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Sun Jan 22, 2017, 12:52 PM

What's next for the women's marches?

I attended one with half a million fellow sisters in NYC yesterday. As someone who's worked on campaigns before and organized events, I noticed a few things lacking.

1) No sort of sign-in sheets. These marches were a missed opportunity to stay in touch with future opportunities for activism and making your voices heard. Also a good way to generate leads for donors and volunteers.

2) No immediate action to take. No petitions, fundraising, etc.

3) VOTER REGISTRATION. While most people who are marching are probably already registered to vote, it would still be an opportunity to expand the electorate. I noticed many high school aged girls there who will possibly come of age before the next election. In addition, people move and need to update their registration.

4) No communications of what comes next. The work is far from over, people want to help, but what's next?

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Response to crazycatlady (Original post)

Sun Jan 22, 2017, 12:54 PM

1. Crowds were kind of big for that....

at least in the big cities.

Need for the marchers to go home and start doing what you do, organizing locally.

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 22, 2017, 12:57 PM

2. In NYC, there was a cluster of portapotties

Right by where the speakers were. There was also a guy selling buttons (why didn't I think of that).

There was enough space for a few tables with information, voter reg forms, etc.

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Response to crazycatlady (Original post)

Sun Jan 22, 2017, 12:58 PM

3. It wasn't a campaign. It was a protest march.

 

Not everything is going to be OWS. What's next? Organize and educate. As always.

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Response to crazycatlady (Original post)

Sun Jan 22, 2017, 12:59 PM

4. March to VOTER BOOTHS to end voter suppression and gerrymandering all else is less effective

... than those two priorities.

Without them we can march with a trillion people, the KGOP ignores that... march with votes... they can NOT ignore that

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Response to uponit7771 (Reply #4)

Sun Jan 22, 2017, 01:02 PM

5. Yep

 

Its was euphoric but it isn't going to change anything unless it happens again and again and again and we change reps minds and lead to more voting.

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Response to crazycatlady (Original post)

Sun Jan 22, 2017, 01:02 PM

6. just about every group at our march had sign up sheets (rain did not help that effort tho)

at our 2 booths (dem party LGBTQ + outreach group for homeless youth) we got tons of names/emails. half of them were so poorly written we cant decipher them.

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Response to crazycatlady (Original post)

Sun Jan 22, 2017, 01:03 PM

7. Flood The Switchboards Of Congress And The White House On Monday......

Take these marches down to the level of a gerrymandered district. Make you House Representative work for his next 2 year term.

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Response to crazycatlady (Original post)

Sun Jan 22, 2017, 01:05 PM

8. One can probably use Facebook to round up those that attended plus

 

those inspired by just watching it on CNN.

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Response to crazycatlady (Original post)

Sun Jan 22, 2017, 01:05 PM

9. Begin today to call your congress people every day. The current effort is to

tell them that they cannot approve Betsy DeVos as Education secretary.

Every day. Call. 202-335-3121.

Do it now.

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Response to crazycatlady (Original post)

Sun Jan 22, 2017, 01:10 PM

10. They were going to have that but the crowds were too large. They expected 250K

 

to show up..and we probably doubled that. They wouldn't let us finish at Trashpot Tower either. The main focus was just to keep people moving. I joined in at 49th and 5th and it took a hours to just go the few blocks.

What's next...well tomorrow you can start calling: 202-335-3121 - I also use zip codes to call Republicants.


https://100action.org/

Moore rattled off a whole bunch of organizations that we can join or if we can donate to. It would be helpful to have an action sticky on this forum with important numbers/organizations that we can join to further our cause. But just start with calling.

I've personally seen the calls work time and time again in animal rights cases.

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Response to crazycatlady (Original post)

Sun Jan 22, 2017, 01:15 PM

11. You're right. But the clear message I got was sign up and donate. I did both. Again.

And the other message was ANYONE can be an activist. There is a whole spectrum of things you can do.

This is where people need to be accountable. This is not a 1 day event. It is an EVERYDAY event. So I am going to organize a circle of people to be activists. To do what we can do. I hope others do the same.

Maybe they can have a website for people to sign up.

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Response to crazycatlady (Original post)

Sun Jan 22, 2017, 01:17 PM

12. Feb 14 - #BillionWomenArising

and dancing, so I hear...Get into your body. Get into your soul. Get into action.

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Response to crazycatlady (Original post)

Sun Jan 22, 2017, 01:19 PM

13. We are using social media

From Facebook

Feeling energized from the Women's March yesterday? Tune into our Action and Advocacy training with Planned Parenthood, Generation Progress, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Ms. Foundation for Women, and YWCA USA to learn how you can continue to take action and organize in your community moving forward. Let's continue the momentum!

Follow along on Twitter with #FeministToDoList


Each of these organization has suggestions on how to go forward

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Response to crazycatlady (Original post)

Sun Jan 22, 2017, 01:24 PM

14. Registration in Indy

Several people were walking through the crowd in Indianapolis asking if people were registered or needed to update voter registration info. Great turnout (10,000+) for our red state, and I know many people from the state went to DC as well.

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Response to crazycatlady (Original post)

Sun Jan 22, 2017, 01:28 PM

15. On more than one occasion during the speaking portion

At the Washington march announcements were made to the crowd that those interested in joining the movement associated with the Women's March should text 'women' to 40649. You will be asked to submit your email and from there the organizers will send you the plan. The email is info@womensmarch.com. The rest is up to you.

Recommended actions of taking your empowered enthusiasm back to your community and volunteering, running for office and organizing were also strongly encouraged.

I personally joined my local chapter of the Democratic National Committee, the NAACP and am now on the board of a local community non profit. There are many more choices for engagement. I suggest picking a cause close to your heart.

Stay encouraged. ♡

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #15)

Sun Jan 22, 2017, 01:43 PM

17. Just texted that number

Thanks

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Response to crazycatlady (Original post)

Sun Jan 22, 2017, 01:38 PM

16. Multiply the march impact by moving voter registration

from Republican to Democratic on Monday. Send letters to Republican politicians stating that you have left the party. In future elections, vote your interests -- want healthcare, then vote DEM.

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