Actions for Everyone
As far as being in a constant state of grief goes, this week feels a little better than last week, am I right? Holidays are being celebrated. The IRS is sending out disbursements. In the Midwest, we received what I truly think will be the last snow of the season, and the world watches with hope as Wuhan’s 76-day lockdown was lifted April 8. Here’s to hoping we see the light at the end of the tunnel soon.
Find Your Breath: In order to use your voice, you must also find your breath. That can be a challenge if you’re internalizing the collective stressors of our times. Sometimes I reflect on my day to find that I haven’t taken a full breath yet. So, get ready and *breathe in for 4 seconds* *hold it for 4 seconds* and *breath out for 4 seconds* That’s a method called Box Breathing, also known as square breathing, which is a technique used when taking slow, deep breaths. It can heighten performance and concentration while also being a powerful stress reliever. Healthline.com has a great box breathing visual which may help before you launch into your activism for the day, or listen to the news, or do anything really.
Additionally, this healing justice online community called Irresistible has compiled and created some great resources. Check them out!
Fight Against Voter Suppression: Having just gone through the Wisconsin primaries, it seems like our newsletter’s ongoing advice to register to vote and double check that you’re registered to vote hasn’t been vigilant enough. Last week, the WI Supreme Court and the SCOTUS voted not to postpone elections in spite of “safer at home” orders and to not extend the deadline for absentee ballots, respectively.
So, any lawyers out there, what lawsuits can be happening? Do you all have a chat room for lawyers? If yes, please activate and protect democracy from this attack! The first federal class-action lawsuit has been filed against Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, but how about representing the thousands of folks who got their absentee ballots past the deadline, or didn’t receive one despite their request?
For all of us who can’t file lawsuits, here are Robin Vos’ and Scott Fitzgerald’s office contact information incase you want to give them a piece of your mind:
Room 217 West, State Capitol,
PO Box 8953, Madison, WI 53708
Room 211 South, State Capitol
PO Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707
If you live in a state with a spring primary coming up, please request an absentee ballot if you’re able. Additionally, if you can request an absentee ballot for the rest of 2020, do that. If you live in Wisconsin, here’s a link to request an absentee ballot for all 2020 elections so the GOP can’t pull this on us again.
Stimulus Updates: The IRS has started dispersing stimulus checks to folks who have filed 2018 or 2019 taxes, have set up direct deposit with the IRS and who make less than $99,000.
If you haven’t filed those taxes or know anyone who hasn’t filed, for reasons, the IRS made a simple tax return tool to help you receive those funds. Also, there’s also an IRS tool called Get My Payment which helps you track the progress of your disbursement.
Also, reiterating last week’s newsletter, OMG UNIVERSAL INCOME PLEASE.
Things That Made Me Smile this past week:
If Busta Rhymes was an egg