ISSUE 06 | March 7, 2017
Dealing with Jeff Sessions
Call and tell your representatives and senators that, after lying under oath, Sessions should be forced to resign as Attorney General. Then pick up the phone and call your governor's office and ask them to put the pressure on too. Find your: House Reps / Senators / Governor
Stand up against anti-Semitism
Write letters to the synagogues and JCCs in your community letting them know that you stand with them in solidarity. If you’ve room in your budget, consider a donation to the Anti-Defamation League, which does great work to fight anti-Semitism and bigotry across the United States.
Speak up for immigrants
The White House is gearing up to release the next phase of their anti-immigrant agenda with Trump’s announcement of a government agency focusing on crimes by illegal immigrants. The folks at Wall of Us suggest calling your sheriff to ask them not to cooperate with ICE. They’ve put together some great instructions, including links to phone numbers, and a script.
Keep the bark in the watchdog bite
While you’re over at Wall of Us, follow their advice on how to stick up for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), an important watchdog agency that provides financial oversight to protect, well, us.
A day without women
March 8th is International Women’s Day, and the folks from the Women’s March have designated it a Day Without Women. Stand in solidarity with all gender oppressed people by wearing red, abstaining from paid/unpaid work, and avoiding shopping. Here are some ideas for those who want to participate, but can’t take the day off.
Be heard with snail mail
Organize a postcard party for friends and family to let your representatives know how you’re feeling about public education, immigration, the ACA, Jeff Sessions, etc. Sweeten the deal by printing some of the free and fun postcards that can be found here, here, and here. Get ahead of the game and write your Ides of Trump postcard (to mail on March 15th) while you’re at it.
Practice radical self-care
Audre Lorde said, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” This awesome article from Ravishly outlines the ways in which radical self-care is essential for black women, and offers a good reminder for us all.
Take a moment to reflect on history
Spend an hour or an afternoon in quiet reflection at one of our nation’s many Holocaust museums or memorials. “Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must — at that moment — become the center of the universe.” — Elie Wiesel
Watch Documented, a film about journalist Jose Antonio Vargas’s “journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his public struggle as an immigration reform activist/provocateur; and his journey inward as he reconnects with his mother, whom he hasn't seen in 20 years.”
Take a dog for a walk
We’ve understood for a long time that spending time with animals can have a therapeutic effect. So we suggest you take a dog for a walk. If you don’t have a dog, try your neighbor's dog, or find a program where you can walk a rescue dog.
Make a lady date
To celebrate the beginning of Women’s History Month, reconnect with an important woman in your life — your mother, grandmother, wife, sister, best friend or an old friend you haven’t seen in awhile. Catch up, tell her how important she is to you. Bonus: Support women’s businesses and meet up in an establishment owned by women if you can.
Send someone you love a note
Spare a stamp or two, and send a thank you card to someone who refills you, letting them know how much they mean. For those who prefer a digital approach to snail mail, we love Postable for an easy card sending experience.“‘Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.” - Alice Walker