March On! Texas

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The New Activists

The New Activists

We range from college students to women who marched in the 1960’s.  We are mothers and millennials and nasty women.  And if you call us “snowflakes” we’ve got news for you:

Winter is Coming.

Most of us were fans of politics, but we never really got in the game.  We might donate money to a candidate, but never walk the block for them.  We might post a meme on Facebook, but never actively engaged with our neighbors.  Not really.

Not until Donald Trump became President Trump.

And then we marched.  And then realized that marching wasn’t enough.  March On! Texas started as a sister march but it has grown since then.  Our goals are to go local and focus on how we can turn Texas blue again.

The New Activists

Did you know that Texas used to be led by Democrats?  Despite the gerrymandering done after the 2010 census, a lot of us still exist.

On election night we progressives in the shadows were hoping to shatter the glass ceiling for that highest, hardest wall; instead we were shattered to find that despite losing the popular vote by 3,000,000, Donald Trump became the leader of our country.

He bragged about sexually assaulting women.  He openly discriminated against Muslims, immigrants, the disabled and people of color.  His foreign policy changed with the wind, he put white supremacists, climate-change-deniers and people with zero experience in positions of power, and his son Don Jr. just tweeted out an email chain showing his campaign loved the idea of getting dirt on Hillary Clinton directly from the Russian government.

All this could have left us collapsed and destroyed, believing that the system is rigged and we are powerless, but on the contrary we are stronger.  Democrats were broken but the new Progressive activists are rising up empowered.

  • Our notions of just donating money and hoping for the best are shattered.
  • Our excuses for not getting involved are shattered.
  • Our trust in leaving it up to someone else has been shattered.

We are the new activists.

We love our country.  We are putting ourselves on the line and we will not stop until we see progressives and moderates back in power.

And we need help from people like you.

For more information, please go to our website www.MarchOnTexas.com.

March on y’all!

5 Ways You Can Save Planet Earth

5 Ways You Can Save Planet Earth

President Trump may not care about the impact of global warming, but we at MarchOn! Texas sure do!  Like many other mayor, governors and business leaders, we’ve got to take matters into our own hands.

You may be wondering, “I’m just one person.  Can anything I do really make an impact?”  The answer is a resounding yes.  Here are five things you can do in fact.

usa – green environment concept. Photo: LoftCommunications

5 Ways You Can Save Planet Earth

  1. Watch your water usage.  Water is our most precious resource and we tend to waste it.  Turn off your faucet when you’re brushing your teeth.  Use cold water to wash your laundry when possible, and wait until you have a full load.  Switch your yard to a Xeriscape (pronounced zeer-escape), which is fancy for low-water/low-maintenance plants.  It will save water, maintenance and money.
  2. Eat less red meat.  According to a Guardian article, giving up beef could reduce your carbon footprint more than giving up your car!  Why?  Because it takes 11 times more water and 28 times more land to raise cattle than chickens or pigs.
    Photo: Nature.com

    As a nice side bonus, you will get healthier in the process.  Chicken and port are leaner meats than beef.  Not ready to give it up entirely?  Cut it down to just twice a month.

  3. Drive smarter.  Whenever possible, take public transit or ride your bike instead of your car.  Buy the most fuel efficient model available; consider a hybrid for your next purchase.  When you have errands, group them together so you are doing all of them in one trip instead of multiple ones.  Slowing down when you drive helps your fuel economy and checking your tires for proper air levels will reduce pollution and greenhouse emissions.
  4. Make your house more energy efficient.  Turn off the lights when you leave the room.  Raise the A/C temperature when you leave the house.  Close the window blinds to prevent your house from heating up in the summer.  Make sure your doors and windows have proper seals so they aren’t leaking out air conditioning or heat during the winter.
  5. Reduce, reuse, recycle.  We Americans generate a lot of trash every year.  The average person generates 4.6 pounds of trash per day!  Recycling reduces greenhouse emissions by using up less landfill space.  Take the extra time and sort your trash.  If you have a water bottle, refill it with tap water instead of buying new plastic ones.  Compost if you are able.  Go to the park or beach this weekend and pick up some trash.

We have one planet and it’s everyone’s responsibility to care for it.  Just being more mindful and making some of the small changes helps.  It’s up to us now!

Who Are Your Heroes?

Who Are Your Heroes?

A hero is usually defined as someone who acts courageously in extraordinary circumstances.  We think about the three brave men who fought a white supremacist shouting at two Muslim girls on an Oregon train; two of the men were stabbed to death while the third remains in the hospital.

We think about superheroes in comic books and movies, like Wonder Woman and Superman.  We think about soldiers facing bullets, firefighters facing flames and police officers killed in the line of duty.

But does heroism require facing death?  What about everyday heroes?  From parents, to teachers, to kids who stand up to bullies on the playground there are brave actions taken daily.

Do you know an everyday hero who you’d like to give a shout-out to?  Post their story with the hashtag #EveryDayHero on our Facebook page.  Let’s inspire each other.

 

Volunteer Opportunities!

Volunteer Opportunities!

Here are some volunteer opportunities forwarded to us from Round Rock candidates Hilda Montgomery – Mayor Round Rock, Tammy Young – City Council Place 1 and Tracie Storie – City Council Place 4.

Hilda Montgomery – candidate for Mayor of Round Rock

Get Out the Vote – Saturday
Saturday, April 22 starting at 10:00 am
1201 Lacey Oak Loop, Round Rock, TX 78681
– Blockwalk: 10:00 am
– Blockwalk: 2:00 pm
**Come at the listed times or whenever works for you.
Contact: Allison Heinrich, 713-297-1650 or by email

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Your Actions are Creating Change!

Your Actions are Creating Change!

My Friday just got a little bit brighter when I saw the GOP healthcare bill got tabled. Yay!

The AHCA would have increased premiums, eliminated essential coverage for maternity care (?!?), kicked 24 million people off of their healthcare plans, given a huge tax credit to millionaires and billionaires (who don’t need it), and added an age tax to our senior citizens.  Thank God the Republicans couldn’t pull in the votes!

A big chunk of the reason the repeal and replace bill couldn’t be done was because 25 or so members of the Freedom Caucus felt the bill didn’t go far enough towards eliminating costs and benefits.

But it wasn’t just the extreme right who was against this bill; moderate Republicans were against it too. Why?

Because we are making an impact.

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