Ep. 7 - You run. No, you run. Let's all run!
Facebook is a double-edged sword. It has been Russia’s main source for spreading misinformation in the US, but it also became the place where shell-shocked progressives went to find communal support after the political earthquake that was 2016.
Within weeks of the election, groups comprised of individuals who once thought they were the only liberals in town were now booming with hundreds of members, with most finding each other by spreading the message through social media.
Lorraine Wilburn started her group, Action Together Stark, by responding to a simple post in Pantsuit Nation asking if there was anyone in her area that would like to meet up and commiserate. Action Together Stark now has almost 1,000 members that are working tirelessly to organize, connect, educate, and elect new candidates.
After searching for people to represent them, they started looking towards each other and realized that if they really wanted better-elected officials, they had to do it themselves.
“You should run.”
“No, you should run.”
“Let’s all run!”
By pushing and prodding each other, many ATS members filed to run for office and Lorraine is one of them. Politics is not new to her family– her grandfather was a White House correspondent and she volunteered for the Mondale-Ferraro campaign back when she was only 12 years old. Now, this mother and activist is making her first run for office in Ohio House District 48 by facing off against a man who has sat in the Ohio State Congress since the 1980s.
While social media may have been the problem that led to this mess, leaders like Lorraine are working to make these tools work effectively to organize and reach like-minded people in their communities. Even though Mark Zuckerberg might no longer be her friend, she understands the value of starting a movement online and is now looking to use this energy to carry her into office and achieve long-term success.