This morning we all woke up to what seemed like a nightmare. Donald Trump, the little bully (and by “bully” I’m being nice) who actually got elected despite his racist ramblings, his belittlement of women, etc., has, against all odds, become President of the United States.

Sometimes the bully wins, and when it happens we ask ourselves, what do we do now? On the way to the office today I saw so many emotions: sadness, anger, tears, I could hear those emotions in the words that I read; the angst, the rage, the fear.  But you know what? We’re gonna be all right.

How do I know that? I know because I know that all of us — Black, Brown, White, Muslim, Catholic, LBGTQ — in times like these find a way to rise again. Sometimes it’s not because we want to, but because we have to. We answer a call because there are others that need us: the poor, the mentally ill, the disabled, the addict, the homeless, the immigrant who feels unwelcomed, the people whose rights could be trampled upon. These people need us to be strong.

Our children need us need us to be strong. This is not the time for violent rage, breaking windows and setting fires. That will only encourage those who want to see us fail to say “See, I told you so.” Instead, we must act as one — or, as a colleague of mine said today — show  unity despite different social classes. We need to gather and use our fear and our sadness and our anger to propel ourselves to be better; to live, to breathe, to fight for something better. We need to stand side by side.

The need to stand side by side has never been more important than now. It has been proven time and time again that when we stand together people have been known to do great things.  This is the time that great things can happen.

So tonight, before we all go to bed, Pray, Cry, Shout, Be Angry, Be Sad. Think of those you love, the ones who need us. Remember we fight for a better life for those we care about. Remember that they count on us. Remember that we must not be pushed aside ourselves but we also won’t allow others to just be thrown away.

Take a deep breath; we may be sad today, but tomorrow:  We Rise because we need to, We Rise, because we have to, We Rise, because we want to. We will Rise and WE’RE GONNA BE ALRIGHT.

James Shearer

James Shearer is a writer and co-founder of Spare Change News.

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