Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Real and Concerned

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Real and Concerned

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After the election, a group of people, mostly women, began gathering in Greenfield every few weeks to discuss what's going on in the postelection world and to find ways to respectfully resist the current administration. We attend town hall meetings, go to protests, call our representatives often (because there's a lot to complain about!), write emails, write postcards and learn more and more about how to participate in our democracy.

Some of us have attended larger group meetings about ways to be more politically active. Some of us have looked at the Indivisible Guide (a resistance handbook modeled on the Tea Party's resistance guide). I guess you could call us activists - though, for each of us, this is a new descriptor.

However, according to Val DiGiorgio, chairman of the state Republican Party, in his piece "Crybaby Politics" (March 21 Perspectives), by expressing our concerns and by being active, we're somehow helping to write a "new chapter in perversity" (because sometimes there are so many of us making so many phone calls that lines get jammed). …

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