When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell silenced Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday with the words, "Nevertheless, she persisted," the action prompted immediate retaliation from the internet. Those three words had the opposite of their intended effect; Warren may no longer be able to speak in the current debate, but many others who were listening have refused to be silenced. The phrase has became a rallying cry — and an inspiring one, at that. So, if you're looking for action items that will help you "persist," you've come to the right place.
As part of Warren's speech opposing Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions, she cited a letter written by activist Coretta Scott King. (Yes, she was married to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but let's not forget that she was a powerful force for change herself.) King wrote the document back in 1986 for the Senate Judiciary Committee to express her own dissent against Sessions's appointment as a federal district court judge in Alabama, making it a particularly effective source for Warren.
So when McConnell cut Warren off during the debate, it spoke volumes about how many people in the government — and our culture at large — really feel about the value of women, of people of color, and of pretty much anyone who isn't a straight, white, cisgender, man: That is, that they are worth less, that their voices are worth less, and that they should be seen and not heard.
As such, it is perhaps unsurprising that "Nevertheless, she persisted" has now become the "nasty woman" of 2017. But as we learned then, there are words, and then there is action. While denouncing Trump's policies and administration within your social circle may feel good temporarily, it may not effect as much change in policy-making as actually doing something about it.
Warren, King, and so many others, both throughout history and in the present, show us how important it is to persist and to resist. We've got to keep that momentum going. To that end, here are seven things you can do to take action: