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CREATE CHANGE. AMPLIFY THE GOOD. SEND A THANK YOU.

February 6, 2017

 

Creating change does not just come from dealing with or overcoming the worst things in life; change comes because we are also paying attention to and building on the best things in life.

 

So here it is friends, 2017 has brought with it some tough headlines and there is A LOT we need to do. There is a lot we need to mobilize around in this new environment that we find ourselves living in. We need to keep calling and emailing and marching.

 

I think we also need to do something else. We need to say thank you to the people who are standing up and doing what’s right.

 

Saying thank you is one of the best ways I know to create positive change – it’s one of the ways we can pay attention to and build on the best things in life. Amplify the good.

 

Reminding yourself what you have to be grateful for can change your perspective and open you up to seeing and hearing new solutions. Saying thank you to someone not only positively changes the chemistry in your nervous system but it changes the chemistry in the person who hears it as well.

 

I sent a note to my friends and told them I was starting a hand-written thank you campaign for all of the men and women who are standing up and doing the right thing. I asked for recommendations for the thank you list.

 

This is by no means an exhaustive list but if you want to join in – pick a name or two off the list below and send them a note. I pulled many public addresses off of my co-pilot, Google, they are listed below. All you have to do scroll through the list, pull out your pen and grab a stamp. You can print out pre-made thank you cards or use your own. Download the thank you here

 

Here are some of the people I want to thank:

 

Sally Yates, a true hero who was fired for having the courage of her convictions, something we want all of our kids to grow up and be able to do.

 

Thank you to all of the Mayors in the sanctuary cities, especially our Mayor in Boston, Marty Walsh, who reminds us that Massachusetts was the first to legalize marriage equality and that “we will not back down, we will make sure our President knows he is supposed to represent all people.”

 

Thank you to Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski who opposed the education secretary nominee after receiving so many calls from their constituents.

 

CEOs like Howard Schultz (Starbucks), Brian Chesky (AirBnB), Mark Parker (Nike) and Logan Green (Lyft) for bringing corporations to the conversation and demonstrating to their current and future employees what it is like to work for a company that has their backs.

 

Congressman John Lewis, a man of legitimate action, for his tireless commitment to civil rights.

Jim Acosta, Dan Rather, Charles M Blow, HA Goodman, Nomiki Konst for continuing to write real news. And, Andy Borowitz for helping us to remember to laugh.

 

I want to thank Senator Elizabeth Warren who had been vocal throughout the election and continues to speak up. She was at her best at the march in Boston when she said; “We come here to stand shoulder to shoulder to make clear: “We are here! We will not be silent! We will not play dead! We will fight for what we believe in!”

 

Thank you John McCain & Lindsey Graham for coming together to say; “We should not stop green-card holders from returning to the country they call home.”

 

Thank you to the four federal judges who issued stays against the executive order: Judges Ann Donnelly, Judith Dein, Leonie Brinkema and Allison Burroughs.

 

I am happy to say that it is a very diverse list of names – crossing party lines. You may see a name below and you may not agree with it – that’s okay, someone felt they deserved thanks, I am focused on amplifying the good. If you think there is a name missing, please add it in the comments!

 

I have now used up all of my beloved Rosa Parks stamps but it felt like the right time to let them go. If you do decide to write, I promise it will make you feel better, and you will make someone’s day.

 

With gratitude,

Kelly

 

To send a note to Former AG Sally Yates
 

Comer Yates
Atlanta Speech School
3160 Northside Parkway NW
Atlanta GA 30327

 

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
780 Third Avenue
Suite 2601
NY, NY 10017

 

Judge Ann Donnelly
US District Court
225 Cadman Plaza East
Courtroom 4GN
Brooklyn, NY 11201

 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
US Supreme Court
One 1st St NE
Washington, DC 20543

 

Judge Leonie Brinkema
Albert V Brian US Courthouse
401 Courthouse Sq
Alexandria, VA 22314

 

Judge Judith Dein
John J Moakley US Courthouse
1 Courthouse Way Suite 2300
Boston, MA 02210

 

Judge Allison Burroughs
John J Moakley US Courthouse
1 Courthouse Way Suite 2300
Boston, MA 02210

 

Senator Elizabeth Warren
2400 JFK Federal Building
15 New Sudbury St
Boston, MA 02203

 

Cecile Richards
President, Planned Parenthood
123 William St, 10th FL
NY, NY 10038

 

Kym Worthy
Wayne County Prosecutor
1441 St Antoine St
Detroit, MI 48226

 

Anthony Romero
ACLU
125 Broad St, 18th FL
NY, NY 10004

 

Chad Griffin
HRC
1640 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

 

Senator John McCain
218 Russell SOB
Washington, DC 20510

 

His Holiness Pope Francis
Apostolic Palace
00120 Vatican City
ROME

 

Sentator Lindsey Graham
290 Russell SOB
Washington DC 20510

 

Dan Rather
GC Publishing
1290 Ave of the Americas
NY, NY 10104

 

Mayor Bill de Blasio
City Hall
NY, NY 10007

 

Ellen Degeneres
Ellen Degeneres Show
PO Box 7788
Burbank CA 91522

 

Senator Chuck Shumer
Leo O’Brien Building, RM 420
Albany , NY 12207

 

Mayor Marty Walsh
City Hall Square, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02201

 

AG Maura Healey
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108

 

Mayor Jorge Elorza
25 Dorrance St
Providence, RI 02903

 

Congressman Gerry Connolly
2238 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515

 

Congressman Don Beyer
5285 Shawnee Rd
Alexandria, VA 22312

 

Mayor Ed Murray
Seattle City Council
600 4th Ave #7
Seattle, WA 98104

 

Governor Terry McAuliffe
Common Ground for Virginia
PO Box 1475
Richmond VA 23218

 

AG Mark Herring
Office of the Attorney General
202 N 9th St
Richmond, VA 23219

 

Senator Ed Markey
225 Dirksen SOB
Washington DC 20510

 

Senator Al Franken
309 Hart SOB
Washington, DC 20510

 

CEO Mark Parker
Nike HQ
One Bowerman Dr
Beaverton, OR 97005

 

Senator Bernie Sanders
332 Dirksen SOB
Washington DC 20512

 

CEO Howard Schultz
Starbucks Coffee Company
2401 Utah Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98134

 

Senator Cory Booker
359 Dirksen SOB
Washington DC 20543

 

Congressman John Lewis
100 Peachtree St NW #1920
Atlanta, GA 30303

 

US Representative Seth Moulton
1408 Longworth HOB
Washington DC 20515

 

Representative Joe Kennedy
434 Cannon HOB
Washington DC 20515

 

CEO Brian Chesky
AirBnB
888 Brannan St
San Francisco, CA 94103

 

Senator Susan Collins
One Canal Plaza Suite 802
Portland, ME 04101

 

Senator Lisa Murkowski
522 Hart SOB
Washington DC 20510

 

CEO & Founder Logan Green
Lyft
2300 Harrison St
SF, CA 94110

 

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard
1433 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515

 

Judge Timothy Black
Potter Stewart US Courthouse RM 815
100 East 5th St
Cincinnati, OH 45202

 

Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy
1237 Longworth HOB
Washington DC 20515

 

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi
233 Cannon HOB
Washington DC 20515

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