This Isn’t Who We Are

Another weekend, another nationwide protest. This time, the protest was in response to Donald Trump’s executive order banning refugees and immigrants from certain countries from entering the United States.

People stood up once again to tell our president that orders like this are NOT who we are as a country, and that WE, THE PEOPLE, will not sit silently by as he implements his divisive and discriminatory policies.

In the midst of this uprising, on Saturday, I was in Houston with many of you for the second of four DNC regional forums. Together, we had another set of strong conversations around how we must move our party forward. As with the Phoenix forum two weeks ago, it was inspiring to be in another western state full of energy and determination about our party’s future.

We need to continue to stand up as Democrats. Our diversity is what makes our country great, and we cannot and will not sit idly by when it is threatened. That’s what we have done in Colorado, and we’ve had great success. Our organizing and grassroots efforts during my time as chair have led to many big victories in a key western state, and I look forward to continuing that success as DNC Vice Chair.

We can’t back down from Donald Trump and must continue to resist.

Just yesterday, Trump fired the acting Attorney General Sally Yates for doing her job — interpreting and enforcing the law. She stood up for what she believed to be right under the law, and she was fired for it. We need to continue to stand strong in the face of Donald Trump because he is not going to back down.

A lot of people are looking for ways to help after the events of the last week. There are a lot of great places to give, starting with the ACLU, whose lawyers have been on the frontline of this battle. You can also make calls to your representatives, telling them they need to stand up for our country’s values. And stand up — join a protest in a city near you.

I’d love to hear your ideas for #TheResistance. You can find me on twitter @RickPalacio

Thank you for all that you’re doing. I’m proud to be standing next to you as Democrats.