What Is "Hear Our Voice"? The Women's March Third Action Asks You To Engage Local Lawmakers
The Women's March movement organizers have not been slowing down since their worldwide protests took inauguration weekend by storm in January. With the hopes of continuing that momentum, the group was ready with their "10 Actions in the First 100 Days" initiative. Launched the day after the protests, the Women's March organizers are asking supporters to complete one action every ten days during the all-important first 100 days of the Trump administration. Following a letter writing campaign and a nationwide call to "host a huddle" among fellow activists, The Women's March third action, "Hear Our Voice," has been released.
Organizers are asking that supporters host a "Hear Our Voice" event for their members of Congress. This could take on the form of a meeting, protest, or action that directly engages your legislators. The goal is to get as much done as possible around President's Day weekend, and the action will continue throughout Feb. 26.
The action kicked off with a "tele-townhall" event featuring Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, Leah Greenberg of Indivisible, United State of Women officials, and two co-chairs of the Women's March. During the hour-and-a-half-long tele-townhall, the group discussed everything from the most effective ways to organize or participate in "Hear Our Voice" events to what life may look like for immigrants in the wake of the Affordable Care Act repeal.
The action also encourages supporters to find and participate in their elected officials' town hall events via a map available on the webpage. You can search to see if your officials are hosting one. The action also offers the Indivisible Guide's town hall fact sheet that gives tips on how to make your town hall event as productive as possible.
In the event that your representative is not holding a town hall event or refuses to meet with you (a likelihood considering how contentious town hall events have been for some members lately), the Hear Our Voice action suggests giving them a call nevertheless.
The organizers are also asking that you register your event — whether it's something you put together yourself or a town hall you attend. This can help collect real, tangible numbers for the actions. Thanks to a similar tracker for the last action, supporters could see that nearly 5,000 groups around the country had organized "huddles," an informal conversation among friends about how to keep the movement going.
Actions like Hear Our Voice hope to channel the momentum of the marches into continued action and so far, it seems as though they're succeeding. Stay tuned for the ones to follow.