This past Saturday, January 21st, millions of people marched at over 600 Women's Marches across our nation and world. The combined total of people who took to the streets in cities from Washington, D.C. to Seattle and all cities in between is historic.
Saturday's marches were the starting line.
Now it's up to us to keep the march going strong as we return to our regularly (over) scheduled daily lives. We all know that democracy and justice aren't about one day, one person, or one election. We stay engaged in the easy times, and double down when it's hard.
It's time to double down.
If everyone sets aside 5 seconds, 5 minutes, or even 5 hours a week; then mountains will move. Together, we are a powerful force wherever and however we march -- and that includes marching from our phones while sitting on a bus on the way to work.
Keep your marching shoes on.
*Here are 5 actions this week that you can take from wherever you are right now to keep the #WomensMarch going! You can pick one action or all. You can do the action now or later. The most important thing is to keep the momentum going!
1- Protect Healthcare -- Now is a critical time to make our voices heard to protect healthcare coverage. The coverage of nearly 30 million people is at risk. Send a Letter to the Editor of your local newspaper to speak out for quality, affordable healthcare via this easy link! (It's truly easy. Sample language and direct links to papers are on the link when you click it).
*Click to help protect healthcare: http://action.momsrising.org/lte/Healthcare
2- Stop Hate! -- The U.S. Senate has started voting on Trump's cabinet nominees. It's an understatement to say that this isn't a normal cabinet, nomination process, or election. These nominees represent and promote hateful ideals and policies that are harmful for our children and our economy. We cannot stay silent because these dangerous cabinet nominations hurt our children and families, threaten our economy, and tear at the fabric or our democracy. Join us in telling the U.S. Senate not to confirm a Cabinet of Bigotry.
*Click to sign onto a letter to your U.S. Senator about the cabinet nominees: http://action.momsrising.org/sign/put-stop-cabinet-of-bigotry/
3- Advance Fair Pay -- Women on average earn just 80 cents to a man's dollar, moms just 71 cents, and women of color as low as 46 cents to a white man's dollar. Tell your elected officials to update our fair pay legislation now.
*Click to tell elected officials to stop unfair pay practices: http://action.momsrising.org/sign/Equal_Pay_2017/
4- Address the Childcare Emergency -- Childcare costs more than college. This is a national emergency. Parents need safe, enriching places for their children to be so they can go to work, kids need high quality childcare so they can thrive, and childcare workers need fair pay. We need solutions at every level! Sign up now to urge your city leaders to make early education and childcare a priority by delivering the Strong Start for Strong Cities city resource guide to your local leadership.
*Click to urge your city leaders to get moving on childcare: http://action.momsrising.org/signup/StrongStart_2016/
5 -- Criminal Justice Reform -- We're living in a time when more than 2.7 million children in the U.S. have an incarcerated parent and approximately 10 million children have experienced parental incarceration at some point in their lives. We can and must fix this. Your voice is powerful! Please share your comments and stories with us about why this issue is important to you -- and we'll deliver your messages directly to elected leaders!
*Click to share your experiences and thoughts on the criminal justice system so we can educate leaders about what's really going on in America: http://action.momsrising.org/survey/justice_sentencing_reform_comments_stories/
Now, you might be wondering: What is MomsRising, anyway? MomsRising is an organization of over a million people, including people in every state in our nation, that's working to increase family economic security, decrease discrimination against women and moms, and to build a nation that works for everyone. We open avenues for busy people to make an impact and have an impressive track record of wins at the city, state, and federal levels. One thing we've learned over and over again throughout our past 10 years together is that together we truly are a powerful force!
→ YOU ARE INVITED! → For your last action of the week, we invite you to sign on with us and we'll bring you regular, high impact ways to #KeepMarching in the coming weeks as well: http://action.momsrising.org/signup/stand_with_momsrising/?source=stand
Why sign on with us? The unfair treatment of any one of us, hurts us all. Silence is not an option. Our freedoms are intertwined. So we rise together.