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Comfort Bresha Meadows with Postcards

Send messages of love and support to Bresha Meadows, a teenage victim of domestic violence who shot and killed her abusive father, and recently accepted a plea deal that will lead to her release.

Meadows was 14 in July 2016 when she killed her father, Jonathan, who had directed physical and verbal abuse against her, her mother, and her brothers and sisters for years. Meadows ran away several times but was returned home each time.

A public outcry, led by the #FreeBresha campaign, prevented the Ohio courts from trying Meadows as an adult, which could have yielded a sentence of 25 years to life. She spent nine months in jail after her arrest, which worsened her depression and her PTSD. In May, she agreed to a deal where she pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter in exchange for 60 more days at an Ohio juvenile detention center, followed by six months in a counseling center near her home and two years’ probation. Because she is under 18, she will have a chance to seal her arrest record and ultimately have it purged.

Meadows has been through a lot in her young life. You can cheer her by sending her postcards that reflect your love and support.

Mail them to:

Bresha Meadows
c/o Ian N. Friedman, Esq.
Friedman & Nemecek, L.L.C.
The IMG Center
1360 E. 9th Street, Suite 650
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

#FreeBresha supporters also set up a GoFundMe campaign for her, to cover the expenses of the six months in counseling and other needs. It has reached its $150,000 goal, but is still accepting donations:

https://www.gofundme.com/BreshaM

 

Read more about Bresha Meadows and her case (Warning: Some stories include descriptions of the violence she witnessed and suffered):

http://www.teenvogue.com/story/bresha-meadowss-hearing-resulted-in-a-plea-deal

http://www.theroot.com/freebresha-bresha-meadows-accepts-plea-to-reduced-cha-1795440743

https://freebresha.wordpress.com/blog/

 

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Save This Tool for Tracking All the Laws and Executive Orders Trump Signs in 2017

It feels like Trump and his administration have been more active than a birthday party full of eight-year-olds hopped up on sugar and caffeinated soda and itching for a swing at the piñata.

Pinning down and understanding every law and executive order Trump has signed so far is almost a full-time job, but the team at Vice are up to the task.

Bookmark this web article that is tracking all the laws and executive orders Trump signs in 2017.

https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/all-the-laws-and-executive-orders-trump-has-signed-so-far

The Vice staff have done a capital job of identifying each bill and executive order Trump signs and putting them in a larger context, stating plainly what each will do, and who they will effect. It also includes relevant links to related Vice stories.

 

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Subvert the Global Gag Rule on Abortion by Donating to She Decides

Subvert the Republican global gag rule on abortion by donating to She Decides, an initiative that helps women around the world exercise their reproductive rights.

The Dutch government launched She Decides earlier this year after Trump reinstated the Mexico City Policy, which is better known as the “global gag rule.” First put forward in 1984 under President Ronald Reagan, it requires foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to refrain from “perform(ing) or promote(ing) abortion as a family planning method” if they want to receive U.S. funding for family planning programs. “Promoting” is construed to mean the mere discussion of abortion, hence the nickname “global gag rule”–if you want U.S. funds, you can’t even mention the existence of abortion to the people you help.

Since 1984, the global gag rule has come and gone, vanishing when Democratic presidents take office and returning from the dead when Republicans are elected. Trump took an evil, deadly, wrongheaded policy and made it that much more evil, deadly, and wrongheaded by expanding the types of funding that are linked to the global gag rule. Now anti-AIDS and HIV efforts, programs that assist mothers and babies, and other health-related assistance efforts are held hostage as well.

She Decides allows Americans (and indeed, anyone in the world) who wants to push back against the unconscionable effects of the global gag rule by supporting vital programs in developing countries. It channels funds to NGOs that suffer under the Mexico City policy–those that honor and act on straightforward factual information about sexual and reproductive health, and help women exercise the right to choose whether and when to have children, and choose how many they will have.

Donate to She Decides (you can make your contribution in euros or dollars, and you can donate anonymously):

https://www.shedecides.com/the-initiative.html

 

Like the She Decides Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/SheDecidesGFI/

 

Follow She Decides on Twitter:

@SheDecidesGFI

 

 

 

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Expand the Network of Trans-Friendly Bathrooms Across the Country

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/

Elections

Help Democrat Manka Dhingra Win a Washington State Senate Seat and Turn the Whole West Coast Blue

Help Democrat Manka Dhingra win a Washington state Senate seat in a special election on November 7, 2017. If she wins, she’ll flip the state blue, and flip the entire West coast blue, and give the Democrats a seventh state trifecta.

Dhingra is an Indian Sikh immigrant who serves as the senior deputy prosecutor in the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. She also supervises the Regional Mental Health Court and also the Veteran’s Court.

She wants to find ways to fund the public K-12 system without raising property taxes. She is against creating a state income tax. She wants to improve traffic flow and expand local light rail. She would increase government transparency, close tax loopholes, and expand mental health services. She embraces green technology and respects facts and data. She defends reproductive rights.

She has earned the endorsements of Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Washington Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, and Washington House Reps Suzan DelBene and Adam Smith. NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Planned Parenthood Votes NW & Idaho, the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, EMILY’s List, Democracy for America, the Washington chapter of the Sierra Club, and several unions.

 

See Dhingra’s campaign website:

http://www.electmanka.com/index.html

 

See her About page:

http://www.electmanka.com/about-manka-dhingra.html

 

See her Issues page:

http://www.electmanka.com/manka-dhingra-mission-and-vision.html#issues

 

Donate to Dhingra’s campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/flipwa45?refcode=Blog624

 

Like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/electmanka/

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@ElectManka

 

See Flippable’s page on her candidacy and the Washington state senate race:

https://www.flippable.org/washington/

 

See her Ballotpedia page:

https://ballotpedia.org/Manka_Dhingra

 

See an August 23, 2017 piece on her candidacy in The Stranger:

http://www.thestranger.com/news/2017/08/23/25368212/meet-manka-dhingra-the-eastside-democrat-who-could-end-republican-control-of-the-state-senate

 

Read a Seattle Times piece about the state Senate race:

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/washington-state-senate-race-results/

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Follow Mike Stuchbery on Twitter

Follow Mike Stuchbery, an Australian-born historian in Britain, on Twitter and other venues.

Stuchbery made waves in late July by brutally schooling the editor of Infowars on the ethnic makeup of Roman Britain (Infowars guy assumed it wasn’t; Stuchbery showed him just how diverse it was).

Stuchbery has since gone on to destroy alt-right nitwits on the regular. He does not suffer fools gladly. Indeed, he’s got a talent for making fools suffer. His comments on history are worth reading regardless. Check him out.

 

Follow Mike Stuchbery on Twitter:

@MikeStuchbery_

 

Read and subscribe to his blogs:

https://mikestuchberydotnet.wordpress.com

http://mike-stuchbery.org

 

Contribute to his Patreon (Stuchbery promises, “I will not just take the first month’s payment and buy a pet lizard. I will tell right-wing dickheads to get fucked at every opportunity.” As of mid-September, he’s $103 shy of his $500/month goal):

https://www.patreon.com/mikestuchbery_

 

Read about how he schooled that twerp from Infowars:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/27/alt-right-commentator-gets-schooled-historian-diversity-roman/

http://www.teenvogue.com/story/british-historian-gives-alt-right-commentator-a-history-lesson

 

If you need more proof that he’s a good guy, read about how he was pushing back against school bullying in 2014:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-30222229

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Read About What Makes Trump Look Bad to Red and Purple State Voters

Read this January thinkprogress.org piece on what truth about Trump makes him look bad to voters in red and purple states.

The Center for American Progress polled more than 1,000 voters in 14 states that tilt toward Trump and found that many have problems with the idea of Trump’s businesses taking money from foreign governments while he serves as president.

Specifically, the article states, “Seventy-one percent of voters in red or purple states think that Trump should not be allowed to receive payments from foreign governments through his businesses while he is President… Of voters who said that Trump shouldn’t be allowed to receive foreign payments while president, 54 percent said that Congress should take action to prevent it.”

The tangle of Russia scandals remain important, and we should never lose sight of the need to find out just what is going on there. But Trump’s ongoing violations of the emoluments clause of the Constitution carries weight, too, and we should press for a solution that ensures that he does not profit from the office of the presidency while he is serving.

https://thinkprogress.org/voters-think-trump-should-stop-getting-foreign-money-9a945b0f60f9#.r5jyuha64