Sunday, April 5, 2020

BREATHE DEEP | POEM-A-DAY

From the Academy of American poets: Poem-a-Day is the original and only daily digital poetry series featuring over 250 new, previously unpublished poems by today’s talented poets each year. U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo serves as guest editor for April 2020.

Visit poets.org to request delivery of a poem to your inbox each day. Poetry brings us together!


Saturday, April 4, 2020

BREATHE DEEP | GROW YOUR OWN VEGETABLES

By growing your own vegetables, you'll enjoy food security plus the benefits of getting outside, working the soil, and eating fresh produce. 

Under normal circumstances, the Clatsop County Master Gardeners Association would be partnering with host agencies to offer the Seed to Supper program to teach vegetable gardening on a budget. As a substitute for in-person programming, they're offering a series of posts on starting a vegetable garden. This science-based information comes from the Seed to Supper program, developed by the Oregon Food Bank. 

Click here for the first post, then check the blog archive for additional posts. 

Through the end of April, OSU is also offering its vegetable gardening class for free online (a $45 value).




Friday, April 3, 2020

ACTION: CONGRESS, RE-OPEN THE ACA

Telephone

CONGRESS, RE-OPEN THE ACA 

ACTION ONE: CALL YOUR SENATORS

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR WYDEN AND MERKLEY:

My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because…
I am appalled that the Senate is on recess until April 20. Tens of millions of working people are facing the Coronavirus without health insurance. Now many have now lost their jobs as well. Congress needs to come back to work and re-open ACA enrollment so people can have insurance. Please protest loudly and repeatedly about being on recess. And please come back to work in DC, whether McConnell ends the recess or not.  

ACTION TWO: CALL YOUR HOUSE REPS

Not sure who your U.S. Representative is? Find out here. 

SAMPLE SCRIPTS FOR REPRESENTATIVES:

My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because…
I am appalled that the House will go on recess until April 20 Tens of millions of working people are facing the Coronavirus without health insurance. Now many have lost their jobs as well. Congress should re-open ACA enrollment so people can have insuranceStay in DC and keep working for the people

ACTION THREE: WRITE LETTERS TO VOTERS FROM YOUR HOME

Organizing for the 2020 Election is going VIRTUAL! 
    Stay tuned — more activities to come! 

BACKGROUND:

No one should lack health care coverage, especially during a pandemic. Yet an estimated 28 million working-aged people went into the pandemic without health insurance. Now many also don’t have a job. Without jobs, they are eligible for Medicaid; but they can’tapply until open enrollment begins in the fall. It doesn’t come online till January 2021. This must be changed.  
The government should re-open ACA enrollment immediately.Health insurers have asked for it. Yet the Trump administration has decided no. Instead, it will leave tens of millions of people to face the virus without protection. 
Congress must override the President immediately. But the Senate is on recess until April 20. The House recesses today. There is no one home on the Hill. This is unconscionable.   
This virus is supposed to peak sometime around April 15—while Congress is on recess and Trump is playing golf (the Secret Service has placed an “emergency” order for golf carts).  By the time Congress returns, untold thousands of uninsured people will be infected and infecting others, afraid to see a doctor because they can’t afford the bills. Our leaders must do better. Congress, get back to work and do your jobs.  

SOURCES: 

BREATHE DEEP | ONE DAY MORE

Enjoy this family's reworking of an epic song from Les Miserables!


Thursday, April 2, 2020

BREATHE DEEP | FULL CATASTROPHE LIVING

Stressed? Anxious? Proven effective in relieving anxiety and reducing pain, this eight-week mindfulness program in "Full Catastrophe Living" is taught at hospitals throughout country.

With the book and, if you choose, the downloadable audio portions, you can use your stay-at-home time to develop a set of lifetime skills to help you cope with whatever stresses come your way.




ACTION: COVID-19 TESTING MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR ALL

Telephone

COVID-19 TESTING MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR ALL 

ACTION ONE: CALL YOUR SENATORS

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR WYDEN AND MERKLEY:

My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because…
The Senate should not be in recess in a time of national crisis.  The Trump administration refuses to put the health of our families and neighbors ahead of politics and corporate greed.   I’m asking the Senator to call for the Senate to return to session.  And to demand that our federal government provide for vital protection equipment for our health workers, and testing and treatment for everyone. 

ACTION TWO: CALL YOUR HOUSE REPS

Not sure who your U.S. Representative is? Find out here. 

SAMPLE SCRIPTS FOR REPRESENTATIVES:

My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because…
The House should not go on recess in a time of national crisis.  The Trump administration refuses to put the health of our families and neighbors ahead of politics and corporate greed.   I’m asking the Representative to call for the House to remain in session.  And to demand that our federal government provide for vital protection equipment for our health workers, and testing and treatment for everyone. 

ACTION THREE: WRITE LETTERS TO VOTERS FROM YOUR HOME

Organizing for the 2020 Election is going VIRTUAL!  
Stay tuned — more activities to come!  

BACKGROUND:

Trump’s initial refusal to acknowledge that the COVID-19 outbreak could pose a serious health threat was an effort to protect Wall Street and his re-election hopes. 
Ironically, an early understanding of the virus, and a coordinated national response would have lessened the need for more stringent measures now and would have actually lessened the impact on the economy.   
When Trump did form a coronavirus task force, it gave almost no consideration to testing.  Early, comprehensive testing would have allowed researchers to understand how the virus spreads.  Instead, thousands were unknowingly infected.  Even now there are insufficient kits available to test any but the already seriously ill. 
Despite urgent pleas from the governors of hard-hit states, Trump is avoiding use of the Defense Production Act to order private companies to produce vital equipment and testing kits. Corporate CEO’s objected, and he is afraid it would blunt his anti-socialism election strategy. 
This virus has shown that any one person’s wellness depends on everyone else’s.  Congress should not be taking a recess. They need to return to work and demand that this administration provides for vital protection equipment for our health workers and testing and treatment for everyone. 

SOURCES: