Karen McCann & the origins of the project
The other day I was all wound up telling my husband, Rich, about my latest Resistance project, and when my eloquence, passion, and ability to blather on was finally exhausted and I stopped talking, he said, “You know, I almost feel sorry for the poor bastards you’re going up against.”
I like to think conversations like that are happening at breakfast tables all around the world. And in fact, they probably are. There are millions of American women who are standing up to tell the world, “We are not going to be silent. We are not going away. In fact, we are just getting started.”
I got to thinking about all the women who, like me, are finding themselves in the unexpected position of standing on the front lines of opposition to the most powerful political machine on the planet. Are we nuts? Is all this activity working? Can we win?
I’ve decided to find out.
I’m going to spend the summer talking with the women who are driving the American Resistance: leaders, behind-the-scene workers, lifelong political activists, first-time protesters, Pussyhat knitters, people with disabilities doing online activism, neighbors, friends, and women who are finding creative ways to mount effective protest in some of the most remote corners of the planet. I’ll do interviews — in person when possible, but more often recorded online — and make short videos to post on YouTube. They'll be reposted on Americans Resisting Overseas, my blog Enjoy Living Abroad, American Resistance Sevilla, and other sites I'll be adding as the project progresses.
Do you know a Resister doing interesting work? I would love to share her story with the world. Send me a note in the comments below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My goal is to learn from my sisters in the Resistance. And to share the truth that sustains me in the work: We are not helpless. We are not alone. There are millions of us. We have plenty to say, and thanks to the Women’s March and the global Resistance movement, the world is listening. Stay tuned, ladies and gentlemen, because we are just getting started.
This video is Episode 1 of my ongoing series Women of the American Resistance. You can view the complete series here on this website, on my new YouTube channel, my original blog Enjoy Living Abroad, and American Resistance Sevilla; many episodes appear on Americans Resisting Overseas and other social media sites. Feel free to repost this video or link to this content. My goal is to tell the world about these remarkable American women and the work they're doing to help fix the mess we're in.
Karen McCann is a bestselling author whose travel tips and adventure stories have appeared in Huffington Post, International Living Magazine, New York Daily News, Los Angeles Times, and Lonely Planet. She is a founding member of American Resistance Sevilla.