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Friend —

There’s a story I tell in my book What Happened that I’ve been thinking about this week. A short while after last November’s election, I attended a dance recital for my granddaughter Charlotte. Now, Charlotte was only two at the time, and as you might expect, she and her friends hadn’t quite mastered their performances.

As I watched Charlotte and her friends laugh and fall down and get up again, I thought about how glad I was to be there, watching my granddaughter have the time of her life on stage.

In a hard year, it can seem impossible to take the time to be grateful. But even as we’re doubling down in the fight to defend our shared values, there is so much to be thankful for. Time with our loved ones. The victories we’ve seen recently. A resistance that is refusing to be silenced by hateful, divisive rhetoric.

And I’m grateful for you.

This warm, smart, big-hearted team has given me so much — from your support during my last campaign to your kind notes, hugs, and well-wishes. Now I’m asking you for one more thing: not to give up.

If you’re with me, add your name right now.

May your holiday be warm and full of love,


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Friend —

I have been thinking lately about bravery — the bravery of citizens like Heather Heyer who lost her life fighting the organized forces of hate and divisiveness, of volunteers who are rescuing strangers in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and of young DACA recipients who are fighting for their future in the only country they know and love.

Some days, it feels like the work left to do is insurmountable. But if I’ve learned anything, it’s that those are the days we need each other the most. That’s one of the reasons we created Onward Together: to support smart, passionate activists who know what needs to be done and could use a little bit of our help to get there. You can read more about one of the groups we’re supporting, Run for Something, below. I hope that in learning more about these groups, you find yourself inspired to get in what my friend John Lewis calls “good, necessary trouble.”

I’ve also been reading a lot. I was riveted by historian Timothy Snyder’s “On Tyranny” and by Elena Ferrante’s final Neapolitan novel. Yes, I’ve enjoyed a few good mystery novels, too. And I’ve been fortunate enough to see quite a bit of theater — if you get the chance to see “Come From Away” on Broadway, take it.

This fall, I’ll be embarking on a book tour of my own — which means that I’ll be able to see many of you while I’m out on the road. Click here to get more information about where and how you can get tickets, and hopefully I’ll see you soon.



Onward Together works to build a brighter future for generations to come by supporting groups that encourage people to organize in their communities or run for office. Because you’re an important part of Onward Together, we wanted you to get a chance to know these groups a little bit better. To learn more about Onward Together, click here.
The organization: Run for Something

The organizers: Amanda Litman, former HFA email director, and Ross Morales Rocketto, veteran campaigner and political operative.

The mission: Recruiting and supporting talented, passionate young people who will advocate for progressive values now and for the next 30 years, with the ultimate goal of building a progressive bench.

The story: When Amanda and Ross launched Run for Something on Inauguration Day, they thought they’d have to push and push to eventually get even 100 people to learn more about running for local office. Instead, they’ve recruited more than 11,000 young activists, community leaders, students, educators, small-business owners, and thinkers to sign up to make real change in their own communities.

The latest: With the support they’ve received from Onward Together, Run for Something was able to endorse and support seven young candidates in the Virginia House of Delegates primary elections — and they’ve now endorsed 78 amazing young people running for local office in 19 states. Plus, every candidate who meets the basic criteria qualifies for access to Run for Something’s mentorship program, which connects campaign experts — including senior staff from at least three presidential campaigns — with first-time candidates.

The next step: Getting ready for the Virginia House of Delegates election on November 7th. Head to runforsomething.net to learn more.

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I just wanted to thank you and everyone on this team for all the well-wishes you’ve sent.

And since I’ve been hearing from so many people today, I wanted to tell you personally that I’m feeling fine and getting better. (It doesn’t hurt to be able to spend some time at home with my dogs.)

Like anyone who’s ever been home sick from work, I’m just anxious to get back out there. There’s so much at stake in this election, and we only have 57 days left in this campaign — I want to make each one count.

Thank you for being the warmest, toughest, and most dependable team I could hope for — you’ve lifted me up, today and every day.

– H


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