Our LA chapter co-chair, Linda Daly, writes for the SF Chronicle on how the election of Donald Trump prompted her to work for Californian independence.
I had not been politically active on the national level in years. Sure, I voted for whom I felt best represented my position, but sometimes it was just to retain the right to complain about anyone in office. I grew tired of candidates spouting the same rhetoric, and of lobbyists controlling Washington. I was really tired of looking for a progressive candidate who would have my back. I longed for one of the smaller parties to grow enough to challenge our old two-party system.
This past election, I voted for Hillary Clinton. It was exhilarating to watch the returns with my two teens, a son who voted for the first time and a 17-year-old daughter who volunteered for Clinton, until the moment our joy crumbled.
How could so many blue states allow someone like Donald Trump to win?