Friday, January 19, 2018

This Sunday The Women's March Unites To Bring Power To The Polls

On January 20th, 2017 Donald Trump was sworn into office as the 45th President of The United States of America. The following day, the largest single-day protest in the history of the United States took place. Five million women, men, and gender non-conforming people all over the world took the streets in protest of the new administration. Protesting has, after all, always been the most American way of showing your disapproval. It's also a way of coming together with like-minded individuals to show the world that we all believe that things can be better. In the weeks after the Women's March, we would begin to talk about some of the progressive movements' most deep-rooted issues, including the lack of intersectionality displayed during the march and what needed to be done to make real change. What we didn't realize at the time was that the march was just the begging of a shift in America.

For the first time in our lifetime, we are finally having some real conversations. The election of Donald Trump catapulted The Black Lives Matter and the #MeToo movement into the everyday lives of most Americans and changed the way that we look at and talk about these issues. On Sundays, we watched the NFL take a knee to take a stand, and our Facebook feeds were filled with testimonies of all the abuses that the people we love have experienced throughout their lifetime. For the first time, the curtain of bullshit is being pulled back, the users and abusers are being weeded out.

Yes, Donald is still in charge, but the question now is for how long? The midterm election is only a mere 10 months away and we could make some big moves to further minimize the President's power to effectively make changes that many of us don't want to see. So, to make sure that things keep moving forward, The Women's March is asking everyone to come together one year later to celebrate bringing Power to the Polls this November. This year's action is focused on encouraging women to run for office and become a bigger part of the process. The Power to The Polls gathering will take place in Lansing this Sunday, November 21st at 2 pm. It is an opportunity to show your displeasure and to connect with like-minded individuals so that we can continue meeting, talking and making real changes. To learn more about this march click here.


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