “unsubstantiated declare,” not a “mistruth”) and easily refuse to air misinformation, even when it’s coming from contained in the White Home.

I learn someplace not too long ago that everybody over the age of 40 ought to have a mentor who’s below 30. Not a mentee, thoughts you, a mentor. Somebody to counter the impulse to stay to the established order, as that impulse inevitably comes with age and the expertise of getting to beat roadblock after roadblock. We want the fixed reminder that issues don’t really must be the best way they’re and even the best way they’ve at all times been. It’s at all times inside our energy to be the change we need to see. So, thanks to all of the younger folks, the folks of shade, the Black and Indigenous ladies, the activists, and the organizers. Thanks for reminding us, regardless of our greatest efforts, of who we as soon as have been and of who we need to be. Thanks for reminding us of who we nonetheless CAN be. This victory is yours.

Martha E. Menendez, Esq. is the Bernstein Senior Fellow on the UNLV Immigration Clinic.