How Movements work. You will get tired. KEEP GOING
History is a Weapon - Bill Moyer
The Movement Action Plan:
A Strategic Framework Describing The
Eight Stages of Successful Social Movements
...But people are powerful. Power ultimately resides with the populace. History is full of examples of an inspired citizenry involved in social movements that achieve social and political changes—even topple tyrannical governments. Powerholders know this. They know that their power depends on the support or acquiescence of the mass population
It Will FEEL Futile...
An excellent reminder from long-time activist Mary Catherine Kimrey:
In case you're new to activism:
This whole resistance thing is going to start to feel futile. You're energized right now, emboldened and empowered. In 3 months, 6 months, 2 years, you're going to wonder if anything you're doing is working. You're going to feel like throwing up your hands.
The reason you're going to feel this way is that progress is often slow and we are going to lose...a lot. We aren't going to lose all the time and we're going to win some things. But we are going to lose...a lot. Also, outrage fatigue is real and you're getting ready to feel it, bigly.
The point of contacting our legislators on a regular basis is, first and foremost, to develop good civic habits ourselves and encourage them in others. Many times, we'll find the results we want aren't always the results we get in the end but we need to keep calling anyway because:
The point here is sustainability. If you registered over 1,000 voters by yourself in the last election (you know who you are 💣), those people can vote in the next one and if they registered Democrat, those people are now in a database to get canvassed and phone banked in the next one. Then we just get 10 out of those 1000 to work, we get can get 1000 more and you see where this goes.
So in the interest of sustainability, here are some tips: