Patrisse Cullors, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (BLMGNF), released the following statement in response to the election results:
“We knew tonight’s results might be inconclusive. While we don’t know who won, we must fight to make sure every vote is counted, because there is too much at stake for Black people and for our movement to stop fighting now.
We have taken our movement and our power to the polls. Because so many in our movement showed up to the polls, it’s going to take some time to make sure every ballot is counted. Now is the time we must stay focused; we cannot use this delay as reason to question the results.
Despite what President Trump tweeted and what he says in his speech tonight, he cannot claim to have won the election — or that the race is being stolen — until all votes are counted. We need to keep the pressure on our elected officials and Secretaries of State so President Trump and the Republicans can’t steal this election. We need to check our ballot status and make sure our vote was counted. Then make sure our friends and family check, too. And be on the lookout for disinformation or anyone prematurely declaring the winner.
And while we wait, let’s celebrate wins tonight such as Cori Bush for the U.S. House from Missouri; Jamaal Bowman for the U.S. House from New York; Shayla Adams-Stafford for the Prince George’s County (Maryland) School Board; and Jose Garza for the Travis County (Texas) District Attorney. We don’t know who won the presidential race, but we can celebrate the wins that have allowed us to put the power back into the hands of the people.”
About BLM Global Network Foundation
#BlacklivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murder. Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation is a global foundation supporting Black led movements in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combatting and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.