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THREAD: This week 1 of my followers who is a Dem from a red state emailed me. I don’t know her, but she is feeling discouraged & nauseated by the state of politics right now. She is a single mom who works full-time. Rather than accept the feeling of powerlessness, she asked me /1
To help her find a way to get involved in Dem politics as a single working mom. Besides being honored that she reached out to me to ask for help on how to help, I am so impressed with her resilience & commitment to make an impact. As we all know by now, their goal is to /2
Overwhelm us with horrible acts & words, to exhaust us, to make us look away so that they can keep doing more, unchecked. To me, that means we have to take time off, hug our families, engage in self-care, but keep fighting. We MUST call our representatives even & especially if /3
Our representatives are Republicans. We DON’T have to make their jobs easy. We CAN keep them focused on what we are mad about & control that conversation. We have to march, post online & keep up the conversations in front of our friends & families who may differ politically. /4
We also have to balance the fight with positive concrete action, to stay healthy & in fighting shape. We can make donations (even $5) to candidates or causes we support. We can volunteer in our communities for people who need support (act locally); we can volunteer for local /5
Candidates. Local elections, as we have learned, are incredibly important. Work on one! We can phone bank for local & nat’l candidates from home. We can get knowledgeable about candidates we like & become experts & ambassadors for them (or mom-bassadors) down the road. We can /6
We can find online communities of like-minded Dems and see if we can find like-minded groups on the ground near us if we live in red areas. We can post on social media so that our ideals are shared. We can put bumper stickers on our cars & signs in our yards. These are small /7
Actions to take that will make you feel less powerless, less hopeless, & like you are doing something. 2 of my fave nat’l organizations for activism are @MomsDemand for gun sense work & @WeTheAction for lawyers. There is so much to do, & we all can do more. Pls stay engaged! END
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