Like many Americans, President Donald Trump's election was a wake-up call for me. On Nov. 9, I woke up depressed. On Nov. 10, I woke up angry. But by Nov. 11, I was ready to get to work.
As a work-from-home mom who runs a day care, I don't make enough money to donate to all my favorite non-profits. And I can't go up to the Capitol every day, but I can do a lot from my computer. So I started following Action Utah and Planned Parenthood on Facebook, I signed up for action alerts and I learned how to follow bills on the Utah Legislature's website.
I became what I call a keyboard lobbyist. Every day of Utah's legislative session, I contacted at least one representative up on the Hill. I woke up every morning an hour before my three kids. I made myself a cup of coffee and snuggled up on the couch with my puppy and my laptop. I took this quiet time to sift through action alerts. I composed personal messages to committee members explaining how annoyed I am that feminine hygiene products and baby diapers are taxed as a luxury. I thanked my amazing representatives for voting to make sure all rape kits are processed as fast as possible.