The Persisterhood arose from the ashes of our progressive dreams, which died a painful death on the night of November 8, 2016. We had been looking forward to another eight years under a president – the first female president – in which the humane economic and social policies of the Obama administration (xoxo, Mr. President) would be continued. We bought Hillary t-shirts, showed up at her rallies, and watched the election with excited anticipation.
So when Trump won, we were all thrown off-balance. In the days and weeks after the election, we dragged ourselves to work. We cried. We laughed and then balked every time Trump tweeted something outrageous (okay, so every time Trump tweeted). We wondered what this new administration would do to our country, whether it would tear us apart or bring us closer.
Then the Women’s Marches happened, not just in cities across America, but around the world. Then protesters and lawyers showed up at airports to support and defend the immigrants and refugees who found themselves suddenly barred from entering our country. Then Mitch McConnell tried to prevent Senator Warren from reading a letter written by Coretta Scott King on the House floor. “She was warned,” he said. “She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” We bought those t-shirts (obviously) and decided we were going to make our voices heard, too.
We want to talk to you about politics, culture, business, and the law. We want to explain why we are progressives – what we love about being liberal, and how we can more effectively spread our message to the voters who feel like we can’t – or don’t want to – hear them. We want to support (and help you to support) newcomers to the political realm who are running for office at the local, state, and federal levels. We want to reframe “women’s issues” and talk about why they matter deeply for society as a whole. We want to fawn over our friends at Pod Save America, and tell you why we think Jon Favreau would be the best Pod member to have on your zombie apocalypse team. And we’re here to do it in a way that we hope will make you snort into your lunch, challenge you to think differently about the issues confronting our country today, and maybe spawn a discussion with your friends or family.
We are the Persisterhood.