The 2016 election did not go as I expected.
The day after the vote was tallied, I was in a fog. I was sad, angry, confused... I couldn't believe where we as a country had decided to go.
Up until this point in my life, I had considered myself to be what I can only describe as, an "armchair activist".
I was always supportive of positive change in our community, but... from the comfort of my own living room.
I had never marched.
I had never held a sign or rallied amongst 10, let alone 10,000.
I had never tried to speak with my Representatives or Senators.
I had never gone out of my way to BE the change.
I knew, once the vote was in, that we as a country have a LOT of work to do to be better than what I was seeing on TV and in our communities and on our social media.
Working in the travel industry for 12 years has given me the experience necessary to plan a trip and work out logistics.
Thinking of all the important things we need, but don't always remember when we travel, is a specialty of mine.
This is my gift.
THIS is how I can protest.
And... if I can help inspire others the way I've been inspired, then that would be a blessing beyond anything I can imagine.
So, I started putting together a trip to DC for the Women's March. Since I was new to advocacy, and had lots to learn, I thought perhaps, that I wasn't alone.
Offering workshops and speakers, meals and transportation,
This is more than a bus ride.
This is ADVOCACY and EDUCATION in ACTION.
THIS IS THE END OF APATHY.
RISE Travel is focused on:
- Ending violence
- Equal pay for women
- LGBTQ+ rights
- Women's Rights
- Civil Rights
- Immigrant Rights
- Environmental Justice
Today YOU are making a statement. Today YOU are saying that enough is enough!
Together, we ARE stronger and we CAN make change!
"She has fire in her soul and grace in her heart."
You may be an experienced advocate, or this may be your first time stepping up.