This was written by Moms Clean Air Force Nevada Field Organizer, Jennifer Cantley:
Being surrounded by thousands of hopeful women — mothers, daughters, sisters — brought me to tears last weekend. I joined over 30,000 women and allies in the Women’s March Power to the Polls events in my home state of Nevada.
For me, this is personal. There are three Superfund sites within 20 miles of my home. My middle son suffers from asthma, made worse by frequent fires in our area. I know it’s my job to fight for my kids every day — and this weekend I saw that Moms around the country are doing the same.
I wasn’t the only woman at the Women’s March fighting for clean air, clean water, and healthy families — I wasn’t even in the minority. I was so struck to see thousands of signs highlighting the importance in protecting our climate and communities and to hear in almost every speech how we must protect our environment. That means our message and our mission is spreading — all because of your hard work.
Moms are dedicated to working together towards a better future for our families. Moms have an amazing amount of energy — especially when the health of our children is on the line. When we bring that energy to our friends, neighborhoods, and communities, we have the power to change the world.
Here’s the biggest thing I learned over the weekend: Moms are powerful. Moms are showing up in the streets. Moms are going to show up in the voting booths come primary season and midterm elections. Politicians on both sides of the aisle can’t win without us. Let’s make sure they’re accountable to families, not polluters.
Here’s to Moms making change in 2018,