On Saturday, January 21st about 750,000 people – women, men, children – packed the streets of Downtown Los Angeles to let their voices be heard. Families marched for equal pay, for healthcare, for the environment and to demand that the rights of women, minorities and LGBT are not taken away. It was incredible and moving and inspiring – but now what? What can families do to keep the momentum going and try to make change together. Here are a couple of things parents and kids can do at home.
10 Actions in 100 Days – The Women’s March is calling on people to do more than march. The organizers started 10 actions for the first 100 days the President is in office. The first task is to send postcards to your Senators telling them what matters to you. You can print postcards out at home and have kids help you write them or if they’re old enough, they can write their own.
Write a Letter to the Editor – I got this idea straight from MomsRising’s post about what moms should do next. Write a letter as a family or on your own about what you’re concerned (or terrified) will happen. Example – How will the repeal of the Affordable Care Act impact your family? Are you concerned that a loved one will be forced to register or could be deported? Write from your heart and send the letter to one of our local papers or radio stations.
The Los Angeles Times – http://www.latimes.com/about/la-letter-to-the-editor-htmlstory.html
The Los Angeles Daily News – http://www.dailynews.com/share-your-news#OPED
LA Weekly – http://www.laweekly.com/about/contact?category=letters
KPCC Public Radio – http://www.scpr.org/network
Sacramento Bee – http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/submit-letter/
Join a Group – Speaking of MomsRising, “an on-the-ground and online grassroots organization of more than a million people who are working to achieve economic security for all moms, women, and families in the United States,” there are many groups mobilizing right now that you might want to join. The Women’s March is organizing people to action as is Voto Latino and Common Sense Media.
Volunteer – Showing kids what it means to get out there and help people is something that will stay with them forever. It will make them kinder and more empathetic and we all need that. The Big Sunday organization has a list of volunteer opportunities all over Los Angeles. LA Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office put out its own list of actions people can take and it includes volunteer opportunities in Los Angeles.
Run for Public Office – Or at least go to a city council or school board meeting. It is not easy to run for office, but it can be done – MomsLA co-founder Sarah Auerswald is living proof. Please see Sarah’s excellent post about how you can get involved on a local level. I was surprised and embarrassed that I can’t name all of the LA City Councilmembers and I was most saddened to know that there is still just one woman on the LA City Council – one woman for a city of 4 million people!
To hear more about how you can get involved, listen to KPCC’s Take Two tomorrow! Sarah and I were guests on the show, along with Mahdis Keshavarz, to talk about our experiences at the march and what families can do to keep the momentum going.
We also talked about it on our podcast. Please listen and subscribe! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/momsla-podcast/id958833964?mt=2