The Organizers Of The Women's March Have Something Even Bigger In The Works

"Power to the Polls" is all about getting people to the ballot box.

Organizers of the Women's March announced this week that the next year for the group will be focused on taking action not in the streets but at the polls. As protesters gathered across the globe to recognize the one-year anniversary of the largest single-day protest in U.S. history, the Women's March launched Power to the Polls in Las Vegas, the first stop of their cross-country tour promoting voter turnout. In anticipation of the mid-term elections in November, the group has plans to visit swing states across the country in an effort to channel the energy of the march into electoral victories.

"Women's March has created a powerful movement that has ignited thousands of activists and new leaders," said Tamika D. Mallory, co-president of Women's March in a statement on its site. "In 2018, we must turn our work into action ahead of the midterms...We marched for justice in DC, we created our plan in Detroit and now we're bringing the power of the polls to Nevada."

The Power to the Polls kickoff event, held Sunday, featured politicians, artists, and activists, including Rep. John Lewis, Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter.  

After the event in Vegas, Women's March plans to visit 10 swing states with the goal of registering 1 million people to vote and helping inspire individuals to political action in general. 

"The women who appeared organically at that very first march... they are not content to have one rally, one march, and go home and be silent," Women's March Las Vegas organizer Helen Foley said in an interview with Bustle. "Women will never be silent again. We are active now and this is the next forum, this is the next opportunity for women to come together and say, 'We've had enough and it's time. It's our time.'"

With over nine months left until the midterm elections, the number of women running for elected office has already hit a record-high. As of publication, 390 women have announced their intention to run for a spot in the House of Representatives, a number that is highest ever recorded in U.S. history. In April of 2017, EMILY'S List reported 11,000 women had contacted the organization with the interest of running for office around the country.  

"This year we've rallied, we've marched, we've held town halls, we've huddled, we've written postcards, and we've run for office in bigger numbers than before," Bob Bland, a co-founder of the March, told HuffPost. "All of it was culminating in this moment, which is the anniversary of the Women's March, where we convert our collective power that we all felt last year on January 21st into a groundswell of political power."

Cover image via Michael Candelori / Shutterstock.com

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