Point #3. Show up.
And you have! In the six weeks since the Inauguration, an impressive number of Wyoming citizens have gathered to form Wyoming Rising. Nearly 400 people from Park County, Wyoming are joining to build a network in support of an active and informed citizenry.
A bit of background: Several weeks of planning by a handful of concerned women in Powell laid the ground that brought nearly 500 Wyoming citizens together on January 21 to march in solidarity with people across America. We marched for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families. It was the largest march in Park County history. Nationally, the combined marches across America have been reported as the biggest since the 1960s protests against the Vietnam War.
From Wikipedia: The Washington March drew at least 500,000 people, and worldwide participation has been estimated at five million. After the marches, officials who organized them reported that 673 marches took place worldwide, on all seven continents, including 29 in Canada, 20 in Mexico,and one in Antarctica. In Washington D.C. alone, the protests were the largest political demonstrations since the anti–Vietnam War protests in the 1960s and 1970s, with both protests drawing in similar numbers. The Women’s March crowds were peaceful, and no arrests were made while an estimated combined total of 5 million people marched. –
In the month since the Trump inauguration, committed citizens have formed this advocacy group (Wyoming Rising) and have held three public meetings to organize – each meeting had approximately 70 participants.
Focus groups have formed within Wyoming Rising and they are meeting frequently to watch legislative threats to education, the environment, healthcare, and national policy. Park County citizens are also meeting to explore civil dialog within our divided community.
During the Congressional Recess, two Town Hall meetings were held by staff members of Rep. Cheney, and Senators Enzi and Barrasso. 28 citizens in Powell and 39 citizens in Cody showed up to express their concerns about the agenda of the new Administration and Congress. The staff was surprised – they told members that only one or two citizens had ever attended these sessions, which are held quarterly in our county.
In the six weeks since the Inauguration, our rural, traditionally conservative county has seen an impressive number of members join our group. We are inspired. We are organizing and planning ways for you to join the conversation as an active and informed citizen.
If you are concerned about the direction America is heading, all you need to do is Show Up! Activities you can show up for this month:
- The Ides of Trump Postcard Parties: gathering to write postcards to President Trump
07 March, Tuesday 6:00pm Cody, Cody Public Bison Room
11 March, Saturday 11:00am Cody Public Library Bistro
12 March, Sunday 1:30pm Powell Gestalt Gallery and Coffee Shop
- A Day Without A Woman
March 8, International Women’s Day
Wear RED, don’t shop, post the attachment on your FB:
- Women and Allies March Presentation
March 15, at the Intercultural House at NWC in Powell, 565 College Drive, 6:30 PM
- March for Science on Earth Day, April 22
- Continue to exert pressure on U.S. and State Senators & Representatives in response to proposed legislation that harms our schools, health, global security and personal freedom.
Good, needed words of encouragement.
It’s sometimes mind numbing following the non stop assault on everything that’s near and dear to me, but this group of like-minded, focused people has given me hope and direction. Thanks to all of you!
Reminder….our participation is what’s truly important…the outcome is secondary. If we celebrate our combined efforts each day, we can counter some of the frustration concerning change. Change is slow….stay the course, support and encourage our group and find time to celebrate your individual enthusiasm and focus.
I’m just so happy and proud of us!! <3