by Kathie England

Unbreaking America

“If we all do a little, we can win together.”
That is the vision of My 1000 Small Steps project launched on January 20, 2017 – the collective power of small steps to create profound change.
It is also the closing line in “Unbreaking America,” a short video created by Represent.Us, a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization founded in November 2012. Its mission is to pass tough anti-corruption laws in cities and states across America by bringing progressives and conservatives together. By stopping political bribery, ending secret money, and fixing our broken elections we can create a system of government that will represent us.
Represent.Us proposes that key events at the state and local level trigger a rush of activity they refer to as “trigger moments.” The video cites legalization of women’s right to vote, interracial marriage, and same sex marriage as examples of trigger moments where local activity was the catalyst for changes in federal laws.
We the people can realize the potential of this “great American experiment” (the words of Alexis de Tocqueville in Democracy in America written in 1835).
We can create a truly multi-racial society with genuine equality for all. (These words were inspired by Henry Louis Gates in his series, “Reconstruction: America After the Civil War.”)
I invite you to watch this video from Represent.Us at
“If we all do a little, we can win together.”