First, yesterday was AWESOME. I participated in the NYC march (here's an album of my photos) and haven't felt so optimistic and energized in months. GO US.
Now, like so many people, my attention is focused on what's next. How do we build on yesterday's energy and momentum to create positive change? To protect and assist those who need it most? To create an America where all lives are treated with dignity and our basic human rights are protected? Where our children can see role models in government who emulate the values we hold most dear, including basic human decency?
Jordan recently shared an article with me about running for office that is exactly the call to arms we need in this moment. I'd like to quote it here at length:
Amen. Amen, amen, amen.
It is time to align how we spend our daylight hours with creating the positive change we seek. Now, as some have argued, eloquently, creating change comes in many forms. If your day job isn't explicitly about rebuilding our country or creating the future we want for our children, maybe you contribute by donating part of your paycheck to organizations working for the change you seek.
But I appreciate Nwanevu's call to arms, because the truth is, we should all, as concerned citizens, be having this conversation with ourselves. We should be real with ourselves about what's at stake and how, in the annals of history, we want our contributions to be recorded. And if we're telling ourselves a soothing narrative about how it's ok that we aren't doing more, now is the moment to drag that narrative into the sunlight and see if it's really true.
It is our moral obligation to do so.