For decades, groups such as the stodgy Republican Central Committee and Republican Women’s Federated have defined the political force in our town. The group has been well organized. It also has given rise to right-wing bullies in the local blogosphere.
But that’s changing, as we’ve written before. In our town, progressive women are organizing — on a more “neutral” platform of pragmatism, respect and tolerance.
The signs include Emerge CA, which has focused on our area to elect Democratic women; Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump, carrying the most votes in our county; and Heidi Hall winning election to the county Board of Supervisors.
“While there were several issues that played into the election of Donald Trump, the vicious misogyny and disrespect that took place during the campaign, and after, has been eye-opening for women in our country and for the men who love us,” writes Hilary Hodge in The Union.
“In our community and all over our state and nation, women are getting together in scores and taking the lead in community involvement. Women are vigilantly monitoring the activities of our elected officials to ensure that proposed policy that could hurt women and families in this country doesn’t go forward without a fight. Women are getting involved in local political clubs in numbers never before recorded.”