Perhaps you’re like me, inspired, excited and charged to make change, and five minutes later, whatever new action you want to take looks too overwhelming. I know a woman who is raising two young boys, works full time as a doctor, writes thousands of postcards to voters, co-hosts a podcast and probably makes her own bread. While I bow at her feet, if I feel like I need to do what she does to effect change, I’m ready to give up before I start.
But that’s not the way this works. As we work to ACE the Election, every action helps. You don’t have to work 24/7 to make a difference. Writing 50 postcards and encouraging 10 people to register to vote is huge. Having a conversation with three friends to make sure they’re going to vote, is epic. I know that seems like I’m giving you a pass to be a slacker rather than a superhero, but you have to remember this:
Hardly any of this great infrastructure existed in 2016.
Indivisible, Swing Left, Postcards to Voters, and Vote Save America, not to mention dozens of other groups, just weren’t around to help Hillary. During the 2018 midterms, we saw how millions of voters were motivated to flip the House and move the needle on local races. The press talked about a Blue Wave, and by the small number of actions from millions, we created a tsunami. It’s simple. We are not working alone, so we don’t have to do everything.