LET'S GET TO WORK: Civic action to-do list for 2-6-17

With so much upheaval in the world, it's hard to know where to stand up, when to speak out, and how best to use the time and energy you have for the issues that matter to you. JWI has three simple weekly action items to make things easier on your inner activist.

3. Phone lines busy? Voicemail full? 

If you can’t get through to your Representative or Senators on the phone, there are plenty of other options! Send an email through the contact form on their official website (House and Senate links here), mail a letter, send a fax, or even comment on a relevant post on their official Facebook page. Whatever you do, just make sure to identify yourself as a constituent!

Read more about the power of the phone call here.

2. Stand up for the safety of refugees!

Senator Dianne Feinstein has introduced a bill to rescind the President’s dangerous and discriminatory executive order suspending the U.S. refugee program; indefinitely banning Syrian refugees, except for Christians; and barring people from targeted Muslim-majority countries. Call your senators today and ask them to cosponsor S. 240 and S. 274! 

1. Keep our college students safe.

February, which is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, is a good time to act against sexual violence on college campuses - especially now that regulations ensuring adequate attention to the issue are on the chopping block. These tips and resources will help you keep the students in your life safe and informed about sexual assault and dating abuse prevention.

And for you...

Give yourself a break and unplug as often as you need, and take the next Shabbat to focus on you and recharge. Being informed doesn’t mean you have to check news outlets or social media platforms 24/7.