Activism begins at home for women resisting Trump

Every month since President Donald Trump took office, Melanie Willett has filled her Los Angeles home with like-minded women to engage in a new type of political activism.
SOUNDBITE: MELANIE WILLETT, MEETING HOST, (English) SAYING:
“We have wine and we talk about politics and we talk about what we can do to change it. And we do it in my home.”
The meetings are part of the Solidarity Sunday network of feminist activist groups, whose aim is to resist the policies of the Trump administration.
SOUNDBITE: MELANIE WILLETT, MEETING HOST, (English) SAYING:
“We write our members of Congress, we write postcards, we take real action. Not just Facebook action…….there’s a lot of people involved and because there’s so many people involved doing the same action it’s powerful. You know, it works.”
Solidarity Sundays organizers say there are groups meeting in over 100 cities in the U.S. and over 17,000 online supporters.
Although men are welcome at Solidarity Sunday meetings, organizers encourage women to take the lead.
SOUNDBITE: DARREN JAMES WILLETT, MELANIE’S HUSBAND, (English) SAYING:
“I coordinate the childcare with a lot of my friends, men friends, and Melanie facilitates the activism.”
Since Trump’s inauguration on January 20, the number of women who have contacted an elected official has tripled to 20 percent, according to research by media company theSkimm.
As Trump marks 100 days in office, the women gathered at Willett’s home recognize there is still a long road ahead.
SOUNDBITE: CHRISTINE LAMBERTSON, (English) SAYING:
“It’s not like you can send a few postcards and everything’s fixed and we can all go about our lives…. This will be kind of a long slog. So we have to be prepared to continue to call and email and protest and take action for a while.”

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