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It may already seem like a long time ago, but just last week at this time Pennsvylania and Philadelphia in particiular were in focus and on point as votes were tallied in the national election. It bears repeating that there hasn’t been a more important election during most of our lifetimes. And the highest voter turnout on record reflected that fact. This community moved, and was not going to be sidelined. If ever there was a doubt that one’s vote counted – this election made it clear that your vote matters, your voice matters, and YOU matter. 

Your vote generated the first, but, as she said, “not the last,” African-American Indian Woman Vice President of the United States!!! (I know this is an academic audience, but I’m confident you appreciate the intentional grammar flaw 🙂 

VP elect Harris and President elect Biden have their work cut out for them. Leading and governing our divided population into a shared future with true liberty and justice for all, while rebuilding relationships with our international allies, revitalizing our economy and rededicating it to sustaining the planet, and ending a pandemic that has demanded significant changes to our daily lives is not a small task! 

With that in mind, consider your civic contribution. Thank you to those who worked to drive voter turnout and ensure all votes were counted this election cycle. As you’ve heard our newly elected leaders say, “Now the work begins.” With the abundance of gifts and skills and leadership present in members of the ACE network, we can make this United States a better place. What might you do?