In July, I shared my story about how attempting something difficult—physically, mentally, emotionally—prepared me for being a leader of conscience today. In turn, I asked our AoCC community to share their own stories and inspiration with us all. Many thanks to the brave souls who stepped up in this 8-part series!
Jana Everett, Denver, Colorado
What’s something challenging you’ve done or experienced?
I parented an angry, rebellious daughter over her teen years (1992-99) who grew into a wonderful adult who teaches high-school AP Chemistry and has two wonderful children.
What did that experience teach you or show you about yourself?
It taught me the importance of perseverance–to keep on being there–and the importance of community–a small group at church that met weekly for 4 years gave me the support I needed.
How does that serve you as you engage in the work of social and political change?
Perseverance and the importance of community–these help me keep going–realizing that I won’t necessarily see any results of our efforts in the short-term and reminding me that I need to rely on others for mutual support.
Jess I, California
Know what else is important for community?
Voting! Did you know that this week’s local elections can have more impact in your community than the president can?
It’s true! Your local officials can respond better to your community’s needs and can often pass relevant legislation more expediently than Congress. Pry yourself away from next year’s race. Vote locally. Cast your ballot for the needs of everyone in your community.
Then give yourself a pat on the back. This is what democracy looks like!
Ready to speak up this week?
Here’s the link to the latest Americans of Conscience Checklist!