We had our first RISING event last night! Thanks to our friends at Savage Smith Studios, we were able to host over 200 people at a unique space. We had plenty of chocolate to go around, thanks to Vosges chocolate. A guest at last night’s event approached me to joke that there was too much chocolate - but we respectfully disagree. There can never be too much chocolate! A group of talented actors performed a spoken word flash mob, which was a unique experience, to say the least. Our guests were surprised to witness actors who they had believed to be guests start standing up on chairs and performing spoken word about what RISE is.
Immediately after the flash mob had finished, our wonderful co-founders, Ellie and Genevieve, found themselves at the front of the room to explain what RISE is. If you were at the event, we hope you left with a better understanding of what we hope to do here at the RISE Movement. Genevieve began by explaining the resistance part of our plan. Even though only 20% of our plan falls under the “resistance” category, it has felt like the bulk of our movement. To be frank, that’s because it has been so far. Since the election, we have been purely reactionary. Reacting to the events that have unfolded the past few months have sucked up all of our time. We haven’t had the opportunity yet to be proactive in our change. This weekend, we will be marching in seven marches around the country. RISErs will represent our movement in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington DC. If you live in or around any of these cities and want to be a part of the movement, it’s not too late to sign up for our marches. The signup form is a little confusing, but if you click here, it’ll ask you to enter your information. That will take you to a second page, and then you can choose your location. You should receive an email afterwards from our amazing field organizer, Josh, telling you the details of when and where to meet in your respective city.
The other 80% of our mission, which is what Ellie discussed in her speech last night, is the change. We are gearing up for the long-haul when the marches conclude on Saturday. We are excited for the marches, but they are only the beginning of the work we have in front of us. The only way the marches will have a long-lasting impact is if they jumpstart momentum for action AFTER Saturday...and that’s the change. Genevieve, a successful tech entrepreneur, is using strategies she picked up from the tech world to aid us in our plan. In the tech world, professionals first discover what problems the general public is having, and then they find a solution. Seems simple enough, right? Coders don’t want to spend time and money developing a solution for a problem that doesn’t exist. We at RISE are simply applying that logic to politics. We plan to knock on doors to discover what issues people really care about. We won’t push candidates onto voters. Rather, we want to find out what people actually care about, then go find a tailor-picked candidate in order to solve those issues. Through this method, people on the ground become more involved in the political sphere, which will hopefully encourage them to vote with more consistency, because they will have been involved with the process from the very beginning.
We are bringing tech into politics. We are bringing you into politics. We are putting democracy back into politics. It’s an exciting time here in America, and we at RISE can’t wait to make our mark.