Women who have felt forced into silence for years, like the US Gymnastics team members assaulted by Larry Nassar, are speaking their truth and seeing the predators get held accountable.
The reality that the Women’s Rights Movement has finally gone mainstream was visible today at the largest 2018 Women’s March in the country.
It was overwhelming but not surprising – Angelenos have a history of showing up. Civic activism is the bedrock of many communities in LA, but to see the creativity, love, and camaraderie at such a scale was humbling and invigorating.
After a day of such intense community activism, I am sure many of us are asking ourselves, “Now what?”
While I am a firm believer in addressing causes using your own unique skill set and strengths, I have a few ideas to get the ball rolling.
Vote in every election you possibly can and remind everyone around you to do the same. Do your research and show up at the polls because local political progress matters and often has national reverberations. That was by far the most common call to action at the march today. THIS IS MIDTERMS YEAR, LET’S GIVE THE HOUSE AND SENATE BACK TO PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT WOMEN’S RIGHTS!
@LA2050 is launching the My LA2050 Activation Challenge. $1M in grants will be awarded to 5 organizations based on responses to the question: how would you activate 100,000 Angelenos to make LA the best place to learn, create, play, connect, and live?
More information about submitting a proposal or nominating an organization that is shaping a better LA will become available here.
SPEAK UP AND LISTEN!
When people speak up, show up and stand up, progress is expedited. Personally, I was always hesitant to participate in social media debates and contribute my thoughts publicly for fear of offending others or being criticized for my views. That fear is misplaced. When brave women speak up about their experiences and everyone else shuts up long enough to listen, we learn how to do better and actively shift the paradigm of society. I believe that is exactly what we are seeing right now.