2017 was a year of upheaval. A year when Barack Obama walked out of the Oval Office for the last time, and a new President entered the White House by redirecting the anger of economic disillusionment into racism and bigotry. 2017 illuminated the corruptions inside our political system, and how those corruptions have poisoned and stolen our government from the people. A dark suspicion consumed the White House in 2017 as Special Counsel Mueller and his team investigate the possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

2017 was a year of old wounds being exposed as white supremacists walked American streets proudly with Nazi flags, and the #MeToo movement shined a light on the continued struggle for women in America. President Trump ordered a ban on people coming from nations to protect us from terrorism even though Saudi Arabia, the nation where 15 of the 19 September 11th hijackers came from, was not on his list. Donald Trump rescinded DACA and continued to call for a wall on our southern border. He used an old political tool to scapegoat those crossing the border as if they are stealing jobs from citizens and bringing crime with them. President Trump criticized football players for exercising their right to kneel during the National Anthem to bring awareness to police brutality in the African-American community.

Hurricanes gashed through Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico and the “free market” has not helped in getting the lights back on in Puerto Rico. Mass shootings again tore their way through communities, but the media coverage has weaned on such tragedies because they have become so common. And the year finished with the dismantling of Net Neutrality and a tax bill that offers a $1.6 trillion tax cut to our society’s wealthiest, which only exacerbates inequality in America.

2017 was certainly a year of upheaval, but this chaos can lead to action in 2018 if we have the courage to stand up and demand more from our government. America cannot continue to thrive with a government that only serves the few, and with widening inequalities, a warming planet, and a broken healthcare system. We must act now. Let’s all make 2018 the beginning of a shift in America where we pursue a new society of inclusion, a world that doesn’t warm at a catastrophic rate, a country that believes healthcare is a right, and an economy with the promise of upward mobility for those who are willing to work hard.