Activists plan next steps after Women’s March on Washington rallies
Activists involved in the Women's March on Washington say they are planning their next steps to turn the energy from the rally into a lasting change for the United States.
More than 3 million people participated in Saturday's march held the day after President Donald Trump's inauguration. Now some organizers say the goal is to stay mobile and join together.
"Groups like Citizen Action and Planned Parenthood, who are also coordinating a lot of opposition work against what's happening in Congress, I think that will keep everybody very busy," says New Jersey Citizen Action's Dena Jaborska.
Jaborska says a good tip for people who want to get involved in the cause is to save their local representatives number in their phones. This way they can let the representative know if they have concerns or if they like what the representative is doing.
"Get connected so you can hear about what's happening in Congress and then be prepared to call," Jaborska says.
Many grassroots groups are forming since the march. New Jersey Citizen Action is already holding regular health care vigils outside political offices in an effort to save the Affordable Care Act. President Donald Trump has made repealing the act a major part of his agenda.
Political group VoteRunLead says that they have seen a spike in the amount of women looking into running for political office in the wake of the march.
"Women believe now that they're qualified. We have a president for the first time who has no political or military experience," says VoteRunLead CEO Erin Vilardi. "Things that [they] thought were holding [them] back are now actually assets."
In addition to the march in Washington, many "sister" events were held in states across the country and the world. Several were held in New Jersey.