Yesterday and this weekend have been tough for so many of us. Especially as we continue to fight an administration that supports and pardons racists, actively seeks to inflict harm on immigrant communities, and is more concerned about TV ratings and tweets than the lives of Americans.
Over the weekend, thousands and thousands of our neighbors were displaced and some are still trapped in their homes by Hurricane Harvey, with more rain on the way. It's an unimaginably tough situation; but, no matter how hard it is, I am inspired by the many good people who come together to be there for one another. If you can, I urge you to send monetary donations to support Houston. You can find a list of resources here: http://bit.ly/TXDems-Harvey.
In Clovis yesterday, a young man gained access to a gun and killed two people and injured four in a public library. There is no telling the number of people traumatized by this event. While nothing excuses senseless violence, we've since learned this young man struggled with suicide ideation, severe anxiety, and bullying at his school. I am angry at the failures of our State to invest in and sustain behavioral health resources, such as TeamBuilders Counseling Services in Clovis that was forced to shut down in 2013, and Arizona-based Turquoise Health & Wellness that pulled out of Clovis in 2015. I am angry that our State has so under-resourced our schools that we don't have comprehensive bullying prevention programs and enough school counselors to provide support. I am angry that our State can't put politics and profits aside to find sensible gun control solutions to keep New Mexicans safe. We as a society need to do better, and I send my deepest condolences to the families and communities in Clovis.
Also yesterday, I heard the news of losing my friend and colleague, Susan Popovich, who was just elected as Santa Fe Democratic Party Chair. After the 2016 primary between Senator Sanders and Secretary Clinton, I worked with leaders across the state to begin the unity process, and Susan was one of the first people I called. She immediately jumped on board, and helped put together an important and successful unity event. Susan was always the first one to arrive and the last one to leave. All of us at Team Deb will miss her immensely, not just because she worked hard, but also because she was always positive, happy, and genuine.
These are trying times. We need to reflect about the world in which we live and allow ourselves to feel the grief over what has happened and is happening. Hug everyone a bit tighter today, be thankful for what we have, and then let's get back to work to move our country forward.