Well, the marches are over. They were a spectacular international success. Not bad for a woman in Hawaii who posted an appeal on FaceBook. Now we must ask, as is everyone, what do we do next? There is no single answer, and it is a waste of time to argue about it. I will say again, as I have said so often, Find something you like to do and keep doing it. I will write for this blog, not because I imagine for a moment that it is important, but because I enjoy it and know that I will continue to do it until I grow senile or my little fingers become too stiff to type.
If you are casting about for things to do, here are several, lifted from Michael Moore and others.
1. Donate such money as you can afford to any of the countless organizations marching in the right direction. In my neck of the woods, a Starbucks coffee and biscotti cost about $4.19. Forego that once a month and click on “make it monthly” when PayPal asks you for your credit card info. If two million people give $5 a month each, that is $120 million a year, more than enough to make a real difference.
2. Google your Senators and Representative, find their local offices, and call them once a week to urge them to do whatever is on your mind that week. Currently, asking them to vote against Jeff Sessions or Betsy DeVos for cabinet posts is a good one. Don’t anguish over the message. Nobody but the poor schlub answering the phone will ever hear it. But the call will be counted, and there is a good deal of evidence that even several hundred calls to an elected politician’s office make an impression.
3. If you have the bad luck to be living in a Republican controlled state, Google your State Rep and Senator and make calls to them. The smaller the district and the more local the elected representative, the bigger the impact of those calls.
4. When OurRevolution gets its act together and puts up its interactive list of local groups, join one. I am not about to be a community organizer, what with my obligations at home and my age, but I can certainly join a group and go to a meeting from time to time.
We are just getting started, folks, and from the evidence of the past two days, we have plenty of company.