Aimee Patton

A pleasantly eccentric take on politics

I woke up, checked my twitter feed and sure enough it wasn’t a bad dream, the 45th President was still Trump

Ugh…so I put on my “Nasty Woman” t-shirt, made some signs, joined 2.5 million of my closest friends around the globe and went out to make a statement.

We chanted, cheered and sang.  We were wearing our pink hats, held our signs and marched.

We made a major statement.

 

So now what?  What happens now that the march is over, the signs are in the trash and I’ve kicked up my sore feet?

Here’s what happens.

1. Pick the issue that you passionate about.  I realize there is a massive list of issues to choose from.  Just focus on one.  Don’t try to be superwoman and join them all.

In Kansas City, there were speeches about:

  • Women’s and Reproductive Health
  • Gun Control
  • Refugee Support
  • Increasing Minimum Wage
  • LGBT Issues
  • Sexual Assault Awareness

Oprah would remind us that burn out happens when we try to do too much.  Commit to focusing on one issue.

2. Stay informed. Sign up for your local representative’s newsletters, read your local paper, watch the news.  Make a statement against Trump by supporting the press.  If you can find 5 minutes, you can read the headlines.

3. Voice your opinion.  The first step was today, but take a step every day.  Post on social media, follow hashtags, write emails or start a blog.  Speak up often enough so that the representatives know who you are.  If you are in Kansas City, the twitter hashtags to follow are #ksleg and #moleg.  If we all commit to speaking out during key legislation, we can make an impact.  We witnessed the power in our numbers today.  One of my signs today said, “I’m a huge pain in the ass” – I wasn’t kidding.  Be a pain in the ass with me.






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4. Think about running for office.  Michael Moore said it today and it is so true.  Change happens at the local level.  We need new local leaders.  Find out what it takes to run for office and go for it.  If you can’t run, commit to volunteering for a campaign.

Rallies are amazing, energizing and inspiring.  They make us feel good and part of a community, but the difficult time comes when you are alone and don’t have the energy of the crowd to keep you engaged.  Do what it takes to stay involved.  Reach out on social media for the support to stay engaged.  The women’s march was the first step in the real march which is withstand the Trump administration and win the next election.

It was a powerful first step and I’m proud I took part in it.

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6 thoughts on “Kansas City Women’s March #strongertogether

  1. John Black says:

    Gun control—as a “woman’s” issue? Why not gun training?
    Talk empowerment all you want, but when confronted by a stronger person in a dark parking lot, you will wish you had means of self protection.

  2. freckeye says:

    Thank you, Aimee. Hope we all try our best to follow these suggestions! It is a good plan of action.

    Sent from my iPhone – Carolyn

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  3. Samuel "Red" Wright says:

    As someone who disagrees with Aimee Patton on most political issues, after reading this post, I must give her credit for a nice well-written article. You see, while we disagree on politics, I think she’s an intelligent, well-meaning person who feels passionately about her issues. She’s encouraging her readers to get actively involved if they wish to make a difference. How could I argue with that?

    What I particularly enjoyed about this blog post was that it focused on level-headed action and went easy on the the inflammatory rhetoric which feels good at the time of writing (people do like to vent) but usually just serves to spark a shouting match.

    Ok, that’s it, now it’s back to some of my own issues:

    Improving healthcare for all Americans by emphasizing open markets, competition, efficiency, technology, and a safety net for the needy.
    Strong support for our law enforcement agencies.
    Preventing refugee creation by not starting, funding, or supporting civil conflicts or terrorist groups around the world.
    Strongly supporting education, vocational technology, military service, job mentoring, and small business creation.
    Enforcing existing American jurisprudence.
    Zero tolerance for criminal violence against any American.

    Cheers to Aimee Patton!

    1. Aimee Patton says:

      Thank you so much for this wonderful comment! Our nation is full of people who disagree right now, but I appreciate the fact that we can do so in a civil manner. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. Cheers – Aimee

  4. Peace Pilgrim says:

    Here’s an inspiring young woman who went to William Jewell College in Liberty. She’s literally taking it day by day, one step at a time!
    https://her-odyssey.org/bethany-hughes-chief-adventurer/

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