Just days after the election, the Fem Dems of Sacramento convened Stronger Together, a coalition meeting for women and men with a shared frustration over the results of the election and who want to organize the community to take action. To make sure what happened on November 8 does not happen again.
With over 200 people in a Curtis Park meeting room, one thing is abundantly clear: we are not alone. People in our backyard are angry and folks across the country are protesting.
But the mourning period is over. The time for tears is behind us. The time for action is now.
There is a need for organization; there is a need to have tangible steps forward. To ensure that we aren’t left feeling so helpless now and in future elections. That we make sure our voices are heard. That we see people in elected positions that represent the diversity of our country, that share our values, which keep America moving forward.
We certainly have our work cut out for us. With potential rollbacks in reproductive rights, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), responsible environmental policies and an appointment to the Supreme Court, now is the time to change minds, to run for office or do whatever it is we can to move this nation forward in a positive direction.
Which brings us back to the meeting. We know many of you had work today, but we want to make sure you know what happened. Here is a brief recap of what you missed:
- We discussed what worked for the campaign. We won Nevada, lots of people contributed time and money. The message, Stronger Together, was one of inclusiveness and positivity.
- Then we talked about what didn’t work. Divisiveness. Complacency.
- We promoted resources.
- We broke into small groups. Each group focused on a different issue that might be impacted by the Trump administration. We had initial discussions about what might be done to protect those rights, resources, etc.
We look forward to engaging with all of you in the coming days, weeks and months as we create a coalition structure worthy of your desire to activate. That provides you the resources you need to donate to local groups, to organize in your community, to do whatever you can to strengthen the progressive voice and ensure that nobody, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, is alienated or discriminated against.
Remember. We are always #StrongerTogther.
Learn more about November 11's Stronger Together meeting in the Sacramento Bee.