Following the November 2016 election, a small group of young people in Lancaster reached out to community organizers and faith leaders and called for an emergency community meeting—to talk together about the shock, sadness, and outrage we were feeling. Three hundred Lancastrians came to that first meeting and got busy making plans to take action to turn things around. Lancaster Stands Up was born.
Soon it was clear that thousands of Lancastrians were feeling an overwhelming desire to get involved and to take back our democracy. Volunteer-driven working groups began forming around pressing issues like immigration, healthcare, and political accountability. And Lancaster Stands Up quickly began developing into a vehicle for everyday people to have a political voice. In short, we are building independent grassroots progressive political power.