Joe Biden is the next president of the United States. Kamala Harris will be the country’s first female, first Black and first South Asian vice president. Biden and Harris have promised to promote policies that improve the lives and livelihoods of everyone in our country. Every Texan will work to hold the new administration to that promise.
In response to today’s official election results, Every Texan Legislative & Policy Director Luis Figueroa issued the following statement:
“We congratulate Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their election, and we thank the millions of voters, volunteers, grassroots organizers and others who engaged in this election and protected our democracy.
“The nation has shown it’s ready to turn the page and leave the politics of divisiveness, dog whistles and support for white supremacists and other hate groups behind us. The last four years have been a constant stream of racism, xenophobia and narcissism spewing from the White House. This is not about partisanship; it’s about our shared values. It’s time for healing in America, which will not happen overnight or after one election.
“As we have done for over 35 years, Every Texan will work with the new and returning elected officials in Washington, DC and Texas who want to begin the healing with systemic, data-driven, and equitable public policy. We envision a Texas where people of all backgrounds can contribute to and share in the prosperity of our state.
“We know that America is more divided than ever, and racial, ethnic, gender and other injustices are not going away just because of a change in Washington. It will take Texans of all backgrounds digging into our shared values of friendship, kindness and respect to rebuild the fabric of our communities. It’s time to tear down the systems of oppression that threaten the lives of Black people, immigrants, Indigenous people and people of color in America and threaten the livelihoods of many more.
“This past year has seen America stricken with an unprecedented pandemic, in which most federal and state leaders in the political majority have failed to lead. With a change in the White House, we expect leaders at all levels will rely more on science and data to rebuild our economy and the health of our communities in an equitable way.”