LET'S GET TO WORK: Civic action to-do list for 8-14-17


3. Fund measures to prevent home-grown terrorism.

The tragic events in Charlottesville this weekend demand strong leadership that condemns hatred at every turn. There is no place for acts of racism, bigotry or white supremacy in a civil society. But words aren't enough. In July, President Trump proposed drastic cuts to local programs aimed at fighting home-grown terrorism; it is imperative that we call on Congress to amend this budget and commit to fully fund these programs.

2. Reject laws that attack women's health.

Since 2011, states across the country have passed a total of 369 laws restricting women’s access to abortions. A poll conducted by the Center for Reproductive Rights shows that the majority of Americans do not support these attacks on women’s health. Sixty-one percent of adults in the U.S. support a law like the Women’s Health Protection Act that prohibits states from imposing these restrictions. On Wednesday use #ActforWomen and #ReproRights on Twitter from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. (EST) to bring attention to this important piece of legislation!

1. Make paid family leave the law.

Last week Sheryl Sandberg formally endorsed the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act – a bill that provides up to 12 weeks of partially paid leave to every worker in America. As the COO of Facebook, Sandberg understands the importance of a federal paid leave policy for both families and businesses. Now is the time to call your Senators and Representative and tell them to co-sponsor the FAMILY Act!

And for you... 

Let's remember that there's goodness in the world. Practice random acts of kindness this week: Buy a latté for the person behind you in the Starbucks line; write a letter commendation for someone who's doing a good job; or even just reconnect with an old friend; or donate to a charity whose mission means a lot to you.