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Dear Jeanne,

In upstate New York where I live, crabapple blossoms, wild violets, and dandelions are holding court. It’s usually a euphoric time of year, but of course it’s been a very painful week to bear witness to the world. As war, inequality, and new, horrible instances of violent racism erupt around us, we know it’s time to grieve, take care of each other, and get to work. Here at Third Act, we are building community to face these challenges together. Seeds we planted in the past few months are starting to grow.

Here’s one example: we started organizing our Banking on our Future campaign to engage long-time Bank customers like you to sign the pledge, write to the banks, and interact with bank staff to urge banks to stop financing climate destruction. Recently, we held a workshop on how to meet with bank branch managers about climate change—watch the recording if you missed it. Already, the newly-formed working group Third Act Vermont is organizing its first action at Chase bank’s first and only branch in Burlington on May 18. If you live near Burlington, please join them (details here)! And if you don’t, please use our Banking on our Future Toolkit and follow the steps to schedule your own conversation with a bank manager soon.

In the month ahead we are planting more seeds around voting rights, a new angle on getting Big Banks out of fossil fuels, youth voter registration, and more. One easy thing to do next: check out some early videos from Third Actors to rising seniors encouraging them to register to vote—and while you’re there, leave a story of your own. Then you can register for Third Act’s upcoming events and find an action you’d like to dig into. We look forward to growing in power and connection with all of you.

With appreciation,

Vanessa and the Third Act Team


May All-In Call: Trouble for the Banks and our Campaign Next Steps

May 25, 8 pm ET/5 pm PT – Join Third Act’s monthly call and get updates on groundbreaking research by BankFWD that will change the game around getting Big Banks out of the fossil fuel business. You will also hear from one of our new working groups, Third Act Educators, who are mobilizing K-12, community college, and university educators to advance our democracy and climate campaigns. We’ll have updates on our Mobilizing for the Midterms efforts and hear progress on Third Actors’ efforts to engage with big banks on climate change.

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Senior-to-Senior Intergenerational
Voter Registration Workshop

May 18, 7:30 pm ET/4:30 pm PT – Join Third Act and The Civics Center and learn how senior citizens can recruit high schools, educators, and students to implement voter registration efforts to ensure graduating seniors get registered to vote. We’ll also share a fun and effective graduation registration card and how to make a Tribute video to inspire youth to register. About 4 million youth will turn 18 before the 2022 midterm elections, yet in many states fewer than 20% of 18 year olds get registered by election day. Get trained to help ensure every graduate is a voter!

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Welcome to Third Act: Let’s Get Started

May 31, 7:30 – 8:30 pm ET/4:30 – 5:30 pm PT. Everyone has a role to play in Third Act’s campaigns to protect our climate and safeguard our democracy! Join Third Act’s monthly “welcome call” and learn from our Organizing Team how you can engage with other experienced Americans and join our activities, hear about Working Groups and Third Act efforts near you, and plug in to our growing network.

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Third Act Educators Working Group Call

June 1, 7:30 pm ET/4:30 pm PT – Calling all educators, professors,  and teachers! The Third Act Educators Working Group Coordinating Committee – comprised thus far by five dedicated educators from California, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Virginia – is delighted to invite you to join us for a call with Bill McKibben and members of the Educators Working Group coordinating committee, including teacher Lenore Kenny, to learn about our upcoming work and how you can get involved. Lenore was a teacher for 48 years, recently at the June Jordan School for Equity in San Francisco, where she had students create emergency plans for the community and re-enact the Paris Climate Accord negotiations.

With our growing network of Third Act Educators, we will kickstart a national mobilization of K-12, community college, and university educators to help advance Third Act’s crucial work on climate and democracy. As part of mobilizing for the midterms, we will be investing our efforts in the coming months in our “Senior-to-Seniors” initiative, where elders help high school students turning 18 to register to vote, and preparing for National Voter Registration Day in September.

P.S. Third Act always shares the music we play at events. If you missed the May 11th Teach-In on “Meeting with your Bank Manager About Climate,” then you also missed “Can’t Buy Me Love,” by The Beatles and “The Money Shuffle,” by Richard Thompson. Our updated playlist is here.

Third Act
Sustainable Markets Foundation – 45 West 36th Street 6th floor
New York, New York 10018-7635

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