The Women’s March in Stockton, CA on Saturday, January 19, 2018 was inspiring!
So, what’s our next step? It may seem easier to continue to plow forward with our daily routines of work, house cleaning, dinner preps, sports practices, etc., etc., rather than dive into news headlines. However, we have a vital role in politics. We are affected by every aspect of the political spectrum. From the environment to healthcare to education to immigration policies, our voices can and do make a powerful impact. We can weave political action into our daily lives.
When we look at the landscape of politics it can be overwhelming. By the end of the day, after work, after throwing a couple of loads of laundry to wash, after dinner and after checking homework, what was I supposed to do again? Oh yes, save my country from political downfall. No need to burn the midnight oil! Here are 3 ways busy moms can become politically active now.
- Choose a cause. Although we can lend our voice to every worthy cause, it’s best to choose the one you are truly passionate about. If you’re not sure, scan news headlines. Does anything jump out at you? Pauses you to think? Give you goosebumps? That’s the one. That’s the cause you choose.
- Sign up for text alerts and reminders. Organizations like MomsRising.org have set up a wonderful system of messaging their members with actions, like the ‘5 Actions for the Week’. They also reach out with text reminders and emails. These alerts and reminders are perfect because their call to action is quick and easy. In most messages, you simply reply to the text and you’re done!
- Share what you’ve learned in small bites. While you’re waiting during sports practice can be a good time to talk about education or healthcare. When you’re having lunch with friends talk about environment or employment issues. In California, we could get the conversation started by simply asking, “Did you know Governor Newsom proposed six months for parental leave? I found out that it would be the longest paid leave in America. I’m emailing our Senate and Assembly to support it.”
Understandably, the third act takes courage and may be out of your comfort zone. However, please give it a try. You’ll find friends are grateful for the conversation to understand issues that affect our families. Certainly, this isn’t a call to become an expert, but it is a call to become politically active. Choose a topic, connect with a group, and start the conversation.
Which issues are you passionate about? How do you advocate in your community? Share in the comments!