Why We Need It and What To Do About It in 2021

Kath Carter is a force of nature. This year, she has decided to harness the power of connection and fellowship and draw inspiration she needs, but in typical Kath fashion, she is sharing her bounty with the world.

Kath asked me to be part of her “Table of Ten,” a group of people she selected to be part of her intentional effort in 2021 to add more positivity to the world. She gifted us each of the ten of us the option of choosing a charity we care about for her effort. All we had to do was share an…


One Something At A Time

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Everybody’s Got Their Something: January, 2020

After the 2016 election I met a fellow Citizen named Reid. I met him online, through some shared Facebook group filled with people who were, as I was, devastated by the election results. Reid seemed different. He didn’t just complain. He did stuff. He found a way to immediately channel his concern into action. He called me — a total stranger — after he read something I wrote and asked me to help. He held our 6-term Republican Congressman accountable. He asked for town hall meetings. He organized others to ask for them too. …


Surviving the Next 36 Hours, and the Next Two Years

These last excruciating two years have led us right to this. Despite the adrenaline, the excitement, the crisp fall air and the camaraderie driving us into the home stretch in campaign offices and train stations and polling places, I dread the next 36 hours.

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America, 2016–2018

All week I have been experiencing flashbacks to 2016, when I had an election night party thinking that if the right outcome happened I would pop the pink champagne and if the worst happened at least I would be among friends.

Neither happened. No champagne, and everyone went home in disbelief wondering how it all fell…


Ten Things (in order) That Matter Most.

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How I’ll Vote on November 6, 2018

It is 70 days until the election. For the next ten weeks, I will be working as hard as I can to bring some optimism to America. While I don’t believe we can ever go back, we can embrace what used to make us, well… us.

I’ve decided not to post every day on social media — I’m going the old-fashioned route. I’m writing postcards, making phone calls, knocking on doors, hosting interns, encouraging candidates, asking questions and doing everything I can think of to help the good people who are stepping up to run.

The big primaries are all…


Why I Will #BoycottAlabama Until Roy Moore is Not Elected

State Capitol, 600 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36130

Dear Governor Ivey -

This has been a tremendously hard year for our great nation. We are a house divided, held together only by the thread of hope and foundation of self-belief that if we survived as a democracy for 241 years, we can hold on a little longer until we can bring some sanity and leadership back to Washington.

But today it is about Alabama.

Molesting children is not OK.

As a result, I have decided to #BoycottAlabama until this is resolved.

I was stunned you chose to ignore the women…


Friends for Life, Friends in Life.

In the last two weeks, I’ve learned through Facebook of the deaths of three amazing women. One worked for me for a while. One was a colleague. And one was a mentor. Each of them made my life better in surprising ways. One took care of my son when he was small, with so much love and delight. One taught me how to work for hard clients, appreciate great bosses and told me to read “Disclosure,” citing exactly the right page number. …


Why McCain’s Return to Washington Should Be To Vote “No.”

These last two weeks have no doubt been a trying time for the senior Senator from Arizona. And I am not surprised that this fighter-for-the-ages is defying odds, and probably a few doctors, to head to Washington to uphold his senatorial duties on a critical vote in the Senate, despite the fact that it is procedural.

I am a big fan of Senator John McCain. Despite many times I disagree with his policy points of view or his votes, he is an American hero who has done more for this country than most could ever imagine, and to me, he…


One Citizen and Senator McCain

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Last night millions of American heard the terrible news about the senior Senator from Arizona’s latest challenge. Concurrent with the prognosis of the kind of cancer he is battling, we saw pictures of his 105-year-old mother and pictures of him over so many decades of leadership, patriotism and bipartisanship. John McCain has become one of the steadying forces of this country — someone who still seems to be candid and human and honest in a time of talking points and finger-pointing.

“The staggering courage of that man is something every American should be thinking about this morning,” said Mike Barnacle…


Celebrating the 4th During “This Period of Absence of American Leadership”

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America the Beautiful Unfolding on the 4th

For several years, I commuted between the west coast and the east coast; I recall flying west over America on the weekend of the 4th of July on a Friday evening flight. Time seemed suspended as the inky night sky hung above us but stayed tinged with a deep gold and rose on the western horizon. I would look out the window for hours, flying high above America the Beautiful, at fireworks displays unfolding from east to west. Some were tiny in the small towns where I could imagine a parade of family wagons and kids waving flags. Some were…


How Grassroots Action is Making a Difference.

I’ve been to Palatine, Illinois, a town in my Congressional district, twice in my life. The first time was in January, when my Congressman (Peter Roskam, a right wing Republican) snuck out the back door of a meeting that had been originally scheduled to be open but then was suddenly closed to anyone who wasn’t a member of the Palatine Republicans. That cold Saturday morning, 300+ protestors (all they wanted was to be invited to into the closed meeting with the Congressman) were out the front door. He left through the back. (You can read about that here: https://medium.com/everyvote/sneaking-out-the-back-door-in-the-illinois-6th-93c60f87ec88)

The…

Jane Melvin

Creativity student, strategy catalyst. Getting things done/living a big life in a busy world. Connector. Affector. Mom. Citizen. Independent.

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