ISSUE 10 |  April 3, 2017

TAKE ACTION.

Get Women In Actual Office
With the news that Ivanka Trump now has been handed an office in the West Wing, we’d like to support more women actually getting elected to office.

Support one of these organizations that encourages women to run and supports their campaigns. Or sign up to run yourself!

Support Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention
April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. The statistics are frightening — one in five women will be raped at some point in their lives, and one in five female college students will be sexually assaulted.

Show your support for survivors and spread the word about prevention. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center has some ideas about how you can get involved this month, from hanging posters to attending local events.

Tell The GOP You Know They Sold Out
Spread the word. The GOP voted to sell your deepest secrets to your internet service provider (ISP), and they were paid to do so.

Find your nearest Republican representative on this list, and tell everyone in your area how they sold your community out.

Throw Shade While Supporting Planned Parenthood
Not only did the Senate vote to allow states to defund Planned Parenthood, but Vice President Mike Pence gleefully cast the tie breaking vote since GOP senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski went against party lines.

Donate to Planned Parenthood in a conservative state in honor of your senator if they voted to defund. If your senator DIDN'T vote to defund PP, donate in honor of Vice President Mike Pence. Make sure to send a card to their offices and let them know you were thinking of them. Awesomely free printable cards can be found herehere, and here.

TAKE CARE.

Read All The Books
It’s widely known that 45 is not an avid reader like his predecessors (W. had an annual reading contest with Karl Rove).

Keep the art of reading alive by joining your public library and/or donating your old books to them, especially books by authors from marginalized communities. The non-profit We Need Diverse Books is doing great work to make inclusive kids and YA lit more available. Check out their resources, and consider making a donation to their campaign. Help keep America smart.

Get Artsy
Art can help reduce stress, encourage relaxation, foster happiness, build self awareness, and is a proven, effective tool for victims of abuse as well as veterans with PTSD.

Many of us are experiencing various levels of stress and trauma as a result of our current political climate. We suggest you indulge in some healing art-based self-care. Here’s a list of 100 art therapy exercises to get you started.

Lock Your Webs Down
In light of last week’s vote to give ISP’s free reign over your browsing history, it’s probably prudent to spend some time this week  securing your personal interwebs.

Quincy Larson, at Free Code Camp, provides some great background info on the issue of internet privacy, and gives concrete steps on how to start protecting yourself.

Catch up on some Sleep
A new study shows women need about 20 minutes more sleep than men. So, encourage the women in your life to get a little more sleep this week.

Go to bed a little earlier or sneak in a nap if you can. This is a marathon not a sprint, and we need all hands on deck.

I studied, I met with medical doctors, scientists, and I’m here to tell you that the way to a more productive, more inspired, more joyful life is: getting enough sleep.
— Arianna Huffington