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Many times, I’ve explained how the Democrats lost me.

No times, until this week, did I explain how Bernie Sanders won me.

I committed here to writing about the love, ultimately pouring my heart into 1,500 words of “Bernie, Because I Was Poor.”

Writing about my love instead of my earlier rage felt joyous. Right.

Something unexpected and beautiful happened even after I posted. Someone tweeted three magic words that made me cry: I believe you.

For years, my slogan has been, “your belief is irrelevant.”

All the same, seeing those three words opened the floodgates for me. Those words of support weren’t only about me, but my mom, who spent her whole life yearning for people to believe and lift (instead of castigating) her.

I’ll include some more tweets behind a cut below. One was retweeted more than 80 times, which meant I saw the hashtag #IBelieveYou every few minutes throughout Saturday. Each time, I said quiet thanks.

In ways I’ll have to explain later, the piece only happened because I got out to vote for California delegates last weekend. Actually stepping out into my community and interacting with people here changed everything for me.

If you’re yearning to do something but don’t know what to do, you might consider attending an Our First Stand: Save Health Care rally tomorrow. People will gather across the U.S. to demonstrate our commitment to health care as a human right.


By showing up, you have the power to help save lives … all while setting aside worrying in favor of acting, from love.

It may not be everything, but it’s a fine start.

More #IBelieveYou tweets below the cut

  1. January 15, 2017 at 1:36 am

    A moving piece. I really wish he had won.

    • January 15, 2017 at 6:12 am

      Me, too. I love him for still being out there even so, still trying to make things better for people, still trying to build up a grassroots movement of people willing to work to protect each other … I’m so heartened by that.

      • January 15, 2017 at 5:06 pm

        Likewise. He’s the only candidate who’s kept at his political campaign. That tells me he was there for more than just the thrill of winning.

  2. January 15, 2017 at 5:21 am

    The power of the Internet has never failed to surprise me even after two decades. I love that you’ve found a platform that lets you get your story heard!

    • January 15, 2017 at 6:14 am

      Me, too! It goes to show, too, how reaching out and saying “hey, your words move me” (to Michael, in this case), can end up being a much more powerful thing than it seems at the time. 🙂

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