ISSUE 01  |  January 31, 2017

TAKE ACTION.

Betsy DeVos’ confirmation will be voted on by the Senate. Call your senators and ask them to vote against DeVos. If they are going to, thank them. Don’t assume that because they are a democrat they will vote against her. Call anyway.

Call your Senators and ask them to vote no on Jeff Sessions’s nomination for Attorney General on 1/31, especially if they are members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. You can also fax them for free via Fax Zero.

Follow alternate agencies on Twitter:
◦ Alternative Dept. of Ed - @Alt_DeptofED
◦ Alternative National Institute of Health - @Alt_NIH
◦ Alt Health and Human Services - @AltHHS
◦ Alternative CDC - @Alt_CDC
◦ Alt. US Forest Service - @AltForestServ
◦ AltFDA - @alt_fda
◦ AltEPA - @altUSEPA
◦ AltUSDA - @altUSDA
◦ Not Alt World (formerly Unofficial National Park Service) - @NotAltWorld
◦Rogue NASA - @RogueNASA

Stay informed. The Daily 202 highlighted things that have happened this week that have gotten less media attention. PBS did an article on Trump’s first ten executive actions.

TAKE CARE.

Check in with a friend who seems distressed. Can you get together with some people you love and share a cup of tea or a meal?

Read a nonfiction book. Maybe one about a historical resistance movement. (Coming of Age in Mississippi was recently recomended to us).

Speak out when you hear racist ideas normalized, even when they are subtle. Stand up for marginalized people you encounter in your day to day life.

Remember: all this work is about taking care of each other. Can you get together with some people you love and share a cup of tea or a meal? Nothing has to be fancy! Tea and boxed cookies, or just tea. Make pizza together and watch a movie.

Stop working and fika. It’s a verb in Swedish that loosely means “to have a coffee break,” and usually involves coffee (or tea, if that’s your thing) and cake or pastry. The important part of fika is that you really stop what you’re doing and just be with the people around you. Fika isn’t a noun, it’s a verb, because a gentle action still deserves an action word.

When you start to feel overwhelmed, take a self-care break. Here are links to online self care resources. You can do them throughout the day at your desk!