President Trump's first year in office has been a dark year for many in America. For those of us who value equal rights for all, or economic and racial justice, or want to combat climate change, we've taken huge steps backwards. Families are being torn apart by newly malicious deportation policies
and an ongoing
mass incarceration crisis
. A systematic effort to weaponize health care as a political tool
has threatened to jeopardize the lives or wellbeing of millions. And our young people are at a disadvantage in the global economy, both because of the disinvestment in our public schools
, which the Trump administration wants to
make worse, and the crushing student loan debt so many carry when they enter the job market, which the Trump administration wants to make harder for students to repay
looking to go into the public sector and nonprofit work.
I know that all sounds bleak -- and I haven't even touched on the moral
and legal calamities
, and embarrassments on the world stage
that we've seen over the last year. But there's also good news: America is still a democracy and the people can hold their leaders accountable.
That's why it's time to take our government back.
I don't mean this as just some empty slogan. Taking our country back will require hard work. It means wresting our country's political system back from the gigantic corporate interests and billionaire donors that hold it in a death grip. It means respecting and restoring the power of the millions of everyday Americans who have been marginalized. And it means fighting back against elected officials who abuse the public trust through dishonesty, personal enrichment and bullying.
So, how do we do this?
One way, of course, is via the ballot box. As important as the executive and judiciary