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Read this amazing statement of resistance that Latinx leaders in California wrote after Trump’s win

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While Donald Trump was being elected, California was busy passing criminal justice reform, legalizing marijuana, taxing the rich to fund schools, symbolically rebuking Citizens United, and electing the first-ever biracial woman to the U.S. Senate. (They also voted for some very bad stuff, but let’s set that aside for now.) Good job, Californians!

Meanwhile, the rest of the country was melting down in a white nationalist fervor. This fact did not go unnoticed by the Latinx leaders of California’s state senate, Kevin De León and Anthony Rendon, who penned a letter acknowledging as much on Wednesday afternoon.

“By a margin in the millions, Californians overwhelmingly rejected politics fueled by resentment, bigotry, and misogyny,” they wrote. “The largest state of the union and the strongest driver of our nation’s economy has shown it has its surest conscience as well. California is – and must always be – a refuge of justice and opportunity for people of all walks, talks, ages and aspirations – regardless of how you look, where you live, what language you speak, or who you love.”

“California was not a part of this nation when its history began, but we are clearly now the keeper of its future,” they conclude. Read the full letter below.

Today, we woke up feeling like strangers in a foreign land, because yesterday Americans expressed their views on a pluralistic and democratic society that are clearly inconsistent with the values of the people of California.

We have never been more proud to be Californians.

By a margin in the millions, Californians overwhelmingly rejected politics fueled by resentment, bigotry, and misogyny.

The largest state of the union and the strongest driver of our nation’s economy has shown it has its surest conscience as well.

California is – and must always be – a refuge of justice and opportunity for people of all walks, talks, ages and aspirations – regardless of how you look, where you live, what language you speak, or who you love.

California has long set an example for other states to follow. And California will defend its people and our progress. We are not going to allow one election to reverse generations of progress at the height of our historic diversity, scientific advancement, economic output, and sense of global responsibility.

We will be reaching out to federal, state and local officials to evaluate how a Trump Presidency will potentially impact federal funding of ongoing state programs, job-creating investments reliant on foreign trade, and federal enforcement of laws affecting the rights of people living in our state. We will maximize the time during the presidential transition to defend our accomplishments using every tool at our disposal.

While Donald Trump may have won the presidency, he hasn’t changed our values. America is greater than any one man or party. We will not be dragged back into the past. We will lead the resistance to any effort that would shred our social fabric or our Constitution.

California was not a part of this nation when its history began, but we are clearly now the keeper of its future.

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