On Election Day 2016, my 6-year-old daughter woke up with bright eyes Wednesday morning and ran to grab her Hillary buttons so she could pin them on her backpack. She was so excited to celebrate the first woman president’s victory. Instead, I had to tell her that Hillary had lost.
“Another boy president?” she asked in the car on the way to school, still bewildered. “No girls?”
I walked her to her first-grade classroom and realized she was still carrying those “Stronger Together” and Rosie the Riveter “We Can Do It” buttons. She cradled them in her palm, looked them over for a second, then carefully placed them into her backpack pocket. As I hugged her goodbye and walked away, my heart shattered into a million pieces. She is a little mixed girl and this country belongs to her less today than it did a year and a half ago.
For my daughters and for all of our daughters and sons, I want to drive a historic "shellacking" in the 2018 midterms to reclaim rule of law in the United States and help stem the bleeding caused by the most undemocratic and least checked presidency in American history.
I am a co-founder of the Amp.it platform which is amplifying civic engagement, progressive political and cause campaigns, and empowering consumers and voters to drive moral political and corporate leadership.
In 2007, I founded a group of four volunteers in Hollywood and helped it grow to two-thousand members, delivering Los Angeles' 33rd congressional district for then-Senator Obama by the largest margin in the California primary.
Now, in addition to being a tech entrepreneur and mom, I am sharing inspiring interviews with American leaders, especially women, as well as tips and tools I learned as an organizer, in a blog called "Consenting to Lead" to galvanize women leaders in ways big and small around the country. We also have an accompanying Facebook group.
The Trump administration and its yes-men in the congressional Republican majority have enacted a barbaric family separation policy, baby jails, domestic and international corruption, unpatriotic slavishness to Russia's Vladimir Putin, racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, homophobia, misogyny, devotion to the 1% at the expense of the 99%, anti-environmentalism, and antagonism of our global allies.
The best way to fight back is to mobilize, organize, act, register voters, vote, and get out the vote.
It may seem daunting if you have not volunteered or organized before, but it's actually really fun, empowering, and relationship-building. In fact, I met my wonderful husband and many dear friends doing just that.
Each week, I will share an interview with a different amazing woman leader -- like VotoLatino's Maria Teresa Kumar, Black Lives Matter's Alicia Garza, Everytown for Gun Safety's Shannon Watts, Center for American Progress' Neera Tanden, and many more. Then I will offer tips and tools, so that any woman anywhere can take steps in her own community to make progress on that week's issue. I will also offer simple organizing how-to's, so that we can mobilize unprecedented progressive voter turnout across all ages, gender identities, races, and socio-economic levels.
The cavalry is coming . . . it's us.