Fabulous women don’t need me, or anyone else, to dictate to them what to think about the Midterm Election;
you were building households, families, neighborhoods, communities, businesses, non-profits, and …well, worlds, my friends– worlds! before last Tuesday…
and I heard a lot of great ideas last week. Got to listen in to some amazing conversations. And WOW–does Nashville ever have some fabulous men, too–
but with respect, honey, before we pick the remote back up, change the channel, and return to our To Do Lists and necessities…
here are some action items that you, my friend, can choose from (and add to in the comments, please and thank you), for your ownself:
1. Work on voter registration
2. Learn more about the needs of women in rural areas, and how to respectfully support them.
4. Tell stories; from how you got your education and experience to what it feels like to walk down your street to how you take care of your health and well-being.
5. Find out who your elected officials are, and write them a letter. Here’s a nice PDF sample version, if you aren’t a writer. It’s from the good librarians at The American Library Association (where a lot of great, free, things happen for young people in disadvantaged urban and rural areas every day).
6. Repeal Amendment 1 Petition. Will it be effective? I do not know. Does it make me feel better that over 12k people have signed it–you betcha!
7. Teach our daughters they own their own bodies.
8. Sign up for AWAKE’s email list, and support their work on behalf of all TN women and children. Did you know how common violence against women is in TN?!?
9. Teach our children to call it what it is. Yes, I wish this was not necessary, but sexual abuse happens to 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys in the U.S. each year.
10. Give time to young women in TN, in Nashville, in your community, and/or in your neighborhood. It doesn’t have to be formal. Listening means a lot.
11. Pay attention to the TN judiciary. There are 3 branches of government, and politics is certainly a shell game with an ever-moving pea.
12. Offer to help in voter drives on campuses
13. Advocate for plain language in governance
14. Draw cartoons about TN’s dichotomies. Or look at Clay Bennett’s. Or make photographs, paintings, poems…
15. Find out more about TN women political candidates.
16. Choose a local candidate to support, now. I’ve chosen Nancy VanReece, who is asking for pledges of volunteer time and not just cash, and a better future for District 8 and Nashville.
17. Do your due diligence on all candidates: Project Vote Smart is one resource.
18. Be a savvy consumer. (Open Secrets searchable records for public corporate campaign finance.)
19. Be a savvy giver. (Giving Matters Tips on non-profit due diligence.)
We aren’t alone, my fabulous friends, and we are not powerless.