Remember when water bottles and travel mugs were weird anomalies? When you had to clip your cup to your rucksack with a carabiner and then ask for special permission to fill it from the soda fountain?
Now even briefcases come with mesh pockets for portable hydration. Monday through Friday in every office in America, a rainbow of screw-top coffee mugs and metal-glass-plastic reusable water bottles clutters every working surface.
Far better than cluttering landfills, yes?
So what’s stopping us from doing the same with our food containers?
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It’s old school. It’s unsexy.
It takes under five minutes.
And it’s effective.
Use this call sheet as a script to make a call to your representatives on issues of concern. Adapt it as you see fit.
Notice that the call sheet has tabs across the top. In addition to scripts, you’ll see lists of representatives and other tips. This sheet is merely a template created in the first week after the election. As events unfold, the language and issues will change.
I’m embarrassed to admit that for all decades of armchair commentary — indeed, I still consider myself “radical” despite my unexceptional suburban existence — I haven’t actually picked up the phone to talk to my senators or representatives in a lifetime and a half.
Yesterday, I made the calls. The action was straightforward and very simple. It took no more time a walk down the hall to fill up my water bottle, and arguably went much further to quench my thirst.
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Find out who represents you in the US Senate and House of Representatives as well as in your state legislature. It’s easy to look them up with the Find your Elected Officials tool created by Common Cause and the Sunlight Foundation.
Make note of who your representatives are. Take a few moments to find out how they have voted on immigration, education, reproductive rights, environmental policy, health care, protection of marginalized groups, and other critical issues.
Most importantly, make note of their addresses and phone numbers. Bookmark them in your browser and program them into your phone. The only way they’ll be responsive to us is if we start putting our concerns in front of them.
Image: Library of Congress
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Are you willing to use the power you have in the service of what you say you believe?
We’d scheduled a White House tour for the morning after the election. My 10-year-old son was already excused from school for the day. Through the night, the red stain bleeding across the map tangled me into a knot of sleepless apprehension. It drew tighter every time I reached for the phone to pull up CNN. As the unreality of our new president crystallized into fact, fear of what will happen to our nation, to my neighbors and our shared home — and the uncertainty about how to be a mother through it all — metastasized from compulsion to obsession.
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The suffragette whites hung at the foot of the bed. In the jacket pocket, I’d tucked a gold wedding band belonging to one grandmother and a pair of gold earrings from the other — the last Christmas gift she gave me before she died. Both of these women were born before the ratification of the 19th Amendment.
In their lifetime, my grandmothers earned the right to vote. Even so, they didn’t have a chance to see a woman run for president. One probably wouldn’t have marked Hillary’s name. The other — a little blue dot in bright red Texas — would have. I wanted them both with me on election day 2016. Continue Reading »
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