POSTED: January 18, 2017
Just One Bite at a Time, Part 3
What to do now.
Your ideas and goals for responding to changes in the U.S. government.


2: Small Daily Actions & Things You Can Do Right Now
Simple daily actions can add up and have a big impact! We aren't made up of the choices we made one day 10 years ago. We're made up of the choices we make every day. Along with your suggestions, we have added comments that we hope you'll find helpful and encouraging.

The first idea is a great example of making a move from "Expanding How You Think" to taking action. It can be as simple as sharing your thoughts with others to give them the opportunity to change their thought patterns on the subject!

⇒ Something I started doing: When I talk to someone from other parts of the country to place an order or do business, I ask about their weather and everyone is having weirdo weather. We commiserate and then I say, "No one could tell me we aren't having a climate change!" It gets silent for a second and then they totally agree!

⇒ Here are two organizations that are working to create change in the areas so many of us are concerned about.

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)
Their primary goals are simple, clear and strong — to fight hate, teach tolerance and seek justice. If you're an educator, SPLC provides excellent materials for teaching tolerance.

Project on Government Oversight (POGO)
Founded in 1981, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that champions good government reforms. POGO's investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government. If you have time to write and call your representative, POGO offers quick links and information on a variety of issues. You can sign up for their newsletter and receive email with simple actions you can take to address the issues that are important to you.

⇒ I'm sharing links to "Not In Our Town" — a movement to stop hate, address bullying, and build safe, inclusive communities for all. Not In Our Town films, new media, and organizing tools help local leaders build vibrant, diverse cities and towns, where everyone can participate. Go to: Not In Our Town: Working together for safe, inclusive communities. ( or start by watching this video: Not In Our Town: Billings, Montana.

⇒ I emailed a local organizer for Our Revolution, a group for Bernie Sanders' supporters, letting her know what I could offer in the way of skills and time. I won't go to meetings right now, but if they call on me for the things I know I can contribute, I'm there foursquare.

⇒ I received your "What to do now." message this morning, forwarded from a friend, and I will share it with others when it feels correct to share it, so that those I know who function in this realm will be able to assist.

⇒ If you see someone being harassed because of their race, gender, religion, or political preference, record it with your phone and try to help in anyway that you see is suitable. Get an app on the phone that puts it into the cloud as you record so that it cannot be erased or destroyed.

Video record and post any harassment. If possible, get help identifying the perpetrators and inform their employers. Most corporate employers do not want misogynists and racists in their employ. This is a link to help those who are experiencing verbal harassment: Bystanders Harassment Guide.

⇒ The issue now, it seems to me, is how to wage conflict. The beauty in our current situation is that the many shadows of the American ideal have been brought out of the closet for all to see. We can no longer deny or ignore them. Thank you, Mr. Trump for giving us the opportunity (a kick in the pants, really) to clean house.

The result though? Conflict. In our nation, in our families, in ourselves. Certain voices and perspectives that have not been expressed openly, though present all along, are now being heard. We all must find a way to wage the conflict with the parts of ourselves, our families, our nation that do not fit with our ideals. We must find a way to reconcile these diverse and apparently conflicting views. We are faced with finding a creative way forward. This TED talk link points in a useful direction, I think, especially if it is understood broadly as the speaker suggests: Ted Talk: How Women Wage Conflict Without Violence.

⇒ I absolutely could not understand why the election went as it did. I kept wondering if there were master planners that wanted us to have some sort of experience as a group and planet. If so, what is it? I sat with my own feelings and could not accept this character as a role model for our country and children. So, I asked if there was really anything I could find, do, or think that would help me through this. I went to and signed a petition [regarding the electoral college vote]. I asked if there was anything else I could do right now. No new thoughts came, so I merely started passing the above on and hope you will pass it on to.

⇒ Encourage any lawyers we know to become involved with anything from small civil cases to larger cases involving Constitutional law. There are no checks and balances if all branches of government at the US and state level are controlled by the opposition- executive, senate, representative, and courts. Gerrymandering has insured this in many states. We need to take our cause to the courts and quickly.

⇒ Encourage young people to become lawyers. We need to fight battles along legal avenues. I see so many young people who are politically active, but don't have the background to further their cause. With about 103 empty federal judge positions with most Obama nominees never having been approved, there is a backlog of cases to be heard. But if in the future, we can fill those seats with these young people, I see some hope.

⇒ Sign up for the social media accounts of the ACLU, SPLC, and any other progressive organizations. They frequently have calls to action.

⇒ Email, call, and contact all your government and state representatives FREQUENTLY on pending legislation that you do not agree with. Even if your congressman is voting or acting in a way you like, they need to know how you feel.

The internet has made it easier than ever to track the activities and votes of your senators and representative in Congress. Here are two great places to sign up for email alerts to track specific members of congress or specific legislation:
    • Members of Congress
    • GovTrack.US tracks the United States Congress and helps Americans understand what is going on in their national legislature. This site "goes beyond the official record with statistical analyses, bill summaries, and other tools to put information in context. GovTrack was the first to create open data about Congress" and "has successfully lobbied Congress to make more and better legislative information available to the public."

⇒ Sign up for the social media accounts of top progressives such as Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, John Lewis, Bernie Sanders, Michael Moore, and countless celebrities. Act on their calls to actions even if it is with a "like". They need to know that you stand with them!

⇒ Engage in personal conversations with some of the opposition. You aren't going to change people, especially those whose amygdalas are on fire. (The amygdala is the part of the brain that controls fear.) But you might be able to change their behavior. For example, someone I know was telling celebrity American citizens to get out of the country and I countered that they were valuable to the U.S. economy and her behavior was contributing to the current strife. Perhaps we could work together on items that we all care about.

⇒ Do your Perelandra Energy Cleansings and Battle Energy Releases. Balancing the energy of an environment does wonders!

⇒ Choose your battles. You can't be involved with the dismantling of the FDA, the education department, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, environmental issues, civil rights, fair trade agreements, and, and, and . . . What do you know a lot about or are impassioned about? For example, I've been involved with telecom since 1986 and will fight to keep the internet open.

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Expanding How You Think & Changing Your Approach
For those who want to start by changing your own thought patterns in order to move yourself in the direction of taking positive action, here are suggestions some of you made.
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Long-Term Goals & Big Ideas To Inspire You
Many of these are really fantastic ideas. But ideas need someone to take action. We hope you'll read through them and be inspired. If something here lights a fire in you, connect with the leylines and think about what you would do to make this happen, think about what you would put into action to take the first step.
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Add to the conversation!
This is an ongoing project. We welcome your responses and additional ideas. And we would certainly enjoy hearing of your successes along the way! (But we may not be able to respond to each email personally.)

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"Just One Bite at a Time" Series from the Question Hot Line Duo:
What to do now. Part 1 »
What to do now. Part 2 »
What to do now. Part 3 »
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