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What can we do today?

How can I help? This is a question, or a concern, we are now hearing from all walks of life.

Every day there will be several easy steps we can all take to make lasting change and secure a peaceful future. We will post them here. We promise to do each step every day, and we only ask that you pick at least one too. We promise to give enough of them that at least one every day will be doable no matter your circumstances.

We want no money, no credit, no message other than to share and help. We don’t want you to sign up for anything with which we are personally affiliated. We are saving no information. We are not going to ask you for anything political, just give you ideas to help your neighbors. Just read and pass along if you agree.

Love can win, but only if we make purposeful action to ensure its message every day.

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January 10, 2017

January 10, 2017 – being Prepared

  1. This is the most insanely comprehensive emergency first aid PDF (jellyfish? Yes!). Download it, maybe print it and make a binder for your house. http://www.ifrc.org/Global/Publications/Health/First-Aid-2016-Guidelines_EN.pdf
  2. Stop waiting until the last minute to fill medications for yourself or someone in your family. Never let your supply drop below 7 days.
  3. Locate your designated public shelter. There is one out there for extreme weather events or disasters. Figure out where it is while nothing is going on. If you lose power in your home while it’s freezing, or any other serious emergency, go there.

Stay safe out there!

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January 9, 2017

January 9, 2017 – Civil Rights

  1. The ADL has put together a great list of things youths can do to engage in equality: http://www.adl.org/education-outreach/curriculum-resources/c/10-ways-youth-can-engage-in.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/#.WHAdIlUrKUk
  2. Where we are and where we start has a lot to do with where we end up. Know a skeptic about that subject? Here is a source article to begin discussion: http://jointcenter.org/sites/default/files/Place%20Matters%20Community%20Reports%20Summary.pdf
  3. Discover the short form of the history of civil rights here in the USA so that you can educate others: http://civilrights.findlaw.com/civil-rights-overview/civil-rights-law-and-history.html

Stay safe out there!

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January 8, 2017

January 8, 2017 – Self-Care

  1. Spend five minutes doing one of the following:
    1. Meditate
    2. Read something positive
    3. Draw
    4. Stretch
    5. Sit in perfect silence and relax (similar to meditation, but less training required)
  2. Take some time today to evaluate the care you are giving yourself. Are there a couple of really unhealthy habits you can cut down on? Make a plan to make that happen.
  3. Say no to something today. This sounds easy, but we know it’s not. If you really don’t want to go do something or be dragged into something. Say no and take care of yourself. It’s OK to do that once and awhile!

Stay safe out there!

 

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January 7, 2017

Thank you for your patience! We are changing formats a little bit to encourage sustainability here. Each day will have three ideas and those will be presented as an overall theme. The goal will be to have ideas that target at a range of walks of life. Let us know if you have any feedback or you feel there are not enough things available for you to do.

January 7, 2017 – Poverty

  1. Visit a local shelter and meet a family first hand. Talk to them about their story if they are willing to share it with you.
  2. Do you work in an IT field? Check out this application developed for Pittsburgh: https://www.bigburgh.com/app.html#/who Would your employer consider something like this as part of their charity program?
  3. Seniors are a rapidly growing population of people in poverty. If you have a senior in your life, walk them through this resource finder and explanation of benefits: https://www.ncoa.org/economic-security/benefits/ Do it with them.

Stay safe out there!

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January 3, 2017

January 3, 2017

  1. There are several very large marches and demonstrations coming up. If you are in or near those areas you should know your rights during an encounter with law enforcement. https://www.nlg.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/kyrpamphlet-Eng-May-2015-FINAL.pdf
  2. This one is helpful as well for organizers. The book is aimed at Animal Rights but the content works for anyone who may be subject to some measure of scrutiny. https://www.nlg.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/OperationBackfire.pdf
  3. Immigrants are given a short list of rights and duties of citizens of the USA. Do you know what’s on it? If you have someone in your life who can use some education on the process of immigration and training to be a US citizen, direct them here: https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/learners/citizenship-rights-and-responsibilities (Also, check out the link to the Citizen’s Almanac in the side bar and ponder why we don’t all get this.)
  4. Express yourself to someone today. Don’t start a fight, but many of us harbor slow growing irritants that ultimately bubble out of control. Let that go today with one person for better or worse. We need to not be bogged down by that stuff right now.
  5. The hunger site. Yes, again. Click: http://thehungersite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/ths/home

Stay safe out there!

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January 2, 2017

January 2, 2017

We harp a lot on environmental stuff and that’s going to continue this year. We can come back from a lot of things as a species, but some things are permanent and devastating. So let’s learn:

1. Read. http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/ If you read this whole thing and still think it’s all made up, post here and let’s chat about it.

2. We looked at your home, now check your office. https://www.epa.gov/climatechange/what-you-can-do-office

3. In case you haven’t heard, we are going to see reprocussions even if we stop admitting all greenhouse gasses today. Safety first: http://mil.wa.gov/preparedness

4. Help people understand. Please! http://grist.org/series/skeptics/

5. Get some fresh air today. However that works for you, go for it.

Stay safe out there!

 

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December 31, 2016

December 31, 2016

(apologies for being late from the mouthpiece)

1. If you go out tonight and there are intoxicants involved, pre-arrange Uber or a designated driver. If you are stone cold sober, drive defensive and alert anyways. We want you all here next year. 🙂

2. When the countdown has ended, and you are making a New Year’s resolution, make one for the next four weeks. Don’t set a lofty unkeepable goal for the whole year, but do plan on what you can reasonably do for the next four weeks and then we’ll talk about it again in February.

3.  If you are out with family and friends this evening, take time to discuss what your goals are and find out if you can help with their goals. Stay connected.

4. Take quiet time to reflect on what’s happened this year before the countdown. Try to find both positives and negatives. We need to accept the balance of these events in our lives.

5.  Make sure you gotten all of your donations done before midnight. Everything before tomorrow counts as a tax break for this last year.

Stay safe out there and Happy New Year!!

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December 30, 2016

December 30, 2016

1. Visit the hunger site and click. Yes, we are going to keep reminding on stuff this easy to do. http://thehungersite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/ths/home

2. Learn how to disrupt racism. http://www.racialjusticenetwork.co.uk/5-ways-to-disrupt-racism/ (a video!)

3. Check out things you can do this weekend in your home to improve efficiency. Do a walk through. You can do something and simple as change to LED bulbs, but do one thing.

4. Explore the civics games we posted yesterday with your kids. (We nag because it’s important.)

5. Eat well tonight. Healthy food and a full meal. You need energy for the new year!

Stay safe out there!

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December 29, 2016

December 29, 2016

We all have passionate feelings about our political and personal beliefs on how we should be governed. Today is about learning how to support (or not) those ideas.

  1. Understand what limitations, if any, are placed on Congress by our Constitution. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necessary_and_Proper_Clause
  2. Understand what limitations, if any, are placed on the President by our Constitution. (This one is a long one, but you should read it. You can parse it out a bit as needed.) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Article_Two_of_the_United_States_Constitution
  3. Teach every young mind you can about this stuff. Here is a way to make it fun: https://www.icivics.org/
  4. Each state has their own constitution too. We suggest you find it any learn more about it. It’s often why there is a disparity to the news about politics you hear, and the results you feel in your life.
  5. If you are not interested in any of the above, find something that does interest you about the way you are governed, and take it upon yourself to learn more about it.

Stay safe out there!

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December 28, 2016

December 28, 2016

  1. The Sierra Club is having all donations matched today up to $150,000. If you haven’t adopted them yet (or you can spare the coffee money today), now is a good time. http://www.sierraclub.org/
  2. Speaking of donations, think about donating to your local library system before the end of the year . Many of them rely on public donations for large portions of their programs for children and families and all donations are tax deductible.
  3. Speaking of library donations, many of them also take gently used books, CDs, and DVDs. Anything they don’t use, they resell and proceeds go to the above programs. Got some to clear out of your closet? Share knowledge. (here is an example: http://www.kingscountylibrary.org/book-donations)
  4. If it’s a work day, spend at least one ten minute break outside and moving. If it’s a day off, go longer.
  5. We found nonviolent communication in easy digestible steps. Learn the basics and then do further research. We need to figure out how to talk to opposing sides without total meltdowns. http://www.wikihow.com/Practice-Nonviolent-Communication

Stay safe out there!

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