The success of the Women’s March led many local community huddles around the country to begin organizing and envisioning next steps for the resistance. Neighborhood action networks continue to sprout across the country with the aim to convene and engage a diverse group of marchers and allies that are committed and ready to take collective action. With support from the Women’s March organizers, local action networks are campaigning for a more democratic, just, safer and freer world in the coming years. Joining together, action networks are taking the next step by establishing a positive, inclusive, action-oriented and productive space for local allies within our community to envision the future we want and the path forward to achieve this end.
Despite not having full statehood representation, residents of DC’s Logan Circle neighborhood launched a huddle group to strategize and organize local action to keep marchers and allies involved. The Logan Circle huddle shared their inspirations, discussed concerns and offered up ways each participant will contribute. Taking part in this local huddle (and others alike) is an effort to keep the momentum of the Women’s March alive and moving forward. We all were inspired by the sheer size of the march and by seeing posts by all of the attendees afterward on social media- it is so important to know how many of us want to push back against the administration. The Women’s March and sister marches worldwide, meetings like this, and actions that demonstrate that people still believe they can make an impact is an inspiring sight for those of us seeking ways to persist and resist.
Standing in solidarity with The Women’s March Network Support Team, massive numbers of people are galvanizing locally to keep our freedom and stafety on both a national and global stage. In doing so the message is clear, we will not stop until they get the message loud and clear — we will not stop until equality, justice, and freedom for all are truly realized. Through local action and organization these networks are critical to making sure they hear our voice on policy and politics. You don’t have to have done anything like this before. Local organizers are serving as guides and resources so that your actions, meetings, and town hall events are as impactful as possible.
In the worlds of the late great Maya Angelou, “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” Some days the actions you take will be big, other days your best will be very little, these action networks are a reminder for us to keep moving forward in order to persevere and succeed.
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