If there is a silver lining to the Trump presidency, it seems that people are becoming more politically and civically engaged. Millions of people have come together on many occasions, all over the world to protest peacefully in the last few months. The Women’s March, Aboriginal Rights, Town Hall Meetings with members of Congress about the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and other minority rights are being brought into public discourse. The Democratic Socialists in America have seen an increase of 19,000 members since Bernie Sanders ran for the Oval Office in 2015, an increase that has not been seen since the 1980’s.
It was estimated that nearly half a million people took part in the Women’s March in Washington DC, more than attended Trump’s inauguration. Large groups of protesters gathered at airports around the country against the Immigration Ban, which in its first attempt barred nationals from 7 predominantly Muslim countries, and the second attempt which included 6 countries; both blocked by the courts.
Town hall meetings have been packed with constituents questioning and sharing their stories of how access to affordable health care made a difference in their lives to their representatives from both sides of the House over the threat to repeal the Affordable Care Act or Obama Care, as it is also known. The Republican’s American Health Care Act, had it not been thrown out, would have seen upwards of 24 million Americans lose their health care coverage over the next ten years. While Obama Care is not without its faults, it just goes to show that when people stand together for the good of others progress can be made.It is time like these, when people are being stripped of basic human dignity that we must come together. It seems to me that many elected members of government forget whom they actually work for. It is time to remind them, that government is not meant to be about fighting over ideology and appeasing corporate lobbyists. The role of government is to have the best interest of its citizens in mind. So speak out, call and email your local government representatives and make your voices heard. It is their job to listen.
“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others, and if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”