Operation Marching Orders

Imagine that you could give your elected officials “marching orders” on the change you want to see. Imagine holding them accountable to the values, principles, and political platform we identify together as a movement.

Well, we did just that.

In early 2018, we put together an interactive poll that allowed you to define who we are and what we're fighting for. People around the country gathered with friends, family and neighbors to debate and discuss the issues that are most important to them.

Below we present the Declaration for our Future, the product of this important discussion.

It’s easy to define what we’re against, but what are we for?

For movements to succeed they need to articulate a clear vision of the future. This is exactly what we set out to do when we conducted a massive nationwide interactive poll earlier this year: we wanted those of us who have marched, protested, and stood up to this administration and their cronies to define what we want for our country.

We launched Operation Marching Orders, a mediated online conversation, inviting tens of thousands of people via email and social media — and opening it up to anyone — to participate in a really cool, interactive poll in which participants could see in real time how others were voting. The best part was this: participants could add their own statements that everyone else could vote on.

Over 6,000 people participated, more than 2,000 statements were added, and over 530,00 votes were cast. Out of this process we created the Declaration For Our Future, a living document that outlines what those of us who have marched and resisted are fighting for.

But this platform also serves another purpose: it gives elected officials — or those who want to be elected — their “marching orders.” It is a way of holding them accountable to the values, principles, and policies we identify together as a movement.

This interactive poll gave all of us — in red states or blue states, urban or rural — a voice in the change we want to see in our country. With this input, the Declaration For Our Future can become a guiding document.

We included both the declaration synthesizing people’s entries, but also the statements people added themselves, so you can hear in their own voices the vision they have for our future.

We, the women, the youth, and allies of the resistance, stand united against the forces of inequality, injustice, and intolerance in all its forms. We call on the people of this country to lift up the voices of the marginalized and those who speak out for the rights of others. We call on the people of this country to bring about real change to our communities and to utilize our politics for lasting benefits to our country and the world. We call on the people of this country to realize our full power by using our voice at the ballot box in every single election.

We take strength from the millions who have marched with us in solidarity. And we take strength from knowing that there are millions more out there, just like us, who are Marching On for a better, brighter future.