Slow Burn

fullsizerenderAnother day, another egregious attack on human rights and decency….

Today we’re focusing on setting priorities and not burning out. As my spouse said to me the other day – and I’m sure many of you have had similar conversations – “how are we going to survive four years of this?”

There are two questions here: how will we as individuals get through the next four years, especially if this careening rollercoaster cart continues to jump the track? But even more pressing, how will the country survive?

The answer, of course, is by doing what we’ve been doing for the past week. We call our members of Congress, we join Facebook groups with other local activists (and we show up for meetings and actions), we donate to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood and all of the other amazing groups doing amazing work, we stay vigilant, we protest and march.

Show me what democracy looks like? This is what democracy looks like!

But if you, like me, get a squidgy feeling when you’re away from social media and the news for too long, because you’re afraid you’re going to miss the latest development, you might also be wondering, how am I going to maintain the energy and drive to do this for four freaking years?

I’ve found some great guidance from Jen Hofmann’s weekly action checklist. Before you even jump into more activism, Jen has you figure out what your top three issues are (I know, only three!) and then determine what kind of actions you will take. You are directed to talk about your issues and action plan with friends and family. And then you set up time in your schedule to do the action.

We do this so we don’t burn out. Instead it’s the slow burn, as Jen calls it. It’s been really helpful for me to focus on my priorities and organize without getting overwhelmed. (Well, for the most part, at least.)

More on my top three priorities and actions soon. But let’s talk – how are you taking care of yourself during this hectic time?


#Resistance Link Roundup 3

img_5098I am notoriously awkward on the phone. I’d feel ashamed, but I know that there are many of us out there. Don’t be ashamed! Embrace your awkwardness!

With that in mind, some of today’s resistance links involve calling your elected representatives. As an introvert who far prefers arguing ideas via written text over talking (unless that talking involves close friends, a bar or cafe, and some libations), I kinda freeze up at the thought of calling strangers on the phone.

But I do it anyway. Because it’s important.

So here are links on keeping up with who to call and about which issues (I assume you know the issues you’re passionate about, but things are moving so quickly in these early days that I appreciate having a rundown of what’s happening).

  • 5 Calls encourages you to spend 5 minutes making 5 calls, plus there are scripts and contact numbers, and you can also track the calls you’ve made.
  • And here’s the number for the Capitol switchboard, which will direct you to your elected officials: 202-224-3121  You can program it into your phone – I did!

Resistance Twitter Accounts:

I love the alternate US government agency accounts. To me, they signify a commitment to free speech and to facts that we should all emulate. And while there are questions about who’s actually controlling the accounts, I have such admiration for the people who created and are maintaining them (which are not necessarily the same people).

Here’s a list of more alternate Twitter accounts to follow, plus info on the upcoming March for Science. (Thanks to my friend Julie for passing along the link!)

Got more resistance links to pass along? Comment below.

#Resistance Link Roundup 2

Reading Lists:

Well, looks like my reading list is full for the next four years. Here are a number of excellent books to add to your Goodreads list:

Alternative Facts:

Aren’t a thing.

Take Action:

Indivisible Guide – a guide for resisting the Trump agenda, created by former Congressional staffers. Sign up for email updates.

re:act – a weekly email from Derek Nelson provides background on current issues and lots of great ideas for taking action. This is a go-to resource for me.

This one’s also in the most recent re:act newsletter, but supporting women of color is a very important issue for me, so I’m highlighting the #Our100 Pledge, which I signed and ask you to do as well, to stand with women of color leadership.

Contribute to the Link Roundup:

Your turn – what links should be included? What books do you recommend for these strange times?