How To Participate In The Women’s March Eighth Action & Inspire An Exchange Of Ideas
As the 100th day of President Donald Trump's first term approaches, organizers of the Women's March announced the eighth action of the 10 Actions/100 Days campaign. The campaign, which has released action items every 10 days since Trump took office, has been encouraging those who are #resisting to organize, educate themselves, and show up to maintain their momentum as more time passes post-election.
Perhaps as a response to concerns over the white feminism and lack of regard for intersectionality pointed out at many Women's March events, this latest action specifically calls on activists to examine intersections in a tangible way and connect with one another about the causes that get their hearts beating. The item, "Let's Talk: Why We Resist," encourages activists to start speaking with folks outside of their "familiar circles" and comfort zones and to engage on the local level with the different issues that affect people who may not look like them, think like them, or share the same life experiences. Per the statement from organizers on their website:
We proved that our liberation is bound to one another. We are not truly free, until the most marginalized among us are free. This means that we need to continue to learn and inform ourselves about the issues – especially the ones that may not affect our own lives.
Additionally, the organizers provided some step-by-step "actions" that people who want to get involved with this item can take to help them better facilitate conversations in their own communities and start collaborating on the state and local level. Per their site:
1. Learn how to engage in effective one-on-one conversations with people on the important topics and issues.
2. Host a group one-on-one training in your home (or another community space), where you and your friends, families, and colleagues, can practice guiding productive and open conversations about the issues.
3. Get out of your comfort zone and engage 5 new members of your community to find out what matters to them.
4. Tell us what you’ve learned! Take the survey below or click here to let us know which issues are important to you and your community.
5. Download and print these graphics (also at the bottom of the page). Fill in the blanks with the issues that matter to you and your communities. Share your responses on social media using the hashtag #WhyWeResist.
In addition to these tangible meet-ups, conversations, and actions, organizers stated the importance of uniting the various causes — which include Indigenous rights, immigrant rights, fighting for black lives, LGBTQIA+ rights, civil rights, environmental justice, sex workers' rights, reproductive freedom, issues facing people with disabilities, and economic justice. Ultimately, the goal of this item is to further cement that all of these issues are women's issues and connect passionate people in different activist spaces to mobilize in their own communities.