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April 17, 2020 

Dear Friend,

We made it through another week. Considering all the unprecedented challenges our community and our nation face right now, that’s an accomplishment worth savoring.

Times are tough, and sometimes we have to take things day by day. Focusing on our mental health is a great way to do that. On Monday, I joined a panel of experts to talk about how to strengthen our mental health, and why this is particularly important for communities of color, who are disproportionately being hurt by the COVID-19 crisis. Our discussion evolved into a thought-provoking exploration of specific ways our communities can fight back against institutional and systemic discrimination now and going forward. You can watch that virtual town hall here.

We also need to continue developing bold policy solutions to get us through this tumultuous time. To build on this, I spoke on Instagram Live with my congressional colleague and friend, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York, about Congress’ next steps to help save lives, protect jobs, prevent voter suppression in the upcoming elections, and more. It was a great conversation, and I look forward to continuing to work with my fellow Members of Congress to get results for Hoosiers and all Americans. You can watch the full video here

Experts also point out that creative and artistic expression is another effective way to strengthen our mental health. So, I’m also excited to announce that, despite school closures, my office will be participating in this year’s annual Congressional Art Competition. I’m encouraging high school students in our Congressional District to virtually send me your unique, creative and inspiring pieces of art. The winning submission will be displayed in the halls of the U.S. Capitol. More about past exhibits can be found here. Even if you don’t submit artwork, you might enjoy and be inspired by seeing how much talent we have in every Congressional District. Stay tuned for more details and deadlines. But for now, start working on those masterpieces!

Please stay safe and healthy by following the health guidelines – more on that here and here. And last, but not least, please continue to stay in touch with my office to share any questions, concerns, or comments you have. As always, we are here to help you – particularly during tough times. Take care of yourselves and have a good weekend.

 

Your Friend,

André

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