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FEATURING  LAUREL WALES – Tuesday November 7th marked a day shy of a year since Donald Trump’s shocking electoral college win and already there are signs that the mass trauma his administration has foisted upon the nation is fueling a political backlash.

In races around the country from city council seats to governor’s races, a number of progressives took power. Some identified as Democrats, some even called themselves socialist. Many were symbolic of the diversity that Trump’s America is attempting to cleanse from the nation.

Among them was Danica Roem, Virginia’s first openly transgender state legislator who fittingly beat ultra-conservative and self-proclaimed homophobe, Republican Bob Marshall – the man who authored Virginia’s anti-transgender bathroom bill.

Also defying white supremacist patriarchal forces was Ravi Bhalla, who became the first Sikh mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey after facing down racist ads implying that he was a terrorist.

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Laurel Wales is the deputy director of movement politics at People’s Action, one of the largest progressive organizations in the country, with more than a million people across 30 states working for economic, racial, gender and climate justice.

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