You Can Keep Making History Even Now That The Women's March Is Over
Safe to say, the Women's March on Washington was a roaring success. While nearly 500,000 people marched in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, more than a million others gathered in cities around the world to voice their support for women's rights and the rights of other marginalized groups they feel may be at risk under President Donald Trump. But while the energy of the various Women's March events has certainly left participants fired up, many have wondered what happens next. As it turns out, there's a plan for that. Organizers behind the Women's March on Washington launched the 10 Actions campaign Sunday aimed at turning the momentum of the march into real action.
"Now is not the time to hang up our marching shoes," Women's March on Washington organizers said in a brief statement announcing their new campaign, 10 Actions For The First 100 Days. "It's time to get our friends, family, and community together and make history."
10 Actions For the First 100 Days aims to help those inspired by the energy of the Women's March on Washington take action on issues they care about in the first 100 days of Trump's presidency with easy step-by-step directions for sustained activism.
The campaign's first action calls on folks to write to their senators about an issue (or issues) they care about. Through the website for the 10 Actions For the First 100 Days campaign, anyone looking to participate can obtain official Women's March postcards to send to their Congressional representatives. However, if printing the postcard isn't possible, any card, stationary, or paper will do. The important thing is getting your thoughts and concerns into your senators' ears.
Along with offering a tip on how to get friends, family, or neighbors in on the action, the campaign also helps connect participants with their specific senators' mailing addresses. Meaning the only thing participants will be pressed to hunt down on their own is a stamp.
While the dust from Saturday's Women's Marches may have only just settled, people are already responding to organizers' call for sustained action. In an effort to inspire and encourage others, Twitter users began sharing their concerns and ready-to-mail official Women's March postcards Sunday under the hashtag #WhyIMarch.
But the 10 Actions For the First 100 Days campaign doesn't stop with reaching out to senators. Through the 10 Actions For the First 100 Days campaign, Women's March on Washington organizers will reportedly release a new action – and some helpful guidance on how to get it done – every 10 days. Those interested in building on the momentum of the Women's March on Washington can sign up for email alerts regarding the campaign's next suggested action.