Dear MoveOn member,
Today, we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who once said, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
This week begins by honoring Dr. King, and it will end with an inauguration that stands in opposition to all that King and the civil and human rights movement stood for. And we all are in a political moment where we cannot afford to be silent.
That is why MoveOn has signed on proudly as a partner of the Women's March on Washington—and the 370 Sister Marches around the world—to stand with millions of people raising our collective voice against the dangerous and hate-filled politics and policies of Donald Trump.
These marches, organized on short notice, are an authentic, spontaneous, and powerful response to the election, and will be a visually impactful and motivational signal around the globe that on the day after the inauguration, the majority of us who did not vote for Trump are ready to confront his agenda and unite to keep our communities safe.
Women’s rights are human rights and the unity principles of these marches include ending violence and racial inequity, and protecting and advancing environmental justice and reproductive, LGBTQIA, civil, immigrant, disability, and workers’ rights.1
We are not single-issue progressives. The intersectionality of our collective goodwill must stand in witness at this moment. And that is why we are asking that you join a march near you, this Saturday, January 21.
We will not remain silent. We will raise our voices in unison against a hateful and dangerous demagogue and the culture of corporate corruption, white supremacy, and authoritarianism that surrounds him.
It's easy for the past few months to leave us feeling lonely and afraid—to give up hope. But our voices are loudest when we come together. The truth is, we are more powerful than ever before. And now is not the time to be silent about the things that matter.
Thanks for all you do.
—Anna, Justin, Jamiah, Ilya, and the rest of the team
P.S. If you plan on attending the Women’s March on Washington, click here for more details.
1. "Unity Principles," accessed January 16, 2017