According to Vox, more than 3.3 million people were estimated to have marched in over 500 cities nationwide. Now we need to keep this momentum up until the 2018 mid-terms!
If you’re a woman who would like to get involved with the Democratic party, or know someone else who’s interested in this, check out the training programs offered through Emerge America. The in-depth sessions last for 70 hours over seven months, and provide a thorough introduction to the process of building a network, fundraising, and running for elected office. Tuition is $1500, but financial aid is available as well.
According to Time, the non-profit She Should Run has registered more than 4500 women for training courses that prepare them for public leadership roles since November 9. The project is still in its early stages, but it plans to help women “find access to established [female] political leaders and lawmakers and advice on every step of running for office, including tips on dealing with sexism in elections.” Best yet, it’s free and open to everyone.
Continuing the theme of diversifying writing on American politics, here are five great books by writers of color. If you purchase any of these through the Amazon Affiliate links below, all the proceeds will be donated to the ACLU.
- We Should All Be Feminists. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s short book is a wonderful introduction to contemporary feminism, and the prospect of liberating both women and men from the limits of patriarchy. If you meet any Swedish 16-year olds in the next year, you’ll have a good topic of conversation.
- Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party. Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin Jr. have written an engaging, well-researched history of the Black Panthers’ social activism in 1960s Oakland. Insightful points on the way that the white majority often treats any type of organization by the black community as disproportionately threatening.
- Fluid Borders: Latino Power, Identity and Politics in Los Angeles. Lisa García Bedolla has written a detailed account of politics and daily life in two Latino neighborhoods in Los Angeles.
- Black Visions: The Roots of Contemporary African-American Political Ideologies. Michael Dawson draws on sources ranging from Frederick Douglass to Ice Cube to explore black political thought, and examine its connections to political behavior.
- Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from A Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League. Dan-el Padilla Peralta has written a well-received memoir about his childhood arrival in the US, and eventual graduation as salutatorian of his class at Princeton.