It seems impossible that the year 2021 is only 365 days long.
As trying as it’s been for our communities collectively and for ourselves,
our neighbors and our families individually, there is hope for the future
as we look back at the year that was.
The year began with a right-wing faction, spurred by some Republican
politicians, trying to overturn the results of the presidential election
they lost in the January 6 Washington D.C. insurrection. 2021 ends with
Republicans still trying to sabotage election results with stunts like a
sham election inquiry and passing legislation to undermine access to the
ballot box. Yet, the efforts of some politicians to undermine our freedom
to vote have not succeeded. We still have our votes to make our voices
heard on issues important to us.
In a year where the COVID-19 global health pandemic keeps exacting a heavy
toll worldwide, we are lucky enough to have easy access to vaccinations to
help provide a defense against the worst of the disease.
And as we continue to struggle together to get back to normal, we have
seen how leaders willing to invest in us helped keep small businesses
afloat, families make ends meet, safely open our schools and keep
delivering critical community services.
This year we saw gut-wrenching inequality and racism. Then we saw people
come together to demand we do better to live up to the ideals of freedom
We are at the end of a difficult year. It was also a year in which we
showed our resilience and saw we can do so much better by our fellow
Wisconsinites, no matter where they live or what they look like.
[ [link removed] ]So let’s build on the good to take on the challenges of the new year.
* We need to come together to protect our freedom to vote and demand
passage of the Freedom to Vote Act and the John R. Lewis Voting Rights
Advancement Act in Washington D.C. Here in Wisconsin we must stand
with our dedicated election officials, who make it possible for us to
vote and have a say in our communities.
* We need to help those who are struggling to make ends meet. It means
help with the things that cost and matter the most – a roof over our
heads, childcare for our kids, healthcare for our families – that are
out of reach for too many as wealthy corporations and billionaires
keep our wages down and rake in record profits.
* We need to be vigilant against the real and significant attacks on
reproductive freedom as the U.S. Supreme Court considers a case
opening the door for politicians to impose new restrictions on
people's freedom to control their own bodies.
* We need to continue to demand our elected leaders make smart, bold
investments in helping small business build back, helping workers get
jobs that support families and invest in rebuilding our aging
infrastructure from roads and bridges to broadband internet.
The good news is, we made it through 2021. And if we were able to do that,
we can make 2022 a better year.
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our work in the new year!