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From despair to determination

Like you, I'm stunned.

This is a dark and disturbing moment for our country, and you have every right to feel the way that you do right now.

This election result is troubling in what it says about American values and what it means for our future. But that's not a reason to despair. It's a reason to work even harder.

It's going to be more important than ever in the wake of this election that we stand up for equality, diversity, and justice. That we love and support our fellow citizens, immigrants, refugees, and anyone fearing a surge of hate, discrimination, and exclusion. It's up to us to fight for the values we cherish and the progressive vision we hold dear.

We must renew our fight for a We the People democracy that responds to the real needs of working families, not the powerful and wealthy special interests. If this election shows us anything, it's how many people feel left behind by an economy that only makes the rich richer and a political system that consistently ignores their needs.

As Dr. King said, the arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice.

But it does not bend by itself. It bends because we fight. It bends because we hold fast to our values. It bends because we bend it.

Our nation has been through dark times before, and we have always overcome them. We will do so again.

Stay tuned. You are needed in the fights ahead, now more than ever.

Jeff

Posted on November 9, 2016.
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Meet Jeff Merkley

Jeff Merkley was born in the small town of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, the son of a sawmill worker.Jeff Merkley and Family As an advocate and a state legislator, he always fought hard for working families in Oregon. And now, as U.S. Senator, he's working every day for families in Oregon and across the country.

His progressive commitment is clear - working for economic recovery and family-wage jobs, clean energy that puts Americans to work and combats the climate crisis, affordable health care for all Americans. Learn more about Jeff Merkley.

Connect with Jeff Meet Jeff Merkley

Jeff Merkley was born in the small town of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, the son of a sawmill worker. As an advocate and a state legislator, he always fought hard for working families in Oregon. And now, as U.S. Senator, he's working every day for families in Oregon and across the country.

His progressive commitment is clear - working for economic recovery and family-wage jobs, clean energy that puts Americans to work and combats the climate crisis, affordable health care for all Americans. Learn more about Jeff Merkley.