Dear MoveOn member,
I'm Cecile Richards, and I've been a lifelong activist for progressive change, including more than a decade as the president of Planned Parenthood. In my many years of organizing, I've seen a lot.
From my earliest days growing up in Texas in a family that did politics the way others bowled, I learned that taking on the status quo is not only important—it can also be a lot of fun.
Since then I've celebrated unlikely wins—like the day my mother, Ann Richards, became the first woman elected governor of Texas—and persevered after tough losses. I've been inspired by the courageous staff and volunteers at Planned Parenthood who go above and beyond every day to be there for the patients who are counting on them. And I have organized alongside the millions of people in America who have put on their pussy hats and proudly joined the Resistance in an outpouring of grassroots activism like this country has never seen before.
I've just written a book sharing what I've learned, why I keep going, and how you too can make a difference. It's called "Make Trouble," and right now, you can get it through MoveOn.
If there's one thing I've learned in a lifetime as an activist, it's that you can't be afraid of making trouble. If everyone agrees with what you're doing, you probably aren't setting your sights high enough.
These days, people come up to me everywhere I go, usually with a look of distress, to ask, "How are you doing?" They seem to think that working for progressive causes is unpleasant or burdensome.
But working for change isn't tedious or a chore. In fact, it's a privilege—and the most fun, inspiring, and rewarding work I can imagine doing.
I wrote this book for people who are looking at what's happening in this country and know that we need to do something about it. This is a once-in-a-lifetime moment to help shape the future of America. I believe that all of us can make a difference—and if we don't, who will?
Click here to pre-order a limited-edition copy of my book, "Make Trouble," from MoveOn, and put your money to work supporting this important organization that's fighting for social justice and women's rights.
Thanks for all you do.–Cecile Richards
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