Your Activist Checklist: Week of May 14th

May 14 Edition: Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience 

(Use this backup document if you have an error message or printing problems).

You’re making a difference. Although it may feel like you’re shouting into a vortex, your voice is helping elected leaders understand what you believe in. This, in turn, affects their policies and actions. I know it’s slow going. We’re exactly six months from the election, and change feels glacial.

But it’s working. For example, no Senator will pass the healthcare bill in its current form because they understand Americans like having healthcare. Not access. Actual care. This is happening as a direct result of you speaking up. Like that scene in Finding Nemo–“Swim down! Swim down!”–all of us working together creates change.

Take good care of you. If you’re like me, you’re following the Comey firing fallout like an addict. Your heart rate goes up with every bit of “breaking!” news. Some part of you knows this isn’t healthy, and it’s important to listen to that wisdom.

When your nervous system is ramped up, it makes you less resourceful, less kind, and less hopeful. With so much going on, it might seem counter-intuitive to step away from media and activism, but caring for yourself has never been more important. Taking occasional breaks will help sustain your well-being no matter what’s in the news.

Can you commit to doing one restful, good-for-you thing this week?

A heart project. Even though this checklist gives you clear actions to respond meaningfully to the news, you’re not a robot making calls and writing postcards. Activism is emotional and can be tiring. Helping you stay well on this journey matters to me. Our movement can’t afford for you to burn out.

Because of this, I’m exploring writing a handbook for the activist’s soul. Its purpose would be to help you take a deep breath, find hope and courage, and commit to the journey indefinitely and sustainably.

If you’d like to learn more about this project, sign up here for more details.

Just learned about my weekly action checklist? Welcome! Sign up here: Click to receive the Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience.

Be well and take good care of yourself! Ready? Here we go!

All the extra stuff:  If you have a question, here’s my FAQ page (newly updated). If you have an action to suggest, here’s the handy form.

See past checklists at the bottom of this page.

This activist info is from Jennifer Hofmann’s activist guide and resource page.

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