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11/16/18 

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1.    The senate confirmation hearing for Trump’s nominee for director of ICE, Ronald Vitiello, is quietly going on mostly unnoticed.  Vitiello helped oversee the separation of more than 2500 migrant children from their patents at our southern border. During his hearing Thursday he confirmed that the administration is now considering another family separation policy. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/immigration/trumps-nominee-to-lead-ice-ronald-vitiello-faces-senate-confirmation-hearing/2018/11/14/2edcb38e-e830-11e8-a939-9469f1166f9d_story.html?utm_term=.4838438313db Michelle BranĂ©, the director of migrant rights and justice at the Women’s Refugee Commission, tweeted, “This is the guy who managed CBP, the agents that separated kids from their parents, the agents who told parents they were taking their child to give them a bath, the agents who did not keep track of who they were separating.” She added, “Not qualified to run anything.” Let’s contact our senators today and urge them to vote against Vitiello’s confirmation.

2.   On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY blocked a bipartisan effort from Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Chris Coons (D-DE) to vote on legislation that would protect the Mueller investigation. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-14/mcconnell-blocks-senate-bill-protecting-mueller-investigation. McConnell is still claiming that this legislation is unnecessary, despite Trump’s recent move to install an acting Attorney General who has gone on record to oppose the investigation. https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/08/politics/kfile-matthew-whitaker-mueller-comments/index.html. Senator Flake is now saying that he will not vote to confirm any judiciary appointees until a vote is taken; however, he has been known to backtrack on his word. Let’s thank Senator Flake (202-224-4521) for bringing this bill forward and urge him to stick by his word and refuse to confirm any judiciary appointees until Mueller is protected.  Stand Up America is also asking us to call 888-724-8850 to tell our senators to demand that this legislation be brought to the Senate floor for debate and a vote on its merits.

3.   The Violence Against Women Act (H.R. 6545), or VAWA, was temporarily authorized through December 7th, and it's time to put pressure on our MoC to fully reauthorize this legislation (https://psmag.com/news/whats-next-for-the-violence-against-women-act). VAWA has been providing support to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence since 1994 and has had bipartisan support throughout the years. Let's call our representatives in the House and tell them that we want to see this show of bipartisanship by passing this crucial bill.

4.   Senator Jeff Flake has stated that he will block any further judicial confirmations until legislation protecting the Mueller investigation is put up for a vote, following Senate Majority Leader McConnell's refusal to allow the bill to proceed to the floor of the Senate (https://n.pr/2K3rWj4https://bit.ly/2TaO27H). Let's contact the other members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and ask them to join Flake in delaying these confirmations until the legislation is voted on:  
https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/ We can also contact Flake, who has a history of empty threats, to keep his word on this. Mailing address: Senate Russell Office Building 413 Washington, D.C. 20510 Phone: 202-224-4521 Fax: 202-228-0515

5.   In what looks suspiciously like an attempt to get some—any—legislation passed before the House turnover in January, especially a sop to African American voters, our “law and order” guy, Trump, announced Wednesday that he would back a bipartisan prison reform bill, if Mitch McConnell can assure its passage in the Senate.  While it has many virtues—it lowers mandatory minimum sentences, gives judges more discretion, and extends a reduction in the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine passed in 2010—this bill is NOT retroactive, drastically limiting its effect:  https://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/eager-lame-duck-win-trump-backs-prison-reform-bill or https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/14/us/politics/prison-sentencing-trump.html  We need to insist that our senators scrutinize carefully this bill--and all of Trump’s attempts to pretend bipartisanship during this lame duck session of Congress. 

6.   On Tuesday, Trump nominated conservative lawyer Neomi Rao to replace Brett Kavanaugh on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. (Source: Fortune)  The Alliance for Justice (AFJ) see Rao as a "slash-and-burn" deregulator.  We can read the AFJ statement here. Let's contact our own Senators to let them know we have concerns about Neomi Rao.

7.   On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmed the nomination of Paul Matey, Trump's nominee for a seat on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Matey’s hearing was held over the strong objections of his home-state senators, Cory Booker and Bob Menendez. The Alliance For Justice opposes Matey's confirmation (Source: AFJ). The Leadership Conference also opposes Matey. (Source: CivilRights.org) Let's contact our Senators to let them know we oppose the full Senate confirmation of Matey.

8.   Politico reports that Trump is considering Thomas Homan, former acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, to succeed Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is asking us to call on our senators to speak out against the possible nomination of Homan. Let's make some noise to keep this nomination from happening. (Source: CAIR)

9.   The drift-prone weed killer dicamba is destroying millions of acres of farm crops, and yet the EPA has approved its use for another two years. Documents show that the EPA granted this approval amid pressure from dicamba manufacturers, despite warnings from scientists and research. 
https://www.revealnews.org/article/scientists-warned-this-weed-killer-would-destroy-crops-epa-approved-it-anyway/ Let’s tell our MoCs that it’s about time the EPA met its legal obligations to protect the environment, and that reversing this approval is as good a place as any to start.

10. The Trump administration has proposed three rule changes that target access to birth control and abortion.  https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/trump-birth-control-abortion-753010/  Let’s be on the lookout for the public comment period so that we can make our thoughts known on this issue.

Election/Voting

1.    From one of our own:  Georgia voters who had to cast provisional ballots on Election Day can find out if their votes were counted by calling a new toll-free hotline!  TOLL-FREE HOTLINE: 1-844-537-5375.  The hotline, required by a federal judge’s order, allows voters to call the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office with questions about their provisional ballots. Voters will be told whether their ballots were counted, and if not, the reason why.

2.   We’ve all seen the damage vote suppressing Secretaries of State can inflict, especially in states like Georgia.  Now we have a change to fix some of that and make sure that, going forward, Georgia has a chance for fair elections, when we help John Barrow, who has a runoff election for the Georgia Secretary of State position. Barrow has just added text-banking through Hustle, so we can help get him elected in under three weeks--and start to reverse the damage Brian Kemp did. We can sign up here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe4o9rQq7QcBvaQ_k0c1h_bssygJiu4MB7FBZ27fb-nNy1fYQ/viewform

Other Actions

1.    Link correction: After the stress and strain of the elections, it’s time for some rest, renewal and recharging.  A)  To start off, we can check out the Facebook group Revolutionary Self Care to find ways to “build sustainable wellbeing practices including physical self-care, [including] building routines, integrating more creativity and play into our days, mindfulness, meaningful connections, gratitude, setting boundaries and much more.” Each day will feature a focus/ challenge and then give us some resources to meet it:  https://www.facebook.com/RevolutionarySelfCare/ B) We can also explore two seasons of the Self Care Sundays Podcast, founded in 2017 by Aditi Juneja, who states,” we firmly believe self-care is a political act, especially for people of color. We do not believe self-care is a selfish act or a luxury. In fact, we believe it is a necessary part of a healthy, daily routine to navigate competing obligations.” Aditi talks about ways to establish self-care, also interviewing a variety of speakers from underrepresented groups for more ideas and insights:   https://www.selfcaresundayspodcast.com/,  and C) The SwellCenter, also on Facebook, is a virtual wellness center for change agents with helpful resources and a community of care. We can check it out for ideas and actions. The Center is also looking to grow, so if we are healers, wellness practitioners, life coaches or other such professionals, we are invited to a zoom meeting to collaborate and cross-pollinate. We can send Emily Gonzalez Escalante our email address to connect.  She can be reached at emily@swellcollective.org 

2.   California is still burning.  It’s the 7th year of drought. Climate change is real.  If we want to help our fellow Americans in CA, here are two reliable options that the NYT’s has mentioned:  A) American Red Cross: This nonprofit has opened shelters across the state to help evacuees. They also have an online tool that people can use to register themselves as safe so loved ones can find them, and B) California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund: For 15 years, the foundation has offered aid to those affected by wildfires. Grants have gone to rebuilding homes, providing financial and mental health assistance and helping those affected to get medical treatment.”  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/11/reader-center/california-fires-how-to-help.html  There are also links in this article to find out if a Charity is reliable or not. Let’s do our research before we donate. 

3.   The ACLU's Smart Justice 50-State Blueprints are the first-ever analysis of their kind and will serve as tools for activists, advocates, and policymakers to push for transformational change to the criminal justice system. The reports are all viewable on an interactive website that allows users to visualize the reductions in jail and prison population that would result from the policy decisions that states pursue. Let's review the interactive feature here and search information on our own states. Let's continue to advocate for changes to our criminal justice system.

4.   A new play, "Is This A Room", that stages the verbatim transcript of the FBI interrogation of whistleblower Reality Winner at her home on June 3, 2017, is planning a January 2019 premiere at The Kitchen in New York City. Artistic director of the 10-year-old Half Straddle theater company, Tina Satter, is requesting contributions on Kickstarter to keep this project going. We can read more and/or contribute here.

5.   The Trump administration has been especially hard on Latinx Americans, and the effects show in their views of the country and their place in it (https://www.npr.org/2018/11/13/666332675/latinos-increasingly-concerned-about-their-place-in-u-s-society-survey-finds). At the same time, Latinx are awakening as a political force and, as the US' largest ethnic minority, a powerful one. Yet, largely because of gerrymandering and other voter suppression measures, their political clout doesn't match their numbers. (https://theconversation.com/latinos-can-be-an-electoral-force-in-2020-106444). Another election is coming in just 2 years, so whatever we're doing to support the work of organizations like the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (https://democraticredistricting.com/), the ACLU (https://www.aclu.org/), or even more focused groups like the League of United Latin American Citizens (https://lulac.org/), let's consider redoubling our efforts to empower voters.

6.   A caravan of faith leaders and activists has traveled 1700 miles from Ann Arbor, Michigan to the detention centers in Tornillo Texas.  http://www.michiganradio.org/post/caravan-travel-1700-miles-witness-border-problems If we can’t join them in Texas, we can help by donating to Annunciation House, which is providing food, clothing and other basic needs for refugees on the border.

7.   Now that Democrats are going to control the House, Indivisible has published its new strategies for pushing a progressive agenda—not only by petitioning Congress, but also by pursuing a state strategy. Worth reading whether we’re Indivisible members or not:  https://indivisible.org/

8.   Heads up high school seniors graduating in 2019! Want to make that yearbook quote speak truth to power? "In 2019, graduating students nationwide will use their senior yearbook quote to demand stricter gun policies." States United to Prevent Gun Violence will share all the quotes posted online with Congress: https://www.donateyourquote.com

9.   The party that controls a state at the time of the national census is the party that draws the congressional maps. With the 2020 census nearly upon us, the group Sister District has launched its new “Last Chance Strategy” to gain Democratic power in state legislatures and governors’ offices. The point is to have fair electoral maps so that voters choose their representatives, and not the other way around. Let’s read about Sister District’s Last Chance Strategy and sign up with Sister District so we can help. https://whystatesmatter.sisterdistrict.com/sister-districts-2019-2020-strategy-c48ecb0f9f7b

State Actions

1.    From Postcards for America:  The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It has been enacted into law in 12 states with 172 electoral votes (CA, CT, DC, HI, IL, MA, MD, NJ, NY, RI, VT, WA).  The bill will take effect when enacted by states with 98 more electoral votes.  Let’s see how we can help:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Htz5D-5shJZtdvqDOWe1auGX4lGnhb2I_jD1khuMGJU/edit

Marches/events/webinars/Tweetstorms to attend/organize

1.    If we are interested in Electoral Politics. Movement Technology. Grassroots Organizing. Digital Strategy. Capacity Building, we can check out Roots Camp, where all of these facets of our movement meet.  Held from November 27-December 2 in Baltimore MD, it’s a chance to be a part of an "unconference" where participants design all sessions and leaders from all parts of the movement – organizers, campaigners, data directors, have a dynamic exchange of ideas. This year, they’re looking at how to practice a more inclusive politics and thinking about ways that we can transform our democracy so that our people win and collectively thrive. They’re interested in expanding understandings of what justice looks like for all our people, and equipping our leaders with the skillsets, tools, and frameworks to take this on and thrive. We can learn from one another, dream up new ideas, make lasting connections, and strengthen our networks. The conference aims to be inclusive, and there are several ways to defray the cost of attending. If we would like to find out more, including information about travel stipends, or volunteering in exchange for admission costs, we can check it out here: https://www.wellstone.org/events/rootscamp-2018

2.   January 19, 2019 is the date of the third Women’s March with the main event to be held in Washington, D.C. with sister marches all over the country.  Let’s find more information here:  https://www.womensmarch.com/2019

Reading/Watching

1.    FBI’s new hate crime report captures an America changed by hate - https://religionnews.com/2018/11/13/fbis-new-hate-crime-report-captures-an-america-changed-by-hate/

2.   Trump, stung by midterms and nervous about Mueller, retreats from traditional presidential duties - http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-absent-20181113-story.html

3.   Trump’s tax cut was supposed to change corporate behaviour. Here’s what happened - https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2018/11/13/trumps-tax-cut-was-supposed-to-change-corporate-behavior-heres-what-happened.html





11/14/18 

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1.    Wildfires have been raging in California for several days, and yet it took the president until today to declare a national emergency and send in disaster aid. https://www.cbsnews.com/live-news/california-fires-camp-woolsey-containment-evacuations-death-toll-2018-11-13-live-updates/. Previously, he stated that poor forest management was to blame and that he would not provide federal aid, a remark that was slammed by firefighters who are doing their best to address this catastrophe that has already resulted in the loss of 44 lives. Let’s ask the White House and our MoCs to increase disaster aid by as much as necessary, perhaps by sending the 15,000 troops currently on the U.S-Mexico border, to California, where they are much more needed to truly protect Americans’ safety and security.

2.   This Veteran’s Day weekend, the president claimed there was no need to count votes that were mailed in by active duty service members. https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2018/11/12/trump-is-telling-florida-ignore-military-ballots-happy-veterans-day/?utm_term=.9a2abc965c58. Let’s ask our MoCs to publicly call out the president for dishonoring veterans and trying to subvert our democracy by spreading lies about non-existent voter fraud and publicly calling for mail-in ballots not to be counted.

3.   In yet another show of disrespect for our military, for months, veterans have not been receiving GI benefit payments because of tech glitches. It’s so bad that some are facing homelessness.  https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/veterans-haven-t-receive-gi-bill-benefits-months-due-ongoing-n934696 Let’s tell our MoCs to fix this now.

4.   Just before he left, departing attorney-general Jeff Sessions adopted a policy to limit the Justice Department’s (DOJ) ability to oversee abusive police departments. That same policy could also hamper the department’s role in environmental, voting-rights, and other cases. A former official said. “This memo is just a clear signal to the whole world that these DOJ lawyers have no power, and they won’t be allowed to do anything meaningful." Let's read more at ProPublica. Let's contact the DOJ to ask that they rescind Session's policy memo.

5.   We got our blue wave on Nov. 6, but Trumpsters got harder, meaner, and more fanatical. The federal government, like our country, just got more divided, so gridlock is all but inevitable.   http://time.com/5448815/midterms-2018/  Let’s make sure our senators and reps know that what we want most from them is to 1) block the GOP's unethical legislative agenda, and 2) uncover the truth about the dirty dealings of Trump and his party. Introducing our own bills will be important for defining our progressive identity and showing the nation what we WILL do when we get the chance, but now is not the time to compromise anything in exchange for empty promises of bipartisanship

6.   The “Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace” was signed this week by 51 countries, over 130 companies, and 90 universities and nongovernmental groups; like the Geneva Convention, which prohibits attacks on civilians, the Paris call would prohibit “indiscriminate or systemic harm to individuals and critical infrastructure,” such as shutting down an electric grid.  To no one’s surprise given Trump’s insistence on “nationalism” and consistent rejection of international agreements, the U.S. joined Russia and China in refusing to sign this non-binding international call: https://www.axios.com/cybersecurity-paris-call-for-trust-france-21e434df-8a59-48bc-8cde-cd1c1f43dfd0.html or https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2018/11/12/us-russia-china-refuse-back-french-cybersecurity-initiative/  However vague its wording and difficult its enforcement, any effort to restrain cyberattacks on civilians and digital meddling in elections is one we should join.  Let’s tell Trump!

7.   Perhaps Trump (@realDonaldTrump) and his minions who continue to insist that armed guards will protect schools, temples, and clubs (like the one in Thousand Oaks, CA, where a deputy sheriff died confronting the gunman) from mass shooters should receive many tweets of this opening line from Thursday’s NY Times: “A black security guard at a bar in the Chicago suburbs was killed by the police as he apparently tried to detain a man he believed to be involved in a shooting, the authorities said Monday”: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/12/us/police-officer-shoots-security-guard-chicago.html or https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/11/12/black-security-guard-shot-police-suburban-chicago/1985148002/ 

8.  Noting that they will needlessly miss Thanksgiving with their families, ““Deploying troops to our own border for no national security reason is one of the biggest scandals of this Presidency,” Schatz [D-HI] said in a tweet on Sunday, referring to the deployment being carried out in anticipation of the arrival of several caravans of Central American migrants heading toward the U.S. border.”  https://www.newsweek.com/let-them-go-home-trump-forcing-border-troops-miss-thanksgiving-scandal-1211221  This is an unnecessary show of force.  This is not where our troops are needed.  Let’s tell Trump and our MoCs that not only do these soldiers need to be sent back, but we feel it is a waste of our money to use them in this way.

Election/Voting

1.    In Georgia, Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams is continuing to make sure that every vote is counted in the gubernatorial election:  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/12/us/georgia-governor-election.htmlhttps://staceyabrams.com/count-every-vote/ A federal judge has ordered all provisional ballots be counted. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2018/11/13/georgia-governor-federal-judge-provisional-ballots-brian-kemp-stacey-abrams/1986415002/  Because of the numerous legal issues that voters faced while trying to vote, and the legal cases that are proceeding from the handling of the election, the Abrams campaign is asking for lawyers to offer their assistance. For the lawyers among us, we can add our name and experience here, and the campaign will contact us if/when needed.

2.   Florida Democrats are looking for 15,000 people to help with the election recount. Let’s see if we are able to help and sign up here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfhf_MAIIMw-dWdV_DhUxz5qAN3TGuec1E19AVSFDXW4hRiCQ/viewform

3.   We all thought the midterms are over. But they’re not! “We have two confirmed races from the midterms that are going to a runoff election and they are both really important.”  A)  The Mississippi Senate runoff: November 27, and B) Georgia Secretary of State runoff: December 4.  Political Charge has rounded up all the info we need to volunteer/donate locally or remotely for both campaigns, here:  https://politicalcharge.org/2018/11/11/the-midterms-continue-2-critical-runoff-races/  Let’s make these positions go blue!

4.   A video of Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., who faces a runoff on Nov.27 against African-American Democrat Mike Espy, joking about attending "a public hanging" went viral Sunday as she insisted there was nothing negative about her remark. Let's read more at NBCNews. If we have not yet written 5 postcards to get-out-the-vote for Mike Espy, or if we're looking for a reason to write 5 more, now is a good time. Let's check out Postcards To Voters' Campaign 137: Mike Espy for US Senate. We can also contact Sen. Hyde-Smith with our feedback.

Other Actions

1.    The American Civil Liberties Union wants to know what we'd like from our new Congress! "There's a lot our 116th Congress will have on its plate. To keep up the fight for civil rights and liberties, we'll need your help. Tell us what you envision for our new Congress." Fill out their questionnaire, here; there's also room for narrative comments. It's good to think positive. https://action.aclu.org/webform/tell-us-what-you-want-our-new-congress

2.   Since March of 2017, our friends at Postcards to Voters have continued to grow, enabling grassroots activists across the country to participate in democracy by writing postcards to their fellow voters. With this growth comes added costs to keep the organization running. For those of us with the means, let's consider sending a gift of financial support to Postcards to Voters. We can find more details on the different ways we can donate here

3.   A position paper from the American College of Physicians titled “Reducing Firearm Injuries and Deaths in the United States” was posted in late October by the Annals of Internal Medicine; it recommended  “a public health approach to firearms-related violence” and the “appropriate regulation of the purchase of legal firearms”: 
      http://annals.org/aim/fullarticle/2709820/reducing-firearm-injuries-deaths-united-states-position-paper-from-american  The NRA was apoplectic, first publishing an editorial--https://www.nraila.org/articles/20181102/surprise-physician-group-rehashes-same-tired-gun-control-policies –and then tweeting that “anti-gun” doctors should “stay in their lane”--https://twitter.com/NRA/status/1060256567914909702  Physicians, especially those who treat trauma, have responded with outrage--https://www.npr.org/2018/11/11/666762890/after-nra-mocks-doctors-physicians-reply-this-is-our-lane.  We should too: NRA, 800-672-3888 or 11250 Waples Mill Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030.

4.   Convenience store company 7-Eleven has been battling its store owners for years but now it seems to have found a new tool: U.S. immigration authorities (ICE). We can read more at Bloomberg. We can contact 7-Eleven to express our objections over their actions.

5.   “Multiple people, including Democratic state Sen. Nikema Williams, were arrested Tuesday during a protest at Georgia's Capitol building in Atlanta, where chants of "count every vote" broke out among demonstrators, law enforcement said.”  https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/protesters-demanding-count-every-vote-arrested-georgia-governor-s-race-n935871   The importance of all votes being counted should not be an issue, but in Georgia right now it is.  The group Southerners on New Ground, is seeking bail for these protests and could use our help:  https://database.southernersonnewground.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=16

6.   California’s teacher pension fund is pulling its investments out of two private prison companies that have contracts to house immigrants detained at the Mexican border. The retirement board’s 6-5 vote Wednesday to divest from the companies followed intense activism from teachers and left-leaning organizations that wanted the $229 billion pension fund to dissociate itself from private prisons.  https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/the-state-worker/article221440730.html  If we are teachers, or know any, let’s get the word out that teachers all across the country should be asking their own pension fund managers if they are invested in private’s prisons profiting from the incarceration of immigrates to pull those investments immediately.  Investments choices can wield power for good decisions. 

7.   No doubt family and friend gatherings will be happening again soon as the holidays approach.  Let’s take some time to work on these 14 skills designed to help us through social and political situations:  http://coffeepartyusa.com/2018/11/13/fourteen-skills-to-survive-holiday-seasons-social-and-political-interactions/  Then, let’s remember to carry them into the new year, too.

8.   Being able to discern a fact from an opinion is very beneficial to all of us.  Let’s take this short quiz on telling the difference, then see how we stack up to others on this skill:  http://www.pewresearch.org/quiz/news-statements-quiz/

9.   After the stress and strain of the elections, it’s time for some rest, renewal and recharging.  A)  To start off, we can check out the Facebook group Revolutionary Self Care to find ways to “build sustainable wellbeing practices including physical self-care, [including] building routines, integrating more creativity and play into our days, mindfulness, meaningful connections, gratitude, setting boundaries and much more.” Each day will feature a focus/ challenge and then give us some resources to meet it:  https://www.facebook.com/RevolutionarySelfCare/,  B) We can also explore two seasons of the Self Care Sundays Podcast, founded in 2017 by Aditi Juneja, who states,” we firmly believe self-care is a political act, especially for people of color. We do not believe self-care is a selfish act or a luxury. In fact, we believe it is a necessary part of a healthy, daily routine to navigate competing obligations.” Aditi talks about ways to establish self-care, also interviewing a variety of speakers from underrepresented groups for more ideas and insights:   https://www.selfcaresundayspodcast.com , and C) The SwellCenter, also on Facebook, is a virtual wellness center for change agents with helpful resources and a community of care. We can check it out for ideas and actions. The Center is also looking to grow, so if we are healers, wellness practitioners, life coaches or other such professionals, we are invited to a zoom meeting to collaborate and cross-pollinate. We can send Emily Gonzalez Escalante our email address to connect.  She can be reached at emily@swellcollective.org 

State Actions

Marches/events/webinars/Tweetstorms to attend/organize

1.    While lauding new pro-science representatives elected and initiatives passed on Tuesday, the Union of Concerned Scientists is already planning its next move, a telephone briefing tomorrow, Thursday, November 15 from 7:00–8:00 p.m. ET/4:00–5:00 p.m. PT to propose ways we can defend science and advance science-based safeguards that protect our health, safety, and environment.  To register, go to:  https://secure.ucsusa.org/onlineactions/zP2gqsOXT0CL91pw1J_5dw2 

2.   January 19, 2019 is the date of the third Women’s March with the main event to be held in Washington, D.C. with sister marches all over the country.  Let’s find more information here:  https://www.womensmarch.com/2019

Reading/Watching

1.    Last week. the US elected nine new scientists to Congress, including an ocean expert, a nurse, and a biochemist. We can read about each of them at Business Insider. Let's make a note of who these legislators are, especially if they represent our own districts. We can reach out to these legislators as science and environmental bills make their way through Congress.

2.   “I See Him as a Modern-Day Pablo Escobar”:  Inside Bill Browder’s War Against Putin - https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/11/bill-browder-war-against-putin

3.   In Michigan, the Best Candidates Just Happened to Be Women - https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/12/opinion/election-michigan-women-stabenow-whitmer.html