Hello everyone! I hope your weekend was as beautiful as mine. I spent Saturday marching up the the St. Paul Capitol with over 100,000 of my friends - and it was inspiring, to say the least.
I met so many incredible women while marching and listening to the speakers at the rally. This women was here with her daughter, and told me she thought her days protesting after Vietnam were over. I was so proud to tell her my own (totally badass) Mother in Law was in the crowd as well, sharing a similar story. Women came from all over the state, to unite as one.
Within the march, I found a sense of community I've never experienced before. It was truly a profound experience, gathering with over 100,000 likeminded women who are ready for change. After the inauguration on Friday, this march came like the rainbow after the storm. A welcomed sign that the rain never lasts forever!
I worry deeply about our Planet Earth and global warming, so we've made changes within our family to start doing what we can to protect the environment, but I needed more. As a women of both white and economic privilege, I know my voice is heard and acknowledged more than others, and therefore I need to use it. I believe in intersectional feminism and I know that protesting or fighting for causes specific to myself and my family, does not always benefit those who need help the most.
My life has not always been as filled with blessings as it is today. As a late teen and early adult I struggled desperately just to make it by. I utilized resources like Planned Parenthood for free health screenings and birth control, I sought free counseling when I felt the tunnel of my depression closing in, and government funded resources helped bring me back to life. I am the product of a system that may no longer exist and therefore I WILL NOT STAY SILENT AND COMPLICIT IN THIS TRAVESTY.
SO here we are, the first week of the new era, and I don't know about you, but I'm still angry. I'm still worried. I am still concerned. So here's what we do next.
First off - CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE every week and tell them what you care about. Here is a link to an incredibly useful Google Doc which explains what to say once you call. Use the first tab for specific scripts, the second tab for direct lines to congressmen like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, and the third for helpful tips on why this is so important: “The goal is to generate a high volume of calls that require the operator to check off individual boxes,” it reads. “That means it’s critical to name your issues specifically and not just say something like ‘I oppose Trump.”
The number -- 202-224-3121 -- connects you with a person who will connect you to your congressional representative's office.
Protect my healthcare? CALL THEM!
Protect the rights of women and all minorities? CALL THEM!
Protect my right to choose? CALL THEM!
Equal pay for equal work? CALL THEM!
No bigots or billionaires in the Cabinet? CALL THEM!
No right wing appointees to the Supreme Court? CALL THEM!
Next, check out The Indivisible Guide which lays out a strategic plan and guides towards resisting the Trump agenda. Sign up for the newsletter which will keep you updated on the ongoings of policy changes and what you can do.
Check out 10 Actions 100 Days, an effort put forth by the organizers of the Women's March on Washington which provides actions you can do each day and easy printable cards to send to Washington and guides towards how to start these conversations.
And if you can, donate. The ACLU, Planned Parenthood, The CPJ which helps protect journalist freedom. Campaign Zero whose mission is Police reform focusing on Black Lives Matter. The NAACP, and my favorite, She Should Run, a non-profit focusing on empowering young women to run for office.
Did you march this weekend? I would love to hear where, and about your experience!
And never forget, the day after the elections a grandmother in Hawaii asked a few friends to protest with her. It resulted in a multi-million force that spread across the globe. All 7 continents, all 50 states. One person CAN make a difference when others are involved. Let's do this!