A Little Gratitude

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While a follow-up piece around Tim Snyder’s book On Tyranny was planned for this week, given the tragedy unfolding in the Houston area (and the general tragedy occurring in the U.S. in general), perhaps we should pause and give thanks for some instances of Good and the people who initiated them.

Jennifer-Hofmann (small)This week, on her weekly Action List, under the “Acts of Gratitude” section, Jen Hofmann posted the following entries (appearing here verbatim, but be sure to check out Jen’s list).

Acts of Gratitude
Get out your stamps, postcards, and sparkle markers for some gratitude mail.

Thank Governor Bruce Rauner for committing Illinois to being a sanctuary state. Immigrants deserve to be treated humanely and to live free from fear. Thank you for your leadership and advocacy.
Address: James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph, 16-100, Chicago, IL 60601

Thank Mayor Sylvester Turner for offering to personally represent for free any immigrants facing deportation after seeking help during Hurricane Harvey.
Address: ℅ City of Houston, P.O. Box 1562, Houston, TX 77251

Thank Herbert Slatery, TN Attorney General for abandoning a lawsuit to sunset the DACA program. I appreciate that you see the real lives behind the labels and want to see young immigrants protected, rather than deported. Thank you for your leadership.
Address: Office of the Attorney General and Reporter, P.O. Box 20207 Nashville, TN 37202-0207

Thank Luis Videgaray Caso, Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Relations for offering assistance to Harvey victims. Americans everywhere appreciate your commitment to kindness and generosity in difficult times. Thank you for building bridges, neighbor. 
Address: Plaza Juárez 20, Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores, Col. Centro, Ciudad de México. C.P. 06010 (Use $1.15 in postage.)