We are a group of mothers, grandmothers and independent women who are concerned about the direction of our nation.
After the election in 2016, “HuddleforHope” began meeting monthly to share feelings, learn from each other, encourage each other, participate in events together and, most especially, to feel empowered to make a difference. We keep each other up to date on the issues most important to us: redistricting reform, environmental concerns, women’s health, immigrants/refugees, common sense gun safety and the election of candidates.
Sitting around the fire in a living room in early 2017, we closed our eyes and envisioned what we wanted our world to look like by 2021. How could we mobilize our community to win back a nation for the people? Who should be representing us in Congress? After a few minutes, we opened our eyes and described a world of new, diverse leaders who were representative of all of us. We saw more women, people of color, men and women of different religious, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds whose sexual preference was not important. What was important were leaders who were honest and interested in policies and laws that put the public good ahead of wealthy special interests.
A great vision, but how do we get there? Where do we find great candidates who can help move our nation in the right direction? When we find such candidates, let’s support them, work for them and share their message of unity instead of division.
“HuddleforHope” found that candidate in Dee Thornton. She is the person we envisioned on that dreary night in February when we felt angry, lost and in disbelief. We were not going to follow the suggestions of “get over it.” No, getting over it meant that we were OK, and we were not OK. We have heard and talked with Dee in our homes on several occasions and truly believe she is a breath of fresh air in our current toxic political environment.
We are hopeful that you will vote for Dee. She is ready to listen to you, to work for you and to represent you and all of us in Washington, D.C. in 2019. As Dee says, “game on.”
Susan Ring, HuddleforHope