I feel privileged to be a small part of a committee in Morgantown, WV to organize a satellite March for Science. What started as a proposal at a meeting of a local group of concerned citizens (pre-Indivisible groups, but basically an indivisible group) has become a real and upcoming event with esteemed speakers and kids activities to boot. At the time, many of us had recently marched in the Women’s March and we were fired up. Marching was — and is — empowering. You feel a part of something larger. And in a time when we can feel small, insecure, and, let’s face it, a bit scared at times, marching is good. The tax march highlighted the demand for transparency. The climate march shows are commitment to curbing climate change. But walking will only get us so far.
This Saturday (April 22), thousands of us — hopefully millions — will be marching for science. For objective facts, truth via verifiable and empirical methods.
But we need to do more than march.
I used to be a purist. We need to do things that WORK. That will change votes and minds. Never mind that I really don’t know what works. I’ve never worked in politics or with elected officials. What we need to do is to keep going. Trump isn’t going away. Nor is the gridlock in Washington. The hyper-partisan politics. Global warming. North Korea. Encroaching authoritarianism.
We march next week and the following weeks, months, and years, we persist. Here are a few ideas. I welcome yours.
- Send postcards to Hillary Clinton. My daughter wants to do this, thanks to my step-mom’s local love brigade efforts, the work of people in a blue state (VT) to help those who are being marginalized and placed at risk, notably in red states, but plenty of people are at risk in blue states as well…
- Learn about local elections. I have considered and still do consider running for public office. So tonight, I researched when the upcoming school board elections were (next spring), how candidates are elected (at large though with some geographic restrictions around representation), and who the current board members are.
- Talk to elected officials. Keep making those phone calls, sending emails, writing letters, visiting district offices. We are here are we are not going away. Tell your MOCs what you support of their prior actions — and what you don’t. Ask the hard questions. Demand answers.
- Go do Indivisible meetings. Yes, we are sick of meetings, but they will remain a necessity. We will need to communicate and coordinate.
- Figure out ways to make your work more efficient. I love Resistbot, which sends faxes to your MOC about issues that you send via text.
- Donate to campaigns. John Ossof’s election may not be over on Tuesday if he doesn’t reach 50% of the vote. Find other elections to support.
- Learn about Sister District, a strategy of matching red and blue districts to flip those red ones via support from blue ones.
- Have fun with our new friends. Our local group is having a gathering of progressives in the early summer to celebrate accomplishments — and just to have fun. Because we won’t stick with the resistance if it sucks.