Many people are issuing statements to help people figure out how to think about the results of the Presidential election. Being mindful of the diversity of opinion within the nonprofit community, we are appreciative of this one from two of California’s highest elected officials, Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate President ProTempore Kevin de León.

We are reminded that Speaker Rendon had a long career in nonprofits before moving to government; as a “native son” of the nonprofit community, we can’t help but see nonprofit values reflected in this statement. Our thanks to them both and we hope you will share their words with your staff, board, volunteers and the people you serve.

Clearly our nonprofit community has much important work to do in the days ahead. If you are not already a member of CalNonprofits, please join us now to help keep our community strong. 

Joint Statement from California Legislative Leaders on Result of Presidential Election

November 09, 2016

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) released the following statement on the results of the President election:

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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