In 2018, it's easy to feel powerless. Our leaders are attacking our rights—and in some cases, our lives. They want us to feel depressed and defeated, to throw in the towel and let them steamroll everything we hold dear about this country.
But, Eddie, we don't have to let them.
All over America, we're seeing how much change is possible when we rise up and fight back. Waves of women are running for office. Kids are walking out of their schools to protest gun violence, and professional athletes are taking a knee to protest systemic racism. Last October, I took up Tarana Burke's call as part of the #MeToo movement and asked women who've been sexually harassed or assaulted to say, "Me, too." The public response and continued engagement from inspiring survivors has changed the course of history.
Today, I'm asking you to be a part of this moment by starting your very own MoveOn petition. You have the power to make a change in your community and in this country—but only if you raise your voice.
The MoveOn petition tool is a wonderful resource to help you to speak out, organize, and win. Maybe you want to fight to save arts education in your school district or to ask your local police force to wear body cameras to curb systemic violence directed at communities of color. Maybe you want to organize to stop a bill in your state legislature that would make it easier to buy a gun or harder to access reproductive health care. Or maybe you're thinking really big today, and you're ready to spark a nationwide movement about an issue that matters deeply to you.
Eddie, there's no telling what kind of change you can make until you speak out and try. I know that better than anyone as a survivor of sexual assault and as an active member of the community. And the good news is, you're not alone. MoveOn has advice and resources to help you every step of the way, and the incredible community of millions of MoveOn members can rally together to make change happen. You've done it before—and frankly, with everything happening in the world today, we've never needed you more.
This is the moment to speak out, fight back, and make change—and, Eddie, it starts with you.
You'll never know just how much you can accomplish until you try.
Thanks for all you do.
Want to support our work? The MoveOn community will work every moment, day by day and year by year, to resist Trump's agenda, contain the damage, defeat hate with love, and begin the process of swinging the nation's pendulum back toward sanity, decency, and the kind of future that we must never give up on. And to do it we need your support, now more than ever. Will you stand with MoveOn?
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