Notes from the Resistance: January 29-February 4, 2017

You may not know this, but I'm naturally an introvert. I live in sweatpants, actually need quiet time in order to be a nice person, and actually prefer talking to people on Twitter than on the phone. In fact, I hate talking on the phone. Either it's riddled with dreadful small talk or it's just nerve-wracking. I don't know why, but I always feel like I'm going to be quizzed on something I haven't thought about since high school every time I talk to someone on the phone.

"Quick, explain quantum physics!"

Cuz you know, that's what happens on the phone...

So, I avoid it as much as possible. Thankfully, I have mostly been able to get away with it. I'm a writer, a yoga instructor, and a dog-sitter. I either talk to people through emails or in person.

But, things changed two weeks ago. Well, things changed back in November...even before that, if we want to be technical. But the crisis set in once Trump was elected. We cried and grieved. Mourned. Threw things. Got angry. We took to the streets...and we're staying in the streets. Literally and metaphorically.

This is an all-hands-on-deck kind of situation.

So many of us don't know what to do. The Women's March on Washington was quite honestly the largest protest in United States history. I've never seen so many people. At times, you couldn't move. You could barely breathe there was so much energy and there were so many people crammed into that space.

I was there and my notes on the event are still being formulated. So, look forward to hearing about that! It's hard to put into words what happened that day. It was so much more than a protest. It was a call to action. A Divine call.

People in the spiritual community are often obsessed with being positive. We breathe. We meditate. We love everyone. But, you can disagree with someone and still love them.

Martin Luther King Jr. said "God told me to love my enemies. But I don't have to like them."
We're resisting with love.

Honestly, one of the best ways you can show your love is to say No. Maybe even Hell No.

So, welcome to Notes from the Resistance, a new series on the blog that'll show you what I'm doing every week to resist...and to fix the problems we're currently facing.

What I Did:

I picked up the phone.

I'm shocked, too.

With my dog staring at me like I was crazy, I dialed that long-ass number to express my hopes and fears for the country...or at least Trump's cabinet and rep choices.

Though, it didn't involve anywhere near as much as I thought it would...I think I was on the phone for one minute.

So...don't be too alarmed...I'm going to ask you to start making calls, too. But, don't worry. I've got it all laid out for you:

Important Announcement: The Homeland Security Committee is taking calls about whether or not to install Steve Bannon to the National Security Council. You can call now. In fact, please call now.

Here's the number: 202-612-4751

Don't know who Bannon is? Don't understand why he's not only unqualified but also dangerous for the position on the National Security Council? READ THIS. Cliff-notes: He's a neo-nazi with no military experience.

What I Said:

It was way easier than I thought it was going to be. In fact, I didn't even have to talk to anyone. You just leave a message.

Here's an example of what to say, "Hi, my name is Stacy Porter. I'm a voter in Everett, PA (zip code). I don't need a response. I'm calling to tell you I strongly oppose Steven Bannon's installation on the Homeland Security Council. Thank you for working hard answering phone calls. Goodbye."

I'll break each part down, though, so you know why it's all important...

Name, city, state, and zip code are all important so they can validate your identity. This is especially important when you're calling your senators, congresspeople, and representatives because the only calls that count for them are from people in their districts!

I don't need a response...that means I don't need them to call me back. 

And they don't need to because I gave them the reason I'm calling.

Keep it short and sweet. Most of the time, staffers don't need to hear WHY you oppose or support something. They just make a note of it...tally how many people are for or against things so they can give the rep the numbers.

And, it never hurts to be polite! Staffers have the worst job on the hill because they're the ones standing between us and our representative. Being nice will only help your cause!

I hope you'll consider calling and voicing your opinions. It matters now more than ever that we take our responsibilities as citizens seriously. We need your voice.

What I Watched:

Dream On by John Fugelsang

I've seen a lot of poverty. I've traveled along the smiling coast of Africa, meeting truly beautiful souls who were gracious, intelligent, driven, and caring...and also lived without electricity in their homes. It breaks my heart that there are people experiencing that kind of lack...that kind of fear anywhere in the world in the 21st century. But, the whole world is struggling to eat, to sleep, to have a roof over their head, to afford healthy foods, to be educated, to having clean running water. The list goes on and on.

John Fugelsang manages to approach these situations with a dark sense of humor...making you laugh and cry in the same sentence as the deep truths of his experience grip your heart.

I encourage you to watch it. Here's a link to the PBS page.

Sister Giant

After the Women's March on Washington, everyone seemed to be asking, "Now what?" Sister Giant...a conference bringing together politics and spirituality, run by Marianne Williamson, answers that question.

Lisa Bloom, Michael Weiss, Myron Dewey, Cenk Uygur, John Fugelsang, Josh Fox, Zephyr Teachout, Reverend Dr. Barber, Pramila Jayapal, Opal Tometi, and so many others shared their wisdom, experience, passion, and advice.

We talked about environmental issues, Standing Rock, Black Lives Matter, the importance of the open seat in the Supreme Court, and our place in the resistance.

Trump's people have actually said that they're waiting for us to get tired. They're expecting us to get tired...fed up, frustrated...they want us to throw in the towel, get bored, or just give up.

But we will not give up. We have RISEN. We are standing. We are marching. And we're not going to sit back down.

Together, we cannot fail.

Head on over to my Twitter...I live-tweeted the whole conference, sharing the juicy deep truths of the amazing speakers.

That's it for now. Every action is necessary and appreciated. Miracles happen when we act with conviction. You don't need to be passionate about the same things as me, but Democracy only works when everyone is involved. Citizens. Not just officials. We need to remind them that we're the boss...that our voices matter. They are speaking for us. So we need to hold them accountable to their words...with our actions.

What are you doing to make American KIND again?

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