It's hard to believe that Activistas isn't even 1 yet. So while we can't exactly have a birthday party for ourselves, the New Year presents the perfect opportunity to reflect and, natch, dream for 2008. Truth be told, this time last year the idea to host a blog where busy parents could find information - and each other - to change the public policies that fail our families wan't even on the very back burner of our proverbial stove. Nope, we were just bitching (in my case, to pretty much anyone who would listen): no paid maternity leave! expensive childcare! underfunded schools! ugh! would someone please DO something about these problems??
So what happened?? S-o glad you asked!! One night of communal bitching. And during it, the realization that not only did we all have complaints, but that we all had priorities, ideas, and that there were enough of us to actually create change if we tried. And for that, a big thanks to Moms Rising and a good friend for pushing the idea of watching & discussing The Motherhood Manifesto. While I confess to being less than wowed by the film, it got us to think long and hard about how we could do more than gripe. How we could, as the bumper sticker reads: Stop Bitching and Start a Revolution. OK, so a blog does not a revolution make, but in my mind, information, inspiration and the personal connections we are making through Activistas might just take us a step or two closer to where we think this state, this country ought to be.