#RunForSomething: Tag a friend.
Today’s #DailyRevolution is to encourage yourself or someone in your community to Run for Something! Are you upset that your school board is telling students to use gender specific bathrooms? Do you care about how human-made waste and pollution are damaging our health and climate? Do you want to make sure there’s more affordable housing in your city? You can make change by getting involved at the local level; you can take on some of the challenges that your community faces, and become a leader.
Founded by a veteran organizer of both HRC and Obama’s presidential campaigns, Run for Something (RFS) is a group working to recruit progressive millennials (under the age of 35) and help them run for office — any office. If you are determined to create change, but not sure about what platform you should run on or how to get started, they will help you out. All you have to be is a passionate Democrat, willing to put in the hard work.
Working with groups like Emerge, EMILY’s List, Higher Heights, Latino Victory Project, and She Should Run, RFS will educate, promote, help fund, and connect candidates with mentors and experts. More than 8,000 people have signed up since their inauguration day launch on January 20, 2017.
You, too, can be like 25-year-old Hannah Risheq who is running for the House of Delegates in Virginia, 34-year-old Ronnie Cho who is running for a city council in his East Village neighborhood in NYC, or 18-year-old Mike Floyd who ran and WON a seat on a Texas school board. RFS believes we need a lot more diversity in representative politics: We need more LGBTQ Americans, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and people with disabilities to run for office, and we also need more scientists, more teachers, more engineers, and more non-lawyers to run for office.
And today, all it takes is a little encouragement to take that first step, so tag, DM, or pick up the phone, and push yourself or a friend to run for something!