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Follow Alexandra Erin on Twitter

 

Follow Alexandra Erin on Twitter.

Erin is an author, poet, trans woman and all-round smart person who lives in Maryland and has an exceptional gift for interpreting and explaining Donald Trump, whether he is tweeting madly or reading someone else’s words off a teleprompter. She makes sense when it seems like there is no sense to be made.

Sample her genius by reading this Twitter thread on Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress on February 28:

https://www.kanvz.com/alexandraerin/canvas/1488382193824

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@alexandraerin

 

Read her blog here:

http://www.alexandraerin.com

 

Support her here:

https://www.patreon.com/AlexandraErin

https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=3OEHAVn8SOrIky4-Et3gYMrIZxIW5Z1nOQZWj5CqEvnfzABpi01GyKbzHqSgZeI3xxfLxG

 

 

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Trying This Again: UPDATED: Listen to Pod Save America and the Crooked Media Family of Podcasts

Note: Apologies to subscribers who didn’t get this substantially updated post yesterday due to a WordPress glitch.

Did you enjoy the podcast Keepin It 1600? Start downloading Pod Save America, the new broadcast from the same team.

Jon Lovett, Jon Favreau, Tommy Vietor, and Dan Pfeiffer decided that the outcome of the election called for a more activist tone. They have ended Keepin It 1600 and launched Pod Save America, which covers politics as well as how to push back against Trump.

The first episode went up on January 9 and covered the Russian hacking scandals, Obama’s farewell speech, Trump cabinet nominees, and defending Obamacare. It also featured Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory, talking about the Women’s March on Washington, set for January 21.

 

Substantial update: Since writing the original post about Pod Save America and Pod Save the World, Crooked Media has launched three more podcasts. All are good.

 

The best of the new crop is Pod Save the People. Primarily hosted by DeRay Mckesson, it is an eye-opening look at the history and living reality of fighting for social justice.

Download Pod Save the People here:

https://getcrookedmedia.com/pod-save-the-people-56bc42af53d

 

Lovett or Leave It, hosted by Jon Lovett before a live audience, brings the funny. There’s rage, too, but funny rage. Warning: The theme song is infectious.

Download Lovett or Leave It:

https://getcrookedmedia.com/lovett-or-leave-it-6077c7aca95c

 

With Friends Like These aims straight for the awkward in a gutsy, admirable way. Hosted by Ana Marie Cox, it dwells on “what divides us and what doesn’t.” It does not shy away from getting emotionally raw at times.

Download With Friends Like These:

https://getcrookedmedia.com/with-friends-like-these-aeee91fa31da

 

Download Pod Save America, the original Crooked Media podcast, from iTunes or listen here:

https://art19.com/shows/pod-save-america
Download its foreign policy spinoff, Pod Save the World, from iTunes or listen here:

https://art19.com/shows/pod-save-the-world

 

Like Crooked Media on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/TheCrookedMedia/

 

Follow Crooked Media on Twitter:

@crookedmedia

 

More on the launch of Pod Save America and Crooked Media, the company founded by three of the four ex-Keepin It 1600 co-hosts:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/01/09/the-keepin-it-1600-guys-launch-crooked-media-to-counter-trump.html

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Mail Postcards to GOTV for Democrat Karen Gaddis for the Oklahoma State Legislature

Got another postcard campaign for you! Karen Gaddis, a Democrat running for the July 11 special election for the open state House of Representatives seat in Oklahoma’s District 75.

In 2016, Gaddis ran against the incumbent, Republican Dan Kirby, who won with almost 60 percent of the vote. He subsequently resigned rather than face expulsion from the Oklahoma legislature over accusations of sexually harassing a legislative assistant.

Gaddis spent 40 years teaching in Tulsa, Oklahoma public schools and pledges to address the damage done by tax cuts. She was the first Democrat to run for District 75 in more than 10 years, and she is game to run again. Her Republican opponent is Tressa Nunley.

To join her postcard GOTV campaign, you can text OK to 918.992.4434 or email:

Postcards    @   TonyTheDemocrat.org

Tony the Democrat has issued no specific instructions about what to say on the cards, but something along these lines should work:

“Democrat Karen Gaddis is running for the open house of representatives seat in Oklahoma’s District 75. The special election is on July 11. Please come out and vote Democrat!”

You’ll want to get your postcards in the mail on or before July 4.

 

See Gaddis’s campaign website:

http://www.karengaddis.com/home

 

Read a diary entry on Daily Kos that lays out reasons why Gaddis’s chances are good:

https://m.dailykos.com/story/2017/6/9/1670282/-Karen-Gaddis-D-The-Comeback-Candidate-for-Team-Blue-Oklahoma-HD-75

 

 

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Want to Do More Than One Thing?

One Thing You Can Do‘s purpose is to help you focus. It gives you one thing you can do, every day, to push back against Trump. One thing. Every day.

So you’ve done the one thing, but you want to do more. What next?

Here are recommendations for groups, mailing lists, blogs, and other entities that will give you more things to do.

The list is not comprehensive, and it’s not meant to be. Nor is it closed. Everything is OTYCD-approved. The blog relies on many of these sources when seeking and researching subjects for future posts.

 

Rogan’s List blog (http://roganslist.blogspot.com)

Susan Rogan will keep you as busy as you want to be. The retired university librarian’s blog gives you more than a dozen useful nuggets of information per day, from actions to tools to organizations to join, and more. Are you extra-eager to do more? Start here. The newest daily tends to go live around 9 am EST.

 

Flippable (https://www.flippable.org/)

Flippable’s goal is to turn state and federal offices blue, one electoral race at a time. Its email list sends out one message per week that contains several action items. It’s especially good for learning about upcoming elections in state legislatures.

 

Stronger Together newsletter (http://tinyletter.com/onesmallthing)

This is an offshoot of Laura M. Browning’s Facebook group of the same name. Its tagline is “Pledge to do one small thing every week to spread the love and equality that America needs right now. ” Its weekly email is charming and features valuable links and tips.

 

Movement to Oppose Trump (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfBigMnFKHEKMAY6q0cB1ONWiWeVluDwQtyqEtH0cZ_GZq-1A/viewform#responses)

The multi-talented Michael Skolnik releases a weekly action email with the does-just-what-it-says-on-the-box title Movement to Oppose Trump. It’s a smorgasboard of calls to action, pieces to read, resistance resources, upcoming events, social media accounts to follow, donations to make, finished with a music suggestion (late in January 2017, he pointed to Tupac’s Keep Ya Head Up).

 

Weekly Resistance to Trump (http://www.weekly-resistance.online)’

This web site sends a weekly email that recommends an action to take and a donation to make.

 

Wall-of-Us (https://www.wall-of-us.org)

Another good site that produces a weekly email containing several action items.

 

While it’s not the most important thing you can do to push back against Trump, it’s certainly amusing to follow @HalfOnionInABag on Twitter. It’s just that–half an onion in a bag. Its goal is to get more followers than Donald Trump to show that having a big honking Twitter audience really doesn’t mean all that much if half an onion in a bag can meet or beat Trump’s.

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Subscribe to Wall-of-Us and Fight Trump

Subscribe to Wall-of-Us, which offers a weekly collection of actions to push back against Trump.

Encouraging greater activism is the goal of Wall-of-Us, which says on its home page, “He promised a wall. He will be stopped by a wall of us.”

Every Sunday it sends out four actions that you can take over the course of the coming week. Some are timely, some are long term. All provide food for thought and fuel for concrete action.

 

See the Wall-of-Us home page:

https://www.wall-of-us.org

 

See Brick by Brick, its victory page:

https://www.wall-of-us.org/brick-by-brick/

 

Subscribe to Wall-of-Us:

https://www.wall-of-us.org/subscribe/

 

Donate to Wall-of-Us:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/wall-of-us?refcode=nav

 

Like its Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/1beautifulwall/

 

Follow Wall-of-Us on Twitter:

@1beautifulwall

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Learn Whether and When to Freak Out Over Bills Moving Through Congress

ICYMI: A while back, various corners of the internet whipped themselves into a minor freakout over H.R. 193, a bill that, if passed, would withdraw the United States from the United Nations.

In this Medium post, former Congressional aide Emily Ellsworth explains why H.R. 193 won’t go anywhere, and shows you how to spot the bills that could become laws.

To summarize her points:

No more than three percent of all bills became laws during the last four Congressional sessions.

Members of Congress introduce bills for lots of reasons, and making law isn’t necessarily one of them. They’re just as likely to offer a bill to:

 

Look productive

Roust their base

Please activists

Generate headlines back home

 

She offers three tools for following legislation that matters to you, and schooling yourself on them before you call your members of Congress about them:

https://www.govtrack.us

https://www.countable.us

https://www.popvox.com

 

Also, when looking at a bill’s prospects to become law, keep these thoughts in mind:

How many times has the bill been introduced before without going anywhere? If the answer is “a whole honking lot,” it’ll probably stall this time too.

Bills get referred to relevant Congressional committees. Do the bill’s sponsors and cosponsors actually sit on the right committee? If not, its chances aren’t that great.

Is the timing right? A bill that has to do with Standing Rock and the pipeline under construction will probably get more traction now than a general environmental bill.

How well does the bill suit the broader plans of the majority party? Congressional leaders will likely prioritize those.

 

…And this is where we at OTYCD feel compelled to admit a possible mistake.

About 10 days ago we wrote a blog post asking you to oppose H.R. 490, a bill that would ban abortion upon detection of a heartbeat. Its sponsor, Iowa Republican Steve King, dubbed it the Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017.

While it is a legitimate bill and King evidently hasn’t introduced something like it in previous sessions of Congress, it’s likely to wither and die. As of February 4, the Govtrack.com site says it has yet to be referred to a committee, and the Govtrack summary of the bill cites Predictgov odds of passage at 4 percent.

We will continue to watch this house bill and other bills of interest, but we admit (and, frankly, hope) H.R. 490 may well go nowhere.

See the Govtrack.com summary of H.R. 490:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr490

See the OTYCD post on H.R. 490:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/01/23/call-your-house-rep-and-oppose-h-r-490-an-abortion-ban-bill/

 

 

 

Postcard Campaigns · Russian Scandal, Emoluments Clause · Thank You Actions

Thank These Lawyers for Suing Trump

Numerous ethics experts and lawyers warned that Donald Trump’s business entanglements would place him in violation of the Constitution the instant that he took office as president.

On Monday, January 23, the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) brought suit against the newly sworn-in president. Please send thank-you postcards to the team that is pursuing the case.

The New York Times story on the suit is below, and the addresses are below the link. Note this intriguing paragraph, which appears deep in the article:

“Mr. Eisen said the legal team intended to use the lawsuit to try to get a copy of Mr. Trump’s federal tax returns, which are needed to properly assess what income or other payments or loans Mr. Trump has received from foreign governments.”

So, this lawsuit might achieve another worthy goal, too–forcing Trump to release his tax returns, which his senior advisor Kellyanne Conway recently said he would not do, despite the fact that almost 600,000 people have signed a whitehouse.gov petition asking him to do so. (If you want to sign the petition, which closes on Feb 19, go here: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/immediately-release-donald-trumps-full-tax-returns-all-information-needed-verify-emoluments-clause-compliance)

 

Please send thank-you postcards to:

 

Erwin Chemerinsky

Norman Eisen

Deepak Gupta

Richard W. Painter

Zephyr Teachout

Laurence H. Tribe

c/o Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)

455 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Sixth Floor

Washington, DC 20001