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On the day after the 2016 Presidential election, I vowed to take action against Donald Trump’s destructive agenda, every single day that he was in office. Friends were curious what actions I was taking and asked me to email them. They told their friends, who told their friends. . . building a group of over 300 resisters, all over the country.

I continued these actions until President Biden was elected in January of 2021, then decreased the frequency to twice a week, then weekly, until I took a much needed break. When the draft of a decision written by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito showing the court intends to strike down Roe v. Wade was leaked to the public on May 2nd, 2022, I had to come out of retirement.

We are tired. The last four and half years were politically, mentally, and emotionally exhausting. But the past actions of the Trump administration and the Republicans’ continuing actions are just beginning to take effect. We must regroup and use our collective energy to fight for women’s rights, a ban on assault weapons, and for equality in all aspects of life for Black and Brown, Asian, and LGBTQ communities.

So I will post a weekly call to action. If you would like to receive these action alerts, please sign up.

We have power. Let’s use it together.

JUNE 15, 2022

Good morning! Many of my past resources have retired from political resistance so I am always on the lookout for individuals/groups who are promoting actions that can make an impact. I recently discovered a group that is focusing on voter registration and...

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JUNE 8, 2022

Good morning! With state restrictions on access to abortion clinics, many women will have to go to another state to get an abortion. But most women don’t have the funds for this. The following organizations offer financial support. You can spread awareness of their...

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What We Inherit by Jessica Pearce Rotondi

Jessica Pearce Rotondi has written a suspenseful and intriguing memoir, “What We Inherit” that centers on the life of someone she never met. Combining her investigative skills and vivid writing we are taken into the prison camp her grandfather survived in...

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MAY 26, 2022

Good morning,  I apologize for the wrong date on yesterday’s message – it should have been May 25, a day we will long remember for all the wrong reasons. If you want to contribute to gun safety organizations here is a good list: The Giffords Law Center to...

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MAY 25, 2022

Good morning,  There are no more words of comfort, no more thoughts to send, no more prayers to whisper. Do whatever brings you peace but hold onto the anger, nurture the rage, remember the devastation, save the determination to save ourselves and our country from...

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Keeping Planes in the Air by Lori Desrosiers

Lori Desrosiers has captured the essence of being a mother in the poem that is also the title of her book “Keeping Planes in the Air.” In this poem her elderly mother’s job was to keep planes in the air through the power of her worried prayers. But after...

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MAY 18, 2022

Good morning! Do you know someone looking for a part-time research assistant job? Send them this link: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/were-hiring-a-part-time-research-assistant/ SwingLeft has an excellent map showing what key elections (federal & state) are...

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She Has Dreamt Again of Water by Stephanie Niu

Stephanie Niu has written a refreshing collection of poems in “She Has Dreamt Again of Water” that brings water in its many forms, the sea, a lake, a creek, directly into the room. Her cool thoughts float on the surface while deeper emotions trawl underneath or ripple...

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MAY 11, 2022

Good morning! Marches organized by Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Ultraviolet, and MoveOn, will be taking place this weekend across the country to protest the expected reversal of Roe v. Wade. Anchor marches are planned for New York, Washington, Chicago and...

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MAY 6, 2022

Good morning! This week has been hard. The day Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed, we knew we were going to lose the Supreme Court. We knew the Republicans couldn’t wait to get their hands on Roe v. Wade and strip 50% of Americans of a constitutional right. We knew Roe v....

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How to Bury a Boy at Sea by Phil Goldstein

Phil Goldstein’s poems in “How to Bury a Boy at Sea” tell the story of a frightened young boy dominated by an older brother who sexually abuses him. Through imagery and honesty Goldstein shares the terror of not knowing if and when he would be attacked. He draws...

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“When She Comes Back” by Ronit Plank

In “When She Comes Back” Ronit Plank writes about the longing for a mother who leaves and returns, only to leave again, with the candor of an adult and the heartbreak of a child. Her angst and actions to shield her younger sister establish the emotional thread...

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“Knocked Down” by Aileen Weintraub

Aileen Weintraub’s memoir of digging up her Brooklyn city roots and replanting them in rural upstate New York reveal the uneasy first chapters of a marriage that most people would be too timid to reveal. After moving into the old and somewhat dilapidated house...

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MARCH 22, 2022

Good morning! As I head off to Philadelphia for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference I’m calling on anyone who has ever held/read/loaned/borrowed/devoured/listened to/written/published or bought a book to participate in the action below!...

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“They Could Live with Themselves” by Jodi Paloni

In “They Could Live with Themselves” Jodi Paloni introduces and develops each character into people we’re absolutely positive we met at some point, so real are they-the daughter weighed down with unspoken guilt under her mother’s unspoken...

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MARCH 3, 2022

MARCH 3, 2022 Good morning! On our last day of our campaign to contact the five largest companies that do business in Texas we can reach out to AT&T. Make the last day of this effort your best one! Have a great Thursday! Betty Action No. 1...

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MARCH 2, 2022

Good morning! On the fourth day of our campaign to contact the five largest companies that do business in Texas we can write to Dell. You know the drill by now! Have a great Wednesday! Betty Action No. 1 Investor_Relations@dell.com...

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MARCH 1, 2022

Good morning! This is Day Three of our campaign to contact the five largest companies that do business in Texas. Use the letter you wrote to American Airlines and Hewlett Packard to contact Oracle today. Please remember to change any personalization within the letter....

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FEBRUARY 28, 2022

Good morning! Continuing our campaign to contact the five largest companies that do business in Texas, today we can write to Hewlett Packard. If you need the basic script template, I am including it below. Make the last day of February a meaningful one! Betty Action...

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FEBRUARY 25, 2022

Good morning! It is a sad day as we watch Putin’s war on Ukraine destroy innocent lives. And it’s frustrating that, as individuals, there is little we can do right now. For me, there is some comfort in having a level-headed president in the U.S. who is...

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FEBRUARY 23, 2022

Good morning! United States Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a hangover from Trump’s presidency, has proposed spending $11 billion on a new fleet of USPS delivery trucks, 90% of which will be gasoline-powered. The EPA blasted the proposal and we should, too....

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LISTEN TO BETTY ON THE AMATEUR TRAVELER PODCAST

Chris Christensen is the host of THE AMATEUR TRAVELER podcast. In Episode #789 he interviews me about our trip to Estonia, starting in Tartu, the university town, to the Brown Bears Hideout at NaTourEst, a stay at the Vihula Manor House in Lahema National Park, and a...

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FEBRUARY 10, 2022

Good morning! Todd Huston, a top executive for the College Board is paid $460,738 to serve as the College Board’s Senior Vice President for State and District Partnerships. The College Board designs the SAT and Advanced Placement courses. They have an enormous...

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FEBRUARY 4, 2022

Good morning! More than 5 million Americans are denied the right to vote because of felony convictions. People in prison represent about 25% of that number. Two states, Maine and Vermont, allow people in prison to vote. Voting is not a constitutional right, but...

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“All the Leavings” by Laurie Easter

Laurie Easter’s memoir in essays is a glimpse into the heart and soul of a caring partner, mother and friend. She bares her inner turmoil and peace in the same way she describes showering in her outside bathtub – “the peeling of layers to expose skin...

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“The Spiral Shell” by Sandell Morse

“The Spiral Shell: A French Village Reveals Its Secrets of Jewish Resistance in World War II” by Sandell Morse Sandell Morse weaves together various threads-her parents’ mixed views on acknowledging her Jewishness away from their home, and how that...

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JANUARY 19, 2022

Good morning! Have you been paralyzed by the distressing news regarding the voting legislation in Washington? I certainly have. It’s hard to act when we feel that action is futile. Throughout history, however, surprises have popped up. Remember John McCain...

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“Baby’s on Fire” by Liz Prato

Liz Prato has a talent for diving into the core of a scene, a character, a situation. “Minor league lessons” opens with “My grandmother floored the accelerator on the golf cart.” In one sentence we have the setting (maybe a golf club, maybe a...

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NOVEMBER 16, 2021

Good morning! New York, California and the District of Columbia have passed “Second Look” legislation that allows courts to reevaluate cases of prisoners who have been sentenced to life in prison. Many are nonviolent offenders with no option for parole. In...

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NOVEMBER 5, 2021

Good morning! Local School boards are being attacked verbally, politically and physically because of misinformation spread by right-wing strategists. Narrative Initiative, Showing Up for Racial Justice, the Women’s March, 22nd Century Initiative, and NYU Metro Center...

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THE SOAP OPERA from The Foreigner

As a teenager I thought my strict Portuguese parents’ aim was to make me look as ugly as possible. But their ultimate goal was getting me to the altar, still a virgin.

They failed miserably.

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MARCH 10, 2021

Good morning! It has been such a pleasure to wake up and not feel as if yet another bomb has dropped. This is certainly due to having a new president and administration, but also to having control over the Senate. There’s always someone who wants the limelight and the...

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The Picnic Table from Pages Penned in Pandemic

PAGES PENNED IN PANDEMIC is a collective that brings together poetry, short stories, flash fiction, essays, and more-tangible reminders that something can always be made out of nothing, that transforming the tribulations and trials of the everyday into art is not only...

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Day 1561

Good morning! Almost 4 years to the day, a group of us from Belmont traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in the Women’s March on Washington. On the recommendation of our daughters’ former Girl Scout leaders we stayed at the Hotel Harrington, an old, modest hotel...

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DAY 1426

Good morning! Poll workers in Georgia are mainly Black women are being harassed and threatened on Facebook . Facebook offers additional privacy and safety features to journalists and politicians but refuses to protect election workers.  Action No. 1 Color of Change...

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DAY 1411

Good morning! On this last day of Native American Heritage Month, we can raise our awareness about the language we use when we talk about Native Americans. Action No. 1 This is a list of 100 changes we can make to honor Native Americans with simple changes in our...

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DAY 1406

Good morning! In the spirit of Thanksgiving, let’s thank the first Republicans who stood up to Trump by acknowledging Biden’s win. Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) https://www.romney.senate.gov/contact For House or Representatives look up their contact information at...

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DAY 1376

Good morning! Free or discounted rides to the polls are available in a variety of offers. Public transportation in many states will be free, and community groups are offering free rides. Lyft and Uber are also offering free/discounted rides not just on transportation...

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DAY 1369

Good morning! Florida is a key state in every election, particularly this one. You can help with ballot curing there (contacting a person who has submitted a ballot that contains an error, which prevents it from being counted.) Sessions will be held from 5-8pm...

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DAY 1364

Good morning! With early voting well underway, voting groups are focusing on “chasing” (asking the voter to complete and submit the ballot) and “curing” (contacting a person who has submitted a ballot that contains an error, which prevents it from being counted.) This...

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DAY 1359

Good morning! Over the next weeks I will be focusing on actions we can take to protect the integrity of our votes, after we have voted. Action No. 1 Volunteer to photograph precinct totals.   Precinct totals have been seen to change between precinct totals and county...

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DAY 1325

Good morning! We All Vote’s online rally yesterday inspired me to do something out of my comfort zone. This week I will contact 10 friends to make sure they are registered to vote. I am taking a step further and doing the uncomfortable act: asking them to vote for...

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Day 1317

Good morning! Some days are just so full of bad news that it’s a temptation to ignore it all. Yesterday was one of those days for me. The climate disasters, police brutality with impunity, 45’s administration’s blatant breaking of laws, not to mention the coronavirus...

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Day 1292

Good morning! Today is the first Monday of August so it’s time to check out Breitbart and report to Sleeping Giants. There is a new twist to the Sleeping Giants campaign however. Nandini Jammi, the woman behind the FB site for Sleeping Giants is leaving. Her...

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Day 1286

Good morning! Launched by the League of Women Voters Education Fund provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information on the following aspects of the election process: Absentee ballot information Ballot measure information...

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DAY 1268

  Good morning! The Center for Voter Information is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that provides unbiased information about candidates and their positions on issues. It’s a good source to keep in your back pocket as the election draws near. Action No. 1...

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DAY 1257

Good morning! Last summer my family spent a night in the Estonian taiga forest. From specially built cabins we observed brown bears (also known as grizzlies) in their own habitat. These powerful, majestic creatures bear no resemblance (pardon the pun!) to the cuddly...

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DAY 1059

Good morning! Last year the Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration for failing to issue habitat protections required by the Endangered Species Act. After a court-ordered agreement in April 2019 the federal government proposed a new rule...

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DAY 1012

Good morning! Ed Stack, CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods has received a lot of flack for his decisions to a) stop selling assault weapons and b) destroying their stock of those weapons. As politicians continue to stonewall any progress on gun law reform, we need private...

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DAY 987

Good morning! Many of you have asked me how to stay sane and have some peace of mind in the midst of the continuous political storms. My month off from politics in August showed me that it is unnecessary to take in the daily barrage of news about the Tangerine Tyrant....

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DAY 777

Good morning! Teaching Tolerance is a program for classroom teachers, staff developers, librarians, school counselors and administrators who are active in K-12 education, including people working at the university level in teacher preparation programs.  Read more...

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Day 634

Good morning! If you are looking specifically for political candidates who are pro-gun-safety, there are some links that have done this work for you.  Take a look. Action No. 1 You do not have to be a member (or admit to being one!) to look at aarp’s site:...

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DAY 586

Good morning! Remember when we were aghast at the prospect of the Sinclair merger, which would have increased the conservative right increased control of the media? Your calls to FCC Chair, Ajit Pai, paid off....

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DAY 510

Good morning! Today’s recipients have no website contact form but you can email them individually to express your sentiments. Action No. 1 Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany can be reached at: poststelle@bundeskanzlerin.de-mail.de Action No. 2 Justin Trudeau, Prime...

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DAY 509

Good morning!  It’s two-action Tuesday : Action No. 1 Continuing yesterday’s well-received action, let’s write to Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzō Abe, to apologize for Trump’s insolence, ignorance and impudence. Action No. 2 Writers unite at this weekend’s Writers...

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DAY 508

Good morning! This is one of those mornings when I’m glad I’m in the U.S. and not in Europe so that I don’t feel personally obligated to apologize to every European I know for 45’s ignorance and insolence. I can only think of one act to let the G6 countries know he...

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DAY 417

Good morning! 45 continues his attempts to defund educational programs that support what he isn’t—scholars. Action No. 1 The Fulbright Exchange Commission is looking at a 71% budget cut. Established in 1946, the organization provides approximately 8,000 scholarships a...

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DAY 239

Good morning! It’s two-action Tuesday on Day 222 Action No. 1 Take a look at upcoming resistance events through this link.  You can choose the date and plug in your zip code. https://www.resistancecalendar.org/ Action No. 2 Here is a site where you can give your...

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DAY 222

Good morning! It’s two-action Tuesday. Action No. 1 Take a look at upcoming resistance events through this link.  You can choose the date and plug in your zip code. https://www.resistancecalendar.org/ Action No. 2 Here is a site where you can give your anonymous...

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DAY 81

Good morning Friend! Here are some easy actions to take this Monday: Action No. 1 It is a rarity when we agree with this man. Let’s take advantage of this unusual opportunity and thank Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) for his public reprimand of Trump for ignoring the...

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DAY 41

Good morning! Before the NYTimes ran the tv ad about “Truth” during the Oscars on Sunday night, they posted this full-page statement in Sunday’s paper (Feb. 26, 2017)  I found it much more powerful than the tv ad and very inspiring.  I hope you will,...

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