What to Do This Week of April 16, 2017
Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience
By Jen Hofmann
23 weeks down, 81 weeks to mid-term elections.
Because of the holiday and need for rest, this week’s edition is different. The usual checklist will be back next week.
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It’s time to get serious about your own well-being.
45 is not going away. The people he’s given authority are not going away. As the gaslighting, mind games, and polarizing media coverage continue, my concern grows for our resistance. If you’re weary, we lose a vital part of the flock. If you feel energized and resourceful, we can reclaim democracy and make it even better.
I recently asked on Twitter, “Will your current level of self care last you the next four years?” The number of negative responses was staggering. Some people laughed incredulously. Others seemed exhausted and weary. If you feel this way too, take a slow deep breath.
The theme of this week’s checklist is renewal—yours (a special issue devoted to your well-being) and mine (the shorter-than-usual checklist).
The history of self care
Background: I’d mistakenly thought that self care was a pithy new-age trend. Actually, the concept originates over fifty years ago during the civil rights movement, when taking care of and claiming one’s own body was an act of resistance. Self-care was part of the women’s movement as an expression of female sovereignty. What those brave men and women knew then serves us today: nourishing oneself allows us to keep fighting oppression. Today, when we claim authority over our well-being, we honor that heritage as Americans. Where there is injustice, self care is still an act of resistance.
Read: The History of Self Care.
Complete: Print and fill out my updated self care worksheet. (This is the week’s most important action.)
Read: Since last December, I have been writing articles about ways to be in this resistance, not just what to do. Make them part of this week’s self care effort.
- Our immigrant roots instruct us on this chapter in America’s history. (read)
- We’re on a long journey. Self care is fuel for our resistance. (read)
- When something is destroyed, something new is being created. (read)
- When resisting makes you weary, look to the skies. (read)
- The importance of vision when dreams seem impossible. (read)
Listen: Last week I was a guest on KPFK Feminist Magazine’s radio program for an encouraging conversation about the resistance. The interviews starts at 30:38. Listen in here.
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Acts of Gratitude
Thank Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Mike Lee (R-UT) for defending Americans’ constitutional right to free speech.
Address: (CG) 354 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510
Address: (ML) 361A Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510
Thank Rep. Maxine Waters for her inspiring leadership and for speaking up for democracy.
Address: 10124 S Broadway #1, Los Angeles, CA 90003
Address: (BC) Dirksen Senate Office Building, SD-425, Washington, DC 20510
Address: (CC) 127A Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510
It really is okay to take a break. However, if you’re feeling energized, here are three sites to visit for good actions:
- Wall of Us: Flip Georgia blue (you can help no matter where you are).
- Tell All Your Friends: Focusing on Russia gets 45 out sooner.
- Loyal Opposition: Oppose military action without Congress’ approval.
- A Stanford microbiologist knits “resistor” hats for the March for Science.
- Oregon proposes a bill to cut its prison population and reduce excessive sentencing.
- A federal judge blocks 7 executions in Alabama.
- Facebook shuts down over 30,000 fake accounts in advance of the French elections.
- Rick Steves donated a $4M apartment complex to to the YWCA for women and children.
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We’ll be back with a full checklist of actions next week. Please keep taking good care of yourself and get rest. We’re stronger together!