September 11, 2020


Learn It, Live It, Love It: The Resilience Edition

By: Cindy Cerquitella

I was a senior in high school, living in Budapest. I was trying to register for the SATs before heading to volleyball practice — but the internet was down, and my mom called as she watched what was unfolding on TV. I’ll remember those days forever, and still can’t think about it without tearing up, even nineteen years later. In 2020, remembering the men and women who left us, and those who rose to save as many as they could feel particularly necessary. We are a nation of helpers, and the darkest days are the days we see that so clearly. Thank you, to each and every one of you. 

Learn it:
“Resilience” has been the word on my mind this year, even more than “pivot.”When the paint dries on this season we will all have learned an important lesson in how to work through and come out stronger through adversity. To start teaching yourself deeper resilience, check out this TED talk and pick up Angela Duckworth’s Grit.  

Live it:
If you, like me feel, like you’ve reached the end of Netflix, hop on over to Amazon Prime this weekend to watch Safeguard: An Electoral College Story. It’ll give you the background you need to talk with your friends who may be shouting to abolish the electoral college this year. 

 Also, this year, polling places across the country are facing a shortage of workers — many of whom are typically elderly. Consider signing up to work the polls this upcoming election day and get a front-row seat to an election that will, no doubt, go down in history. 

If you’re curious about how others in our generation are approaching the prospect of voting in this year’s election, think about attending this event next Tuesday, The Evolving Electorate, put on by The New York Times. See you there!

Love it:
Last fall, our Detroit chapter hosted an event on home equity theft — the practice by which a state can seize your property, sell it, and keep the funds if you owe a tax bill. The Pacific Legal Foundation was fighting a case in which a county in Michigan had taken a family’s home and property over an $8 mistake. Read that again… I’m so beyond thrilled to report that PLF recently won their case, making this practice illegal in Michigan! Now PLF sets their sights on the 12 other states where this practice is legal. Learn more about the case here.