What to Do This Week of April 16, 2017

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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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Self care

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.


I believe in democracy

Go to resistance school (free) and learn strategies work for the long haul.

Click: https://www.resistanceschool.com/

Read: How to stand up to 45 and win.


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

Thank Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Chris Coons (D-DE) for supporting food assistance to Sudan and opposing Trump’s foreign aid cuts.

Address: (BC) Dirksen Senate Office Building, SD-425, Washington, DC 20510

Address: (CC) 127A Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510


Optional actions

It really is okay to take a break. However, if you’re feeling energized, here are three sites to visit for good actions:


Good news




Final action

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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!