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What We Can Do Anyway?
Take Small Daily Actions
Regularly contact your congress people and policy makers and urge them to support democracy, the environment and social justice worldwide. Here are tools to help you:
- Write a letter to the editor of the The Daily Olympian or the Seattle Times
- Use Facebook’s new “Town Hall” feature, which makes it easy to contact your local, state and federal officials. (For more visit http://www.thebeststuffonline.net/this-new-feature-might-be-the-best-thing-facebook-has-ever-done/)
- Contact your Senators and Representative at the state and federal levels
- Sign up with Your Daily Action Alerts at https://dailyaction.org/ or visit them on Facebook to receive daily alerts with a quick contact link for congress people and policy makers and background on a current issue.
- Install the “5 Calls” app on your phone or visit them on Facebook to help you make 5 calls a week. They give contact info, background on issues and suggested scripts for calling your congress people and policy makers. Phone calls and faxes are more effective than emails and letters because our congress people often use them in tallies to prioritize issues.
- Use ResistBot to send faxes to Congress from your mobile device. Send a TEXT to the number 50409 containing the one word “resist”. The bot will text you back with instructions to help you compose your fax. If ResistBot doesn’t suggest a topic for you, you might borrow info from Daily Action and 5 Calls to compose your fax. While phone lines get jammed and are only available during work hours, faxes can be sent anytime.
- Partner with a friend to share letters.
Direct Your Money
- Boycott Trump family products: Grab Your Wallet tracks companies that carry Trump family products in an on-going boycott, including companies that are OK to shop and companies that have been dropped from the boycott list.
Attend Your Congress People’s Town Halls
- Denny Heck posts his town halls on his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/search/events/?q=denny%20heck
Get Involved in Political Campaigns
- Our Revolution Puget Sound, https://www.facebook.com/OurRevolutionPugetSound/
- Our Revolution, https://www.ourrevolution.com/
- Thurston County Democrats, http://www.thurstondemocrats.org/
- The Green Party of Washington, https://greenpartywashington.org/
- Visit the EnergySaver page on Energy.Gov for many ideas on saving energy in your daily life, including resources on incentives and financing.
- For actions and information, visit Interfaith Power and Light: The mission of Interfaith Power & Light is to be faithful stewards of Creation by responding to global warming through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.
Shop with the Earth and Ocean in Mind
- Before buying seafood, use the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s app Seafood Watch to help you make a sustainable choice.
Support Environmental Organizations
- Help prevent the Puget Sound from going the way of Valdez, AK or Louisiana’s polluted land and waterways by supporting Stand Up to Oil and Salish Sea StandsAgainst Kinder Morgan
- Visit the websites of the local environmental organizations on our Allies page, http://ssbpf.net/allies.html
- Olympia Indivisible has an extensive list of Allies,
Take Care of Yourself
Our goal is to be mindful and self-compassionate in daily life. This means (1) know when you are under stress or suffering (mindfulness) and (2) to respond with care and kindness (self-compassion). The simplest approach is to discover how you already care for yourself, and then remind yourself to do those things when your life becomes difficult.
How do you care for yourself physically? (e.g. exercise, massage, warm bath, cup of tea)?
Can you think of new ways to release the tension and stress that builds up in your body?
- Mentally – reduce agitation
How do you care for your mind, especially when you are under stress (e.g. meditation, watch a funny movie, read an inspiring book)?
Is there a new strategy you’d like to try to let your thoughts come and go more easily?
- Emotionally – soothe and comfort yourself
How do you care for yourself emotionally (pet the dog, journal, cook)?
Is there something new you’d like to try?
- Relationally – connect with others
How or when do you relate to others that brings you genuine happiness (e.g. meet with friends, send a birthday card, play a game)?
Is there any way that you’d like to enrich these connections?
- Spiritually – commit to your values
What do you do to care for yourself spiritually (pray, walk in the woods, help others)?
If you’ve been neglecting your spirutal side, is there anything you’d like to remember to do?