Sarah Moses doesnt look like a political activist.
But seeing her in action at meetings of the newly-formed Action
Steps for America of DeKalb and Sycamore shows her intense focus
on making a difference at the grass-roots level.
My interest in getting involved was sparked by the
(recent presidential) election and my concerns about the direction
the administration was taking us in, she said. Sarah probably
has activism in her genes, whether she realized it or not until
now. Her parents were at the University of Illinois when they
joined the Peace Corps and served in India.
Sarah graduated from DeKalb High School and went to Northern
Illinois University, where she earned a bachelors degree
in exercise physiology and a masters in physical education
and health education, now using that to operate a personal fitness
training business of her own.
Sarah Moses holds her laptop as she begins another
meeting of the local political action group at the First Congregational
Church in DeKalb. (Schrader photo for Shaw Media)
She and a few others gathered more than two months ago
to talk about what they could do in the 16th Congressional District
to learn more about the operations of Congress and how legislation
affects people in this district. We tried to meet with
Congressman Adam Kinzinger but to no avail, Sarah said.
He has not held town meetings since the election, and only
his staff was reachable.
She said for now their main goal is educating people on
what is happening in Congress. We want to share our views
with our representatives, she said. We have dug into
local issues to see how our rural communities are affected by
the policies that are being voted on in Washington.
Each Saturday morning for the past eight weeks the group
has been holding meetings, most recently at 10 a.m. in the lower
level of the First Congregational Church, 615 N. First St. in
Attendance has ranged from 50 to 100 people at each session.
People are invited to speak out, and many have expressed concerns
about issues ranging from education, needs of the elderly, disabled,
children, mental health and the Affordable Care Act replacement,
Sarah said they will continue to try and meet with Kinzinger
and other elected representatives. They plan to take part in
a protest rally Thursday outside the Chicago Club in the South
Loop, where Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan is holding a fundraiser
with many leading Republicans from around the state in attendance.
She said there could be tens of thousands taking part in the
They, along with several other grass-roots political groups
that have sprung up since the election, are using a document
titled Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the
Trump Agenda, which was produced by some former congressional
staffers to help raise political awareness and calls for action
among people in all parts of the country. The document can be
found online at www.indivisibleguide.com.
Those interested in the movement can contact Sarah at sarahmosesfitness.com or visit the church
at 10 a.m. Saturday.
They also are making extensive use of social media and
can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as various