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Stay Plugged-In, Post-Women’s March

Women's March in Washington

Staying Plugged-In Post-Women’s March

Robyn Hegland
Director of Development

Since I’ve been able to vote, I’ve been organizing and fundraising for progressive causes.  The election was a blow.  It made me feel, briefly, like our work just hadn’t mattered.  I felt angry, helpless.  ‘What’s the point?” I thought.  For weeks, I was in a funk.  The women’s march changed that.  On Saturday, I felt hope again.  I felt fired up.  Millions are on our team—and we are nothing if not organized.  Together, our everyday actions add up to huge resistance.  We can keep the momentum of the women’s march going.  Here are some suggestions that the WVE staff has compiled, on how we intend to stay ‘plugged in’ post-women’s march.

  • Volunteer.  Can you give your time?  Join a board or committee, get in on phone banks, register voters, staff events.  Think about what skills you have that can help the movement, and seek out/say YES to opportunities.  Not only will you be making a difference, but you will surround yourself with people that inspire.

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  • Acknowledge your privilege and be an ally.  As a white/heterosexual/middle-class/able-bodied woman, I remind myself daily that I am protected by privileges that others do not have.  We can all be better allies, and now is the time to think about how, and to put ourselves out there and do it.  I plan to educate myself about issues of race/class/orientation/ability/and more and show up in support of those causes as well, and not just those that affect me directly.
  • Call your senators and representativesThis one is hard for us introverts.  But it really does make more of an impact than an e-mail or a Facebook tirade.  Whatever issue it is—toxics, healthcare, refugees, abortion access—pick up the phone and make it known that you care, and that you are watching.
  • Think about running for office, and encourage other women to run.  Participate in a training or info session.  Find a local mentor.  Make it part of your life plan, even if it’s long term.  And support other women who run—donate to and volunteer for their campaigns.  It’s time that we have government representatives who represent our needs, views, struggles, diversity—and if not you, then who?
  • Show up. Millions showed up for marches across the nation last Saturday, but there are countless local events throughout the year to attend (check your community calendars and follow local organizations online to stay informed). As Gloria Steinem reminded us, ‘Thank you for understanding that sometimes we must put our bodies where our beliefs are. Sometimes pressing send is not enough.’
  • READ EVERYTHING.  Not just headlines. Dive into articles that pop up on your social media sites and carefully consider the sources. Keep apprised of current events.  Be vigilant so that you can respond swiftly.  And it’s a good time to pick up some books on race, class, gender and grassroots organizing.  (Why not start with ‘Do It Anyway’ by Courtney E. Martin?)

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  • Hold corporations accountable.  We can’t wait for government to regulate.  And, companies are ultimately beholden to the demands of their customers.  Women have a massive amount of economic power to influence companies. Use that power. Pick up the phone and let a company know if you don’t agree with their practices. And vote with your dollar – don’t support companies who don’t support the causes that you believe in.
  • Continue to share how you feel with your family, friends and networks.  Okay, maybe it’s not healthy to continuously get into Facebook arguments with your cousin (too real?), but it’s important to speak up however you can, whenever you can—because this. is. not. normal. (repeat x100) and we are not alone- the march showed us that.  Encourage dialogue on issues that matter to you, because they matter to countless others too.
  • Take care of yourselfWere you so busy with all of your post-March actions that you forgot to eat?  Do you need to exercise?  How about enjoying a glass of wine?  Maybe you need to pet your dog, do some knitting, go to the dentist, call your mom, dance around to this great playlist, journal, laugh, take a nap.  Whatever it is, ask yourself what you need and then make it happen.  Remember, if you don’t put your oxygen mask on first, you can’t help anyone else.  

We’d love to hear how you’re staying plugged in post-Women’s March!  Let us know in the comments.

2 Responses

  1. calle

    Ladies,
    How many of you are teaching your children about nutrition!

    How to preserve food? How to cook from scratch!
    Survival skills?
    How to dan and preserve food?

    I lived through women’s lib, I have seen how women are no longer the teachers of their families.

    I see more heath problems not from a lack of healthcare but from a lack of knowledge that woman have historically been the purveyors of, so what are we going to do about it?

    Not that female lawyers etc aren’t important, but we are failing our children, our mothers, our elderly our communities.

    Big Pharma
    Big Food
    Big Medicine

    But no Big Momma!

  2. Calling representatives is hard for us introverts! I’m glad someone else agrees. Yesterday I made my first call (it was actually to the new FCC chairman) because the time for being shy has passed.

    I attended the Women’s Day of Action and Unity in Concord, NH (same day as the march in Washington), and I don’t regret it. A friend asked me whether it was all about bashing straight white males and Trump voters…It was nothing of the sort! All about love and acceptance.

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