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Learn How to Intervene as a Bystander to Hateful Speech and Acts

This OTYCD entry originally posted in July 2017.

Learn or refresh yourself on strategies for how to diffuse hateful situations as a bystander.

 

The racist terrorist attack on public transit in Portland, Oregon in May that left two men dead and a third wounded raised awareness about bystander training. The passengers who became victims confronted the ranting man directly when he accosted two young women who appeared to be Muslim, and continued to do so after he made death threats against those who tried to de-escalate the situation.

 

Those who offer bystander training have said that the Portland men didn’t do anything wrong. It would be a shame if the incident scared people off from confronting people who spew hate in public spaces.

 

Here are a bundle of resources that will help you learn how to intervene when you witness hateful situations.

 

 

Start with Maeril’s now-classic cartoon on what to do if you witness Islamophobic harassment.

 

 

Hollaback, a movement devoted to stopping street harassment, offers digital bystander intervention training for a modest fee:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hollaback-bystander-intervention-digital-training-tickets-33624094572

 

 

Read the text of a speech on Bystander Intervention Training given by folks at the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition of Maryland:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8L8vf0joWhQZE9WZHNtSnMxWk0/view

 

 

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See if Collective Action for Safe Spaces is doing a bystander intervention workshop near you, or request one:

http://www.collectiveactiondc.org/our-work/trainings-workshops/

 

 

For background, read a local news account of the Portland attack:

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2017/05/max_heros_last_words_tell_ever.html

 

 

And read a Slate article about bystander training in the wake of the attack:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2017/06/02/after_portland_bystander_intervention_training_is_more_important_than_ever.html

 

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Planning a Vacation? Consider Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands

Are you planning a vacation? Consider traveling to Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands.

 

Both of these American regions were devastated by Hurricane Maria in 2017, and both of their economies depend on tourism to some extent.

 

You don’t just vote with a ballot. You vote with your dollars. If you want to head somewhere tropical on your next vacation, you should consider traveling to Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands, an archipelago that includes St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John.

 

Recently, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee devoted a double-length episode to Puerto Rico. They also chose a t-shirt producer on the island to handle its charitable t-shirt business. (Scroll down for links to the show, stories about its impact, and for links to the Full Frontal online store.)

 

 

Visit the websites for Puerto Rico tourism:

https://www.prtourism.com/dnn/Default.aspx

http://www.seepuertorico.com

 

 

Like it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/prtourismco/

https://www.facebook.com/SeePuertoRico/

 

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@CTPuertoRico

@SeePuertoRico

 

 

See the website for U.S. Virgin Islands tourism:

https://www.visitusvi.com

 

 

Like it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/visitusvi

 

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@USVItourism

 

 

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See the webpage for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee:

http://www.tbs.com/shows/full-frontal-with-samantha-bee?gclid=CJGixuD4qtoCFRbRswodda0P6g&gclsrc=ds

 

 

See the show’s merch page, which features the Frontal Entero t-shirts made in Puerto Rico:

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

 

 

Like Full Frontal with Samantha Bee on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/fullfrontalsamb/

 

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@FullFrontalSamB

 

 

Read a March 26, 2018 Racked story about Bee moving t-shirt production to Puerto Rico:

https://www.racked.com/2018/3/26/17161670/samantha-bee-full-frontal-t-shirts-puerto-rico

 

 

Read about how tourism is slowly returning to Puerto Rico:

https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/puerto-rico-crisis/puerto-rico-tourists-boost-recovery-though-some-still-remain-dark-n861866?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma

 

 

 

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Save This Tool for Keeping Tabs on Bills That Concern You: GovTrack

This OTYCD entry originally posted in March 2017.

Bookmark Govtrack.us, a nifty tool for learning about and tracking bills that concern you.

 

Govtrack debuted in 2004 as a hobby project and blossomed into what you see today. It helps you find federal legislation on issues that you care about, and lets you track them as they work their way through Congress.

 

It can also show you the bills most tracked by the site’s users, trending bills, and other useful information, such as the total amount of legislation passed by Congress in the current session. And it offers good longer reads in the form of GovTrackInsider, which offers detailed examinations of hot bills and contested issues.

 

 

Start using GovTrack:

https://www.govtrack.us

 

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

 

Like its Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/govtrack/

 

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@govtrack

 

 

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Support José Andrés, The Chef Who Served Millions of Meals to Puerto Ricans, and Who Stood Up to Trump

Support José Andrés, the chef who cooked and served millions of meals to hurricane-stricken Puerto Ricans and who stood up to Donald Trump.

 

Andrés is a hell of a chef, period, full stop.

As of November 2017, he holds two Michelin stars. In 2011, the James Beard Foundation gave him its Outstanding Chef award; past winners include Tom Colicchio of Craft, Eric Ripert of Le Bernadin, Grant Achatz of Alinea, Lidia Bastianich of Felidia Ristorante, Wolfgang Puck of Spago Beverly Hills, Jean-George Vongerichten of Jean-Georges, and Thomas Keller of The French Laundry. Andrés is also credited with introducing America to the concept of tapas.

 

His nonprofit, World Central Kitchen, came to Puerto Rico on September 25, 2017 to help feed residents in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

 

By mid-October, the team had built a supply network and prepped and delivered more than a million hot meals. Andrés has broadcast his efforts via his Twitter account and through the #chefsforpuertorico hashtag. He had started to curtail WCK’s efforts by late October, but he has continued to shine a light on the realities of post-Maria life in Puerto Rico on his social media accounts.

 

Before he stepped up in such an extraordinary way in Puerto Rico, he stood up to Donald Trump, at great personal cost to himself.

 

When Trump announced his candidacy in June 2015 by claiming that Mexican immigrants were drug dealers and rapists, Andrés withdrew from a deal to create a grand new restaurant in the Trump hotel planned for the old Post Office building in Washington, D.C. (Andrés was born in Spain and is a naturalized U.S. citizen.) Trump sued for breach of contract, and the two parties settled in April 2017.

 

According to the Washington Post, Andrés said at the time of his withdrawal from the Trump Washington D.C. restaurant deal:

“More than half of my team is Hispanic, as are many of our guests,” the chef said in a statement at the time. “And, as a proud Spanish immigrant and recently naturalized American citizen myself, I believe that every human being deserves respect, regardless of immigration status.”

 

We at OTYCD encourage you to support Andrés and his charitable works however you can.

 

Andrés’s empire includes 27 restaurants in the U.S. and Mexico, as well as food trucks and catering services. Are any of them near you? Check the link below and pay a visit, and vote with your dollars:

http://www.joseandres.com/en_us/restaurants

 

 

Follow Andrés on Twitter:

@chefjoseandres

 

 

Like him on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/chefjoseandres/?fref=ts&ref=br_tf

 

 

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Visit the World Central Kitchen webpage:

https://www.worldcentralkitchen.org

 

 

Donate to World Central Kitchen:

https://www.worldcentralkitchen.org/donate

 

 

Read about World Central Kitchen’s and #chefsforpuertorico’s work on the island in the wake of Hurricane Maria:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/10/20/559113161/celebrity-chef-jose-andres-has-served-nearly-1-5-million-meals-to-puerto-ricans

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/food/wp/2017/09/29/jose-andres-a-naturalized-u-s-citizen-has-become-the-face-of-american-disaster-relief/?utm_term=.809d93237d83

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/food/wp/2017/10/18/post-maria-jose-andres-and-his-team-have-served-more-meals-in-puerto-rico-than-the-red-cross/?utm_term=.08529f34dd69

http://time.com/4981655/jose-andres-fema-trump-puerto-rico/

https://www.buzzfeed.com/adriancarrasquillo/chef-jose-andres-and-the-trump-administration-are-fighting?utm_term=.nlNBa7E5eg#.oapoLBpy94

https://www.eater.com/2017/10/25/16545754/jose-andres-puerto-rico-world-central-kitchen

Read about how the chef quit his partnership with Trump after he disparaged Mexicans, and read about the settlement of the resulting lawsuit:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/digger/wp/2016/04/29/donald-trump-jose-andres-and-the-death-of-a-grand-washington-restaurant/?utm_term=.fc73d4f45799

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/reliable-source/wp/2017/04/07/president-trump-and-chef-jose-andres-reach-settlement-agreement/?utm_term=.ed2172cdc09f

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/donald-trump-and-celebrity-chef-jose-andres-settle-their-lawsuit/2017/04/07/987c5cae-1bbd-11e7-bcc2-7d1a0973e7b2_story.html?utm_term=.3953339addc6

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/04/07/523004201/trump-organization-settles-lawsuit-with-chef-jos-andr-s

 

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Learn If Your State Is Passing Laws That Restrict Voting, and Fight Back

This OTYCD entry originally posted in June 2017.

Is your state trying to pass laws that make it harder to vote? Consult the Brennan Center’s info and maps, and if the answer is yes, fight back.

 

Voting restrictions are a scourge on democracy, but as long as they benefit Republicans, Republicans will try to pass them. We feel that if you are eligible to vote, and you want to vote, you should be able to vote, and you should be given many options for doing so to let you choose what works best for your schedule.

 

The Brennan Center for Justice, located at the New York University School of Law, tracks state bills that intend or have the effect of making it harder to vote.

 

First, read the Brennan Center’s Voting Laws Roundup for 2017, and see if your state is mentioned:

https://www.brennancenter.org/analysis/voting-laws-roundup-2017?utm_content=bufferba0df&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

Also see the Brennan Center’s interactive map of New Voting Restrictions in America:

https://www.brennancenter.org/new-voting-restrictions-america

 

Once you know what’s going on in your state, call your state-level reps to speak out against laws that restrict voting.

 

Don’t know who your state house rep and state senator are? Plug your address and zip code into this search tool (note–the address is key. If you only give your zip code, you won’t get the two names you most need):

https://whoaremyrepresentatives.org

 

Then click on the names of your state house rep and state senator. Their contact info will come up.

 

Here’s a sample script that you can modify accordingly:

“Dear (State Senator/House Rep Lastname), I ask you to oppose (House/Senate bill ####), which will have the effect of making it harder to cast a vote. Everyone who is eligible to vote, and wants to, should have the opportunity to do so. Bills and laws that make it harder to vote are inherently anti-democratic. Please do not sponsor, co-sponsor, or support bills that stop people from voting. Thank you.”

 

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Expand the Network of Trans-Friendly Bathrooms Across the Country

This OTYCD entry originally posted in May 2017.

Do you run a brick-and-mortar business that welcomes trans people who need to use your bathrooms? Join the Safe Bathrooms Club.

The Safe Bathrooms Club is a map of places across America with bathrooms that are safe for trans people. As the good guys fight to ensure that trans people can use their preferred bathrooms, it becomes clearer and clearer how restrictive bathroom laws needlessly and cruelly complicate their lives.

To join, you need to fill out a form that identifies your business and describes what type of bathrooms it has, as well as the signage. That’s it. As of March 31, more than 200 businesses had signed up.

If you don’t run an establishment with trans-friendly bathrooms, you can help in other ways. By wearing an #IllGoWithYou button, you indicate to friends who are trans that you are willing to escort them to a bathroom, or to other heavily gendered spaces that might be hostile to them. You can also purchase and donate #IllGoWithYou buttons.

 

Fill out the Safe Bathrooms Club form to add your business to the map:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSffCB20ET3JQPMcoeXUrIySVqyiHsfK68DRPFl_7lBEiRz5CQ/viewform?c=0&w=1

 

Order an #IllGoWithYou button or sticker:

http://www.illgowithyou.org/get-your-button/

 

Read the Safe Bathrooms Club ‘About’ page:

http://safebathrooms.club/about.html

 

Follow the Safe Bathrooms Club on Instagram:

@safebathroomsclub

 

Read a Rewire story about the creation of the Safe Bathrooms map:

https://rewire.news/article/2016/07/05/one-couple-putting-bathroom-safety-map/

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Ask Your House Rep to Support H.R. 2884, the COVFEFE Act

This OTYCD entry originally posted in June 2017.

Ask your House rep to support H.R. 2884, the Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement Act, aka the COVFEFE act. 

OK, Illinois Democrat Mike Quigley was having a bit of fun when he named his act, but it has a serious and worthy purpose. It would amend the Presidential Records Act of 1978 to specify that a president’s communications over social media count as presidential records.

Amending the law in this manner formally recognizes that Donald Trump’s tweets, be they from his POTUS account or his personal account, are considered presidential communications, and must be documented for posterity. The law could also prevent Trump and future presidents from deleting tweets and might prevent a president from blocking individuals on Twitter.

 

Read GovTrack’s backgrounder on the COVFEFE Act:

https://govtrackinsider.com/the-covfefe-act-would-permanently-archive-all-of-president-trumps-social-media-posts-c77b97d5802b

 

See the GovTrack page on the bill:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr2884

 

Read the text of the COVFEFE Act:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr2884/text