Change Begins With You.

2016 was not the result we hoped for – but we will not back down, and we will never give up.  Thank you for all the work you did, and continue to do on behalf of the progressive values that we all share.

Your Next Steps


Fellow Democrats,

We are grieving now.  The shock of what happened on Tuesday is not something that we can just push aside.  It’s real. It's scary and we need to acknowledge that.  This reminds me of a serious trauma where one moment your life is normal and the next you learn you have a serious challenge to deal with. While we are shocked at how our world has changed in such a short time, we also recognize that there are things we need to do while we adjust to our new reality.  We need to learn how we can work within the new environment to influence the change, or in our case limit the damage, that can be done.

So while we are coming to terms with our new reality I suggest we need to do three things.  We need to stick to our values, stay committed to helping our community, and evaluate what has happened so we can learn from our mistakes and take appropriate action to win in 2018. Here are a few ways we can do all of that.

Stick to our Values: As a party we respect and will protect at all cost the equality our community members deserve.  First we need to support those that are most at risk in a Trump presidency: immigrants, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities and members of our communities of color.  There is an easy way to help these community members right now – find an organization in your community that supports them and volunteer or donate to them.  We appreciate the wonderful people who dedicate their time and efforts to supporting programs that help these at risk community members, and by you helping them, you are standing up for equality.

Stay Committed: The loss we have experienced and the challenge we are facing to rectify the situation have left some people considering giving up, but my question to them is: if not you then who?  Our country and our community members are counting on us to stand up for them even in the tough times.  No war was won without some serious losses in battles.  We need everyone to stay engaged, actually up their game, because it is another way to let at risk community members, future generations, working class community members and seniors know just how committed we are to them.  We need to let them know they are worth the fight.  The only way we can fix the challenge we face is for everyone to stay committed and find more people to help.

Learn from our Mistakes: We are going to do a deep dive into this race.  What went wrong, what we did well, and what we need to change.  Our administrative committee, congressional and county party leadership, our candidates, candidate’s staff and volunteers will all be represented in the process. We are committed to learning from our mistakes and working together to make the changes necessary to win.

This election was like no other and the tragic ending is heartbreaking.  One thing I keep reminding myself of during this tough time is that I am proud to be on the Democratic team.  I know we have had a major blow but the Democratic team has the values and beliefs I can be proud of.  I am thankful that we have, Tammy, Gwen, Mark and Ron in DC standing up for what we believe in. I am proud of the incredible Democratic elected officials we have here in the state who refuse to give up the fight.  I am proud of the amazing grassroots network we had around the state and the impressive candidates who worked so hard to create a better future for Wisconsinites. 

Tuesday was not the result we hoped for – but we will not back down, and we will never give up.  Thank you for all the work you did, and continue to do on behalf of the progressive values that we all share.

Martha Laning     

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