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.
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.