History shows us that we are on the brink of our best chance for a movement so huge, united and creative, it will be the subject of stories for generations to come.
Ten years before slavery was abolished, a new law passed forcing Northern men to hunt down escaped slaves and return them to brutal punishment or death at the hands of their owners. Some of the conscripts were lifelong abolitionists who had risked everything to help usher these very slaves to freedom.
It was a dark time, but also a great time. And the abolitionists rose to greatness in response. They organized community meetings, traveled the country to rally support for their cause, built a political party, protested in the streets again and again and forced through the emancipation proclamation in mere years.
This is our model. And this is our next great time.
I've been to countless meetings about what we do next, and they are full of good ideas and also the paralysis of fear and confusion, frustration with a lack of diagnosis. They are the beginning of something and they leave me sad, a little deflated and ready for a movement and community bigger than my own friends, colleagues and city.
But there are also rays of hope: people who have decided to put an idea out there and see if it catches on, who are joining a nation-wide resistance by bravely taking a step towards a different America and then calling on others to join.
The women's march was one of these moments. A few friends had an idea, put the call out on Facebook and it caught fire, going viral and turning into what will become one of the largest public mobilizations in American history. It was creative, bold, a little dangerous and proactive. It was not aimed at simple defense -- the scramble to preserve what we have from the onslaught of a Trump administration -- but was an offensive, positive move announcing an America that is both the majority, and the best of us.
This march and its origins embody the heart of The Resistance.
There are hundreds of ideas just like this one that are even easier to join and help grow. Let's make today the day we stop listening to the news in frustration and turn our will for change and hope into action.
It can start on Saturday, not only by joining the marches happening across the country (though you can do that by clicking here), but by grabbing a copy of the Washington Post on January 20th, clipping the full page ad of a beautiful poster designed by Shepard Fairey and his two collaborators, and pasting it in any street facing window -- apartment, car, house, storefront.
Each display of these images will help announce a new American underground railroad. Except this one is about much more than freedom from slavery. It's about unity, equality, family values that embrace each and every family, safety from fear and bullying. It's about truth and about bravery and about rising to greatness in great times.