We reprise last week’s posts, include a link to the Retake Conversation with Rep. Melanie Stansbury and a second video at the end of the post, on maintaining your mental health during COVID. Lastly, we offer more thoughts on the 2020 election.
A Retake Conversation on Water with Rep. Melanie Stansbury
Retake Conversation with Rep. Melanie Stansbury. We focused most of the conversation on water policy, water quality and water management (or lack thereof). Stansbury is a water expert and is planning a series of legislative initiatives to address the current state of affairs: a state beset by drought while not having the ability to even manage its use of water. Not a good combo. Listen in and find out about Rep Stansbury’s plan.
Last week, I devoted two of the three posts on the ways in which COVID is impacting pretty much everyone in the US, from those who enjoy significant buffers to those who are utterly vulnerable. One reader commented that together the posts were a bit deflating and that we need more inspiration. I see the point, but I also heard from many folks that they appreciated the posts as they validated the emotions shared by many of you. But while part of my intent in writing the two pieces was to validate how much COVID is impacting all of us, the real purpose was to serve as a backdrop for this week when we will unveil an urgent call to action for every last one of you to become engaged in the national election. Trust that we have been planning this for some time and will have a step-by-step guide for significantly impacting the general election and key Senate races.
To be blunt: if we don’t oust Trump and Retake the Senate in November, we will have lost far more than an election. We will have lost time that can never be retrieved. Have you noticed how little is being written about the climate crisis of late? With COVID dominating the news, it is essential we regain power, first so we can finally contain COVID and then having secured power in Congress and the White House, turn our attention to a just transition, the Green New Deal and a host of racial, gender and social justice needs..
Stay tuned because we are going to exhort you very, very strongly to get involved in this election and will provide you with all the tools you need to do so.
A Look Back at an Emotional Week
The Tuesday-Thursday posts worked as companion pieces, exploring the impact COVID is having on those with privilege and then the far more devastating impact upon those 20 and 30 year olds whose careers, relationships and families would normally be developing at their age, but with COVID most all of that is on hold or worse. Saturday, we shifted gears and examined Trump’s efforts to use executive orders to gut Social Security and his methodical effort to dismantle the US Postal Service. Saturday never achieves as many readers and so many may have missed this post. Another reason to examine the Saturday post is that it includes a short video with tips on maintaining your mental health during COVID.
Yesterday, I Had a Meltdown
Tuesday, August 4. It started with a song by Stephen Kellogg with lyrics describing how he had no answers for his daughter’s questioning eyes, causing me to think about our kids, how their lives were being disrupted by the virus and how I reallly had no words for them either. It cascaded when I read an article from the Washington Post focused on three young DC residents who were being economically destroyed by the virus and the inability of an overwhelmed support net system to help them. The post resonated with many and closed on an upbeat note, offering ways we can address our sense of loss and lack of control over our lives. Click here to read this post.
Post Meltdown Conversations
Thursday, August 6. Tuesday’s post resulted in several folks we know reaching out. The conversations caused me to realize both that many of you are having similar moments and that talking about it helps. So, in this post, we talked. We also examined a Heather Cox Richardson piece that was extraordinarily well-researched and laid out a series of Trump actions that leave him legally vulnerable the day he leaves office. Click here to read the full post.
Trump Using COVID-19 Relief As a Way to Undermine Social Security and the Postal Service: AARP NOT Amused
Saturday, Aug. 8. We reported on how Retake is now ramping up our election campaign work. We also covered Trump’s shameless effort to undermine the post office & eliminate payroll taxes due to COVID, a clear effort to withhold a key SSI revenue source. Plus, we provided background info, speaking points and contact info on an URGENT Action Alert on LANL and you still have time to act. We also included a video from Robert Reich outlining how Trump and the GOP have prioritized benefiting the privileged while ignoring the desperate needs of those being impacted by COVID. Click here to review the full post.
Tips for Sustaining Your Mental Health &
Wellness During COVID
A short, video that offers a handful of tips for sustaining hope, balance & wellness during these challenging times.
Paul & Roxanne