Saturday January 21, 2017 restored my faith in humanity.
750,000 of us gathered peacefully at the Women’s March Los Angeles, a sister march to the Women’s March on Washington – women, men children, transgender, black, white, Latino, Asian, Jewish, Muslim, Christian, gay, straight, native born and immigrant – with millions more around the world.
At last count, the numbers were said to have reached more than 4 million people across seven continents.
We stood together for equality, acceptance, compassion, dignity, and liberty and justice for all. It was a peaceful, powerful and inclusive experience, and now many people are asking, where do we go from here?
Filmmaker and activist Michael Moore urged the close to one million people who gathered in Washinton D.C. on Saturday to call Congress daily (202-225-3121) and join groups like Planned Parenthood, ACLU and NARAL. You can see his full speech here.
It’s also important to get your news from reputable sources and hold the press accountable. I wrote an earlier piece with a list of credible news outlets and additional non-profits that need your help here.
Looking for additional ideas and ways to get and stay involved? Here are a few more:
100 Days of Resistance Agenda from Robert Reich
The #LoveArmy coordinates regular action to fight hate with love and brings people together in large and small gatherings. They will be hosting teach-ins and revivals, and will continue to fight for an inclusive country where everyone counts and everyone matters.
Get weekly suggestions from #FightTrump.
And from the same group that brought us the Women’s March on Washington, every ten days you can take an important action on relevant issues: 10 Actions For the First 100 Days.
And don’t forget that mid-term elections are on November 6, 2018. Thirty-three senate seats, 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 39 governorships will be up for re-election. Put it on your calendar and start taking action now to be an informed voter. Remember, the President isn’t all –powerful, and you can make effective change through voting for your local and state representatives.
Educate yourself, stay involved, support the groups that need our help and VOTE.
When we #standtogether we can move mountains. It’s love, after all, not hate, that makes America great.