After volunteering week after week for nearly one year, Hillary Clinton super supporters like Diana Lightner and Charmaine Slye aren't ready to take down the signs or give up the fight.
“It's definitely a grieving process,” said Lightner.
“I think we need to move quickly through the grief,” added Slye.
“We worked so hard on this campaign. For me, when you work so hard, you cannot feel defeated,” Slye continued. “I really feel like we won in that everyone is opening their eyes to America. Coming together, not just being in a silo, it really changed our hearts to what we want to do.”
Clinton, addressing supporters for the first time Wednesday night since conceding, urged her supporters to “stay engaged.”
“Believe in our country,” said Clinton. “Fight for our values and never, ever give up.”
“I feel like there's an entire nation that fell down with her. That's the words of a president that can motivate people to get back up,” Slye noted of the remarks.
“It just furthered my resolve to work for the values she had and the hope she had for our country,” added Lightner.
Lightner is now working to gather supporters weekly to figure out next steps and how volunteers can stay engaged and continue working on behalf of issues raised during the campaign.
“There’s little satellites of women all of this city especially getting together and trying to figure out how they can contribute individually or as a group to moving forward,” said Lightner.
“People are really asking now what can I do, what can I do,” said Slye. “There are a lot of things to do. I think you need for find something that resonates with you.”
Meanwhile, donations to groups like Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union have surged, post-election, according to The New York Times and other media outlets.
As for healing the divide evident this election season, Slye said open hearts and continued dialogue are key.
“Let’s work at trying to talk to each other because it’s easy to listen to all of those outside voices, the media, what’s on Facebook. It’s easy to fall into negative; it’s harder to move towards positive. That’s hard work,” she said.
“Educate yourself, talk to people, step out. Let’s break this bubble,” she continued.
“When I'm out talking to people, campaigning, and I come across someone who is not necessarily on our side, the first thing I ask them is what issue is most important to you. If we can start there, maybe it will be easy to find common ground,” said Lightner.
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