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Lola B, Vienna, MO
What does Obama's victory mean to you? We all did it! We WILL remember our participation to get here counted! Lola Bogue; Vienna, Missouri
What should we do next? Work hard with continued dedication to be participants and not just observers in our country!
Gerry B, Alpharetta, GA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? This morning, I took out and held my copy of Strength to Love by Dr. King. It was a copy that had actually belonged to him, and has notes in the margins penned in his own hand, and some folded sheets of Ebenezer Baptist Church stationery with his handwritten sermon on them. It was given to me by Hosea Williams in 1968, when I was working as a volunteer for SCLC down on Auburn Ave. As I held it, I cried at the overwhelming importance of what occurred last night. I thanked God for the grace given to this nation to respond to the challenge and the opportunity we were given in this election. I remembered many things: April, 1968, at 3:00 am, outside Sisters Chapel at Spellman College on the AU Campus, where Dr. King was lying in State, I was standing in a long line of mourners all waiting respectfully in the chill night air, speaking in hushed tones, or not at all, to view his body and pay our respects No one was impatient, and when we each had our turn to stand before his casket, no one felt pressed to hurry past. I remember taking a few moments in reflection and prayer there, with tears streaming down my face, feeling an intense commitment in my heart to continue what he had given his life trying to accomplish. I was 20 years old at the time, just opening the wrapping on the gift that was to be my life. Now, at 61, I am still unwrapping that gift. Last night was so major for me. There have been so few elections in my life in which I have actually voted for the winner! I have often felt so isolated, out of step with those around me, but yet so sure that the path I was on was the only one that I could walk with conscience. In 2006, I was encouraged by the election results. Last night, I was overwhelmed with joy and hope, gratitude and belief in humanity. I'd like to bottle those feelings and be able to take a swig every now and then just to refresh my soul. I have felt almost euphoric all day, in a very spiritual way. I have a strong belief that this man with the unusual name is living his destiny, and affecting ours in a most profound way, for the good of all. I appreciate all of you, and the ones coming behind you, for living the dream we dreamed, for coming from love and not fear, and for being a part of the new majority in this country. Hip Hip Hooray!!!!!! Gerry Burge
What should we do next? Form task groups to offer assistance on various areas of the agenda.
Wendy W, Seattle, WA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? It means that we can take the risk of choosing joy, hope, and optimism -- for ourselves and our beautiful world.
What should we do next? Send love and support until January. Encourage him to include talented people across the political spectrum in his cabinet. Encourage him to promote national service to work together with him to strengthen the economy and our communities.
Alexis S, Mount Washington, OH
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I happily stood outside for hours last night in Grant Park in downtown Chicago and for the first time in a long time, I proudly raised my hand to my heart and recited the Pledge of Allegiance; and without hesitation I joined in the singing of my national anthem. Obama has made me proud to say that I am an American.
What should we do next? Now that we have proven to the world that Americans are ready for change, we need to start making decisions that support that: lets agree that everyone deserves health care; lets stop treating anyone who's critical of American policy as if they were a terrorist; lets take a stand against racism and sexism; and lets end the genocide in Darfur. It's a tough call, but if we can get Obama in the White House, then we can do all this, too. I know we can and Obama gives me the hope that we will.
Brian O, Cambridge, MA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? The election of Barack Obma is one of the greatest days of my lifetime. I am beaming with hope and optimism and looking forward to a long successful Obama administration!
What should we do next? Focus on Congressional ethics reform and restoration (enhancement) of a strong system of checks and balances between the three branches of Government.
Josie P, Salem, CA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? Feels as if a weight is lifted off the country and the world.A new era is being ushered in.''Hope is not what you expect,it is what you would never dream''....I like that one. I suppose a many ''dreams'' are coming true as of election night?
What should we do next? Keep up the enthusiasm and support that has been going on. Let all the skeptics and McCain supporters know that the exact right choice was made.PEACE.
Catherine B, Chicago, IL
What does Obama's victory mean to you? The Chicago victory rally in Grant Park was an amazing experience and I'm confident about our future - YES WE WILL!
What should we do next? Support President Obama in every way that we can to make a better USA and a better world.
Dan N, Torrance, CA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I feel that this victory has given me a chance to win back my country. The movement has restored my long lost faith in the good and future of America.
What should we do next? Fight to have Guantanamo Bay burned to the ground, have an orderly withdraw from Iraq, support our troops, restore our alliances, put people to work.
Naomi D, Roanoke, VA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? We are Virginians living in Dubai for 2 years. My daughters go to an international school with kids from 72 other countries. After this election, we are so proud to say we are Americans, and I am even more proud to say I am from the blue state of Virginia!
What should we do next? Adopt stray cats and dogs! And then fix the environment--each and every one of us. Obama needs to remind us that we are all resposible: when we drive instead of walking, when we turn up the heat instead of putting on a sweater, when we buy what we don't really need....it all adds up. How about calling for a little sacrifice from *every*one?
Kari L, Seattle, WA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? It means that for the first time in my life I feel like I belong in this country, and that this country will finally become a member of this world.
What should we do next? Work to separate church and state from the issue of marriage. Civil Unions for all who want them! Civil unions are an economic alliance for adults who want to combine finances. Marriage should be completely separate and a matter left entirely for religious institutions to decide. If people want to get married, they need to find a religious institution that will do this for them. Ban state endorsed marriages!
Diedre c, San Pedro, CA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? This election meant that I was in control of my future and my voice was heard. Barack Obama made people feel proud to be an American, that dreams can come true. I am honored to be a part of this hiostorical event and his election. I enjoyed volunteering on his campaign and will be committed to helping him while he is President. I thank him for being the hope we need. I am proud of our country, we did it.
What should we do next? VOLUNTEER, SPEAK TO THE YOUNG AND OLD TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO GET INVOLVED. WITHOUT COMMUNITY ORGANZING AND VOLUNTEERING THERE CAN BE NO RESULTS.
Leigh F, Maple City, MI
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I am elated, hopeful, proud, and amazed.
What should we do next? Keep up the good energy we will need to really change things!
Laurette A, Crescent City, FL
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I've waited 8 years to feel good about our country again. When Obama won the election at 11pm Nov 4, 2008 my kitty cat and I danced all around my bedroom! What a night.
What should we do next? Pray for President Elect Obama!
amjad s, Lincolnwood, IL
What does Obama's victory mean to you? To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.We all are so happy.
What should we do next? How can we help now to make this world peacefull.
janice P, Tome, NM
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I wish I could put into words the depth of emotion I feel about the election of BarackObama as our next president. My friends and family listened to me throughout the election process with reactiions from passionate encouragement, mild bemusement , skepticism, and even concerns about my sanity. But in the end, because of the hard work of hundreds of local volunteers, assisted by hundreds more from California, Texas and beyond, who walked the pavements and drove the dirt back roads tracking down voters one by one and talking to them about issues: pro-life (a biggie here), the economy, the war, unions, veterans,education, etc. etc., we turned the county from red to blue by over 1500 votes. In my 66 years, I never worked in a political campaign before. I said I could never make phone calls or canvass neightborhoods; I would donate food or lodging, make signs, contribute what I could. But before I knew it, there I was, talking to strangers on the phone and on their doorsteps about things that mattered to our everyday lives. I was chased by dogs, petted goats, treated to a tour of beautiful gardens by a non-supporter, had doors slammed in my face, and found new insights into issues. In the end, I truly believe that Valencia County, New Mexico and the country have discovered a new sense of community purpose, a way of communicating with each other with respect and compassion, even when we don't agree. I believe that this offers great promise for the future of our country. I am so proud to be part of this historic moment. As we said here in NM: OBAMANOS!! Yes we Can! Yes we did! and Yes we will!! This is the beginning. I am hopeful for our future!!
What should we do next? Keep up the momentum. The hard work is before us!