Three words spring to mind when summing up 2022: Relief, determination, and most of all: gratitude.
I’m so relieved that voters turned out and “fought for the soul of our country” to quote President Biden—and I’m so proud of the role CCAH played in helping to hold and strengthen the U.S. Senate and reelect so many House members and governors through our partnerships with the DSCC, EMILY’s List, and DGA.
In the face of unprecedented voter-suppression tactics, our partners at Legal Defense Fund made sure that Georgia voters turned out like never before to reelect Sen. Raphael Warnock. We bucked the history that said a president’s party can’t win in his first midterms. Democrats strengthened their hold in battlegrounds like Arizona and Michigan and Pennsylvania.
But not all was celebratory in 2022. The Supreme Court gave American women a true gut punch when they overturned Roe v Wade, and that’s when my determination kicked in as never before. We’ve been in the trenches protecting reproductive freedom for decades, and as we proved since Roe’s demise in June, we won’t sit back and take it, we will dig in and we will keep going.
After all, that is the core of what we do at CCAH: we keep pushing forward.
That’s the message I’ve always tried to communicate to my daughter—now a teenager facing a very unpredictable future because of the politics in this country. But here’s what I know: hers is arguably the most enlightened generation when it comes to accepting people as they are: gender identity, body image, LGBTQ+ equality … they are open-minded and curious people.
And with her generation already taking up the mantle for reproductive freedom, climate action, gun control, income inequality, and so much more … I am filled with gratitude and tremendous hope for what’s to come.
As we ring in 2023, I am grateful for my family, my MissionWired and CCAH colleagues, our indefatigable clients, and this crazy, polarized, unpredictable, wonderful country.
I’m looking forward to working with all of you in the new year, to continue to right our society’s wrongs, to advance justice and equality, and to help everyone live the lives they want to live. I’ll close with one of my favorite quotes: