Today, we are sharing action item #8 from the Women’s March 10 actions/100 days campaign.

Let’s Talk: Why We Resist

On January 21st, millions demonstrated that people from vastly different backgrounds can unite behind shared values across a spectrum of issues. From D.C. to Des Moines, from Paris to Lima, we marched for immigrant rights and LGBTQIA+ rights, for civil rights and environmental justice, for reproductive freedom and for Black lives, for people with disabilities and for economic justice, for Indigenous rights and sex workers’ rights – and we proved that all these issues are women’s issues. We proved that our liberation is bound to one another. We are not truly free, until the most marginalized among us are free. This means that we need to continue to learn and inform ourselves about the issues – especially the ones that may not affect our own lives.

While the principles we stand for are universal, their impact manifests at the local level. So as we continue to mobilize for true human rights for all people, engage with those around you and learn more about the specific issues that matter most to your community.

For Action 8 in our 10 Actions / 100 Days campaign, we encourage you to connect with people beyond your familiar circle and invite them to share their thoughts, hopes, fears and ideas. Break down barriers by coming out from behind your feeds and filters to engage your neighbors one-on-one and learn about what issues galvanize them. Be sure to share what you activate for too. Together, let’s talk about the issues that motivated us to march on January 21, and around which we can unite far beyond these initial 100 days.


  1. Learn how to engage in effective one-on-one conversations with people on the important topics and issues.
  2. Host a group one-on-one training in your home (or another community space), where you and your friends, families, and colleagues, can practice guiding productive and open conversations about the issues.
  3. Get out of your comfort zone and engage 5 new members of your community to find out what matters to them.
  4. Tell us what you’ve learned! Let us know which issues are important to you and your community.
  5. Download and print these graphics. Fill in the blanks with the issues that matter to you and your communities. Share your responses on social media using the hashtag #WhyWeResist.


Resources for One-On-One Meetings (1:1)

  • Women’s March One-on-One Meeting (1:1) Field Guide that introduces 1:1s, goes over a sample agenda, and provides guiding questions for your 1:1 conversations
  • Organizing for America (OFA) Organizing Manual includes tactics and tips for effective community organizing
  • Better Conversations: a Starter Guide seeks to create new spaces for listening, conversation, and engagement at a time when we are more divided than ever before
  • TED Talk from Robb Willer on how to have better political conversations

Additional resources to use throughout this action

* Please note: Many of these resources were collected by our friends at The Resistance Manual – another amazing overarching resource for activists and organizers.


Issue Guides

  • The Resistance Manual is an open-source platform to harness the collective power of the people to resist the impact of a Trump presidency and to continue to make progress in our communities
  • Toolkits from Beyond the Moment, a coalition of more than 50 organizations committed to the multi-racial, cross-movement fight for justice, freedom and the right to live fully, with dignity and respect
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