March On unhinged

It’s easy to define what we’re against, but what are we for?

For movements to succeed they need to articulate a clear vision of the future. This is exactly what we set out to do when we conducted a massive nationwide interactive poll earlier this year: we wanted those of us who have marched, protested, and stood up to this administration and their cronies to define what we want for our country.

We launched Operation Marching Orders, a mediated online conversation, inviting tens of thousands of people via email and social media -- and opening it up to anyone -- to participate in a really cool, interactive poll in which participants could see in real time how others were voting. The best part was this: participants could add their own statements that everyone else could vote on.

Over 6,000 people participated, more than 2,000 statements were added, and over 530,00 votes were cast. Out of this process we created the Declaration For Our Future, a living document that outlines what those of us who have marched and resisted are fighting for.

But this platform also serves another purpose: it gives elected officials -- or those who want to be elected -- their “marching orders.” It is a way of holding them accountable to the values, principles, and policies we identify together as a movement.

This interactive poll gave all of us -- in red states or blue states, urban or rural -- a voice in the change we want to see in our country. With this input, the Declaration For Our Future can become a guiding document.

We included both the declaration synthesizing people’s entries, but also the statements people added themselves, so you can hear in their own voices the vision they have for our future.