Friends, this week has been more than a little frustrating, with Jeff Sessions and Betsy DeVos being confirmed and the DAPL given the go-ahead. Here's where we can put our efforts next:
Since the election, Run for Something has been flooded with people who want to run for office for the first - over 4,300 people have signed up to take those first steps. They are looking for volunteers to speak with potential candidates right now, and even if you don't have any campaign experience (like me!), you can sign up for training conference calls to see if that is something you would like to do. If chatting with candidates isn't your thing, you can also donate to sponsor these campaigns. You can also sign up to run for something if that is what you want to do!
If you are a fiber artist or quilter, Threads of Resistance is looking for you. If you've never made a quilt before, but one of the proposed themes speaks to you, go for it - now is the time to give it a try. This will be "a juried exhibition of work created to protest the Trump administration's actions and policies." (Many thanks to Nettie for the tip!)
The Illinois Senate is currently discussing a bill that would require general election presidential and vice-presidential candidates to disclose at least five years of federal tax returns before being allowed to appear on the ballot. New York, Massachusetts, California, and Maine all have similar bills pending right now, as well as several other states. If this is an initiative you agree with, I recommend calling your state senator and stating your support. If your state has not yet proposed a similar bill, ask your state senator if the plan to introduce such a bill in the upcoming weeks.
Standing Rock and Native Nations are marching on Washington, DC on March 10, 2017. Details can be found here.
And for something not political:
I've been listening to many StoryCorps stories lately, and this one warmed my heart (and made me laugh out loud). If you have two minutes, I recommend giving it a listen.
Ok, off to finish cleaning the apartment as I am hosting a huddle tonight! I'm very excited and nervous at the same time. Fingers crossed that things go well!