Friends, I am getting bogged down trying to read absolutely everything that comes across my plate. My outrage is stretched in every direction, and I'm feeling burnt at the edges. I've come up with a plan: after reading five political articles, I'm going to try and read something not political. Something that lets my blood pressure return to normal, or lets me go back to being my non-ragey self for a moment.
1. I found this great article on what we can do with what we have, and how to acknowledge our limitations: A Nervous Wreck's Disabled Guide to Stepping Up.
2. I love travel guide Rick Steves. He's not afraid to express his opinion, or to fund raise for organizations, or work to share different cultures with his viewers. He's currently letting people stream his Iran episode for free (link in his post here - I encourage you to read the whole post and watch the episode).
4. Tech leaders in Chicago sounded off on the immigration ban, and they are not mincing words. I've written to the leaders of my company to ask that they make a strong stand against the ban as well
5. Bills on gun silencers are making their way through state legislatures. In Illinois, we overwhelmed our reps with calls and got the hearing on legalizing silencers cancelled. I'm sure the fight isn't over, but I recommend checking the upcoming bills in your state legislatures and calling your local reps if a bill appears (as well as filling out witness slips, if your state allows)
For my not political article, I stumbled on a Buzzfeed list about learning French (which I'm trying to do in my free time), and the listicle made me laugh out loud. I needed that.
Finally, today is an important day is the legislative process. If you've got five minutes and your Senators numbers handy, Betsy DeVos and Jeff Sessions' confirmations are up for votes this morning. Neither is an acceptable person for the roles they have been nominated for, and you may be burnt out from calling, but if you have four more calls in you, please call on this. If their voicemail boxes are full, or no one picks up, please try Twitter or emails. Get your voice out there in whatever way possible.
Make your calls, read up, be informed, and stay safe.