Welcome Immigrants and Refugees

Holidays are all about hospitality, and now more than ever, we are being challenged as Americans to live up to our standards.

People who immigrate are fellow human beings whom we treat with respect and decency. Please consider GIVING to one of the following organizations in the name of a loved one — place a note under the tree, explaining the impact of your collective holiday generosity.

Make a Joyful Noise

Create a new holiday tradition by volunteering to make some noise for Fannie Battle Day Home’s 102nd Caroling for Kids fundraiser. Caroling for Kids runs from December 1st through the 24th and is flexible to work with your schedule regarding date, time and location.

102 years ago, in the winter of 1916, with less than one dollar in the treasury, and Christmas looming ahead, Fannie Battle Day Home was nearly forced to close their doors forever.

Hospitality for Immigrants and Refugees

Holidays are all about hospitality, and now more than ever, we are being challenged as Americans to live up to our standards.

People who immigrate are fellow human beings whom we treat with respect and decency. We oppose inhumane treatment and vilification of people who immigrate and the government bodies that perpetuate it.

Let’s Go Caroling!

Create a new holiday tradition by volunteering to make some noise for Fannie Battle Day Home’s 102nd Caroling for Kids fundraiser. Caroling for Kids runs from December 1st through the 24th and is flexible to work with your schedule regarding date, time and location. 102 years ago, in the winter of 1916, with less than one dollar in the treasury, and Christmas looming ahead, Fannie Battle Day Home was nearly forced to close their doors forever.

Spread The Light

Join our friends at Americans of Conscience and Spread The Light with this special holiday wish list full of helpful ways to give wisely and make a difference this holiday season. “With respect and collaboration, we create a government for the people, by the people.” Let’s do it together. #engageconnectempower #getcivic #holidayBriteHeart

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10 Things Every American Should Know

What are the top 10 things every American should know? 

Thirty years ago, E.D. Hirsch activated civic conversations throughout America with his book Cultural Literacy. He argued that every American should have a grasp of fundamental information about our country in order to be culturally literate. Hirsch listed 5,000 names, facts, phrases, dates and cultural references that he believed represented a reasonable core of knowledge that all Americans should possess.

Self-Care Soul Search

We’ve come a long way baby and it’s especially important right now to give our inner artivist some serious self-care. Get a head start before the holidays take over with this thoughtful Self-Care Worksheet from Jennifer Hofmann at Americans of Conscience. If you want to make a difference and don’t know where to start, put your feet up, light a candle, take a look inside and see just what amazingness is about to unfold.

Get High on Gratitude

Thanksgiving is good for you — not all that turkey and stuffing, but the gratitude part. If you don’t believe us, check out these 7 scientifically proven benefits of gratitude. Here at BriteHeart, we like to shine a light on the good that is being done by all you amazing hard working dedicated individuals making a real difference in our world.

What Do We Do Now?

Midterm balance gains

If you’re blue, you might not be totally thrilled with the outcome of the midterm election. If you’re red, green, or in between, the same goes. From a bipartisan perspective, our newly-balanced Congress is good news for our struggling democracy.

A balanced Congress means there’s accountability, more checks and balances, and more opportunity for collaboration across the aisle and within parties.

Follow the Leaders

As our beloved Appalachian Hippie Poet said at Civic Saturday in Cookeville: “Light the damn torch and follow the light!” There is a light that never goes out and it has been passed on, leader to courageous leader and now to us, to you and to me.

When I am overwhelmed with all I see on the news, on Facebook, on Twitter, when I am not sure what to think or how to feel about any given issue, I am challenged to lean into the Constitution, to know it and test it and grapple with it as we see Dr King doing from the Birmingham Jail, when he writes: “I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.” He’s pleading the Constitution which at the time was being used against him, to arrest and imprison him, but would also serve to liberate him and all people of color along with him.