Episode 001 - Elaine Loh - Operation Checks and Balances
We had the opportunity to chat with Elaine about the letter writing group she established last year, Operation Checks and Balances. Not only did her group find people to write a letter to the President every day, but they also did a monthly donation to a political or social cause and did a different action item every month. Elaine truly is a grassroots activist. We are happy we are able to share her success story with you and hope that it encourages you to become more active in your community. Check out at the bottom of this post to see the levels of action Elaine suggests for this interview!
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ELAINE:
Elaine Loh is an award winning writer, director, and actor who got her first taste of public service when she was elected a member of the Local Board of Directors for SAG-AFTRA. She joined the Diversity Committee, and has long made inclusion a part of her artistic work. In fact, she considers herself an "artivist". Activism meets artistic expression.
MORE ON OPERATION CHECKS AND BALANCES
Operation Checks & Balances is a diverse group of concerned citizens - all genders, ages, political leanings, races, religions, and orientations - who previously participated in our government from a distance. We voted, stayed informed, and felt our contributions were enough to engage in the democracy of our nation. But now, we feel the ideals of democracy and individual freedom are under threat.
We worry for the rights of immigrants within our country, for our friends and family as we see the rights of the LGBTQ community being dismantled and people of color being discriminated against. We want to protect our healthcare and our jobs, our elections from foreign intervention, our political system from conflicts of interest, and preserve the sanctity and balance of our three branches of government.
As our name suggests, we aim to maintain the balance of power that preserves American Democracy. We are constantly watching - tracking new and upcoming legislation, appointees to the White House staff, appointees to the House and Senate. We stand to defend the average American Citizen and rebuild a sense of unity in this country that is based on strong values, ideals, and a sense of inclusion.
VISIT OPERATION CHECKS AND BALANCES FOR MORE INFO AT:
*****PODCATS LEVEL OF ACTIONS*****
ONE CLICK WONDER - Write a letter to the President or your representative.
TUB THUMPER - 1. Go to a town hall meeting; 2. Volunteer ANYWHERE; 3. go to their website and see what action they are taking for the month!
SUPER SOLDIER - Become a member of Operation Checks and Balances OR start your own letter writing group OR go to indivisible.org
KEEP THE CHANGE - Go to operationchecksandbalances.org to see who they are donating to this month!