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Headsup: The FEC Deadline for Q4 Is at the End of December

Headsup: The Federal Election Commission’s donation deadline for the fourth quarter of 2019 is at the end of the month. 


We’re giving you an extra, early headsup about the FEC Q4 deadline because it falls on December 31, 2019–a time of year when many of us have to plan extra-carefully, between buying gifts for the holidays and sorting out donations to other charities before the calendar year ends.


If you have money to spare, now is the time to give to sitting Democratic members of Congress, Democrats who have declared their intent to run against Republicans in 2020, and Democratic candidates for president.


Fairly or not, quarterly fundraising numbers are considered a sign of a candidate’s strength. Giving money to a candidate or a Congressperson who’s up for re-election in 2020 before a quarterly FEC deadline is a way to cast a vote for that candidate with dollars instead of a ballot.


In addition to giving to members of your Congressional delegation who are up in 2020, you can donate to Democrats who are taking heat from Republicans on the regular, to show tangible support for them.


It’s equally wise to cast a “vote” for Congressional Democrats who are quietly getting things done but not drawing any media attention.


We’re putting this post up one month before the actual deadline, to give you extra time to sort out your finances and see what you can do. We’ll put up another reminder one week ahead of the deadline as well as on the day, and we’ll keep doing quarterly reminders about FEC deadlines in perpetuity.


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Action Alerts · Call Your Members of Congress · Impeachment Proceedings

Impeachment Inquiry, November 30 Update


Call your Members of Congress (MoCs) to express support for the impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives, and encourage all your friends across the country to do the same. 


Also, your 2019 To-Do List:


And if you need to do something NowRightNow to fight against [Fresh Horror]:


So. The House of Representatives has finally opened an impeachment inquiry.


Trump’s actions in the Ukraine scandal kicked it off, but since then, there’s been an absolute torrent of news about impeachable offenses and things relating to impeachable offenses.


This is of course on top of the vast, wobbling pile of impeachable offenses that Trump had racked up from pretty much the instant he finished taking the oath on Inauguration Day 2017.


What you need to be doing now is calling your MoCs every day to support the impeachment inquiry, and you need to ask friends and family in red states to do the same.


Yes, you need to do this even though only the House of Representatives is directly involved right now.Once the House draws articles of impeachment, they go to the Senate, where the 100 senators serve as a jury. Even though it’s not the Senate’s turn yet, you need to pressure your Senators and keep impeachment on their radar.


Yes, you need to make these calls even if you have bullheaded blood-red GOP Senators. Their offices log all the calls they get on various issues, even if they don’t agree with the stances of the constituents who call. You can pressure them and make them sweat through the brute force of the volume of the calls.


Here’s the thing. OTYCD is largely written by me, Sarah Jane, and since the news of the Ukraine whistleblower’s complaint came to light, events have moved too fast for me to write and rewrite a calling script over the course of the day that’s tailored to reflect the most recent events. I’m not in a position to be able to update impeachment inquiry calling scripts 24/7 on the fly.


Before you call, check the Twitter feed of Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter), so you can tailor your comment about the impeachment inquiry to the day’s events. 


She is quick on the draw with calling scripts, and will have a template you can use or adapt when making your calls to MoCs.


Important backstory: Impeachment starts in the House of Representatives before moving to the Senate. An impeachment inquiry, which is what’s happening now, is pretty much like the grand jury stage of legal proceedings—witnesses are called, and a fair amount is done in secret.


When you hear the phrase “impeachment and removal,” that refers to the House acting to impeach and the Senate voting to remove Trump from the office of the president. While the U.S. Congress has impeached presidents, none have been removed—they’ve either quit before the Senate trial and vote, or the Senate voted to acquit.


Only the House is actively involved in impeachment proceedings right now. Your House rep may be in a position to act on the impeachment inquiry. Your calls to your rep should focus on things your rep can do.


You should call your Senators even though the Senate is not involved yet. These calls should start with “I realize the House is still working on impeachment” or some other statement that recognizes it’s not yet with the Senate.


Rephrase your statement for your House rep in terms that ask your Senators to publicly support the recent actions of House Dems, or to make note of the recent actions and ready themselves to be jurors.


Another point I like to hit when talking to my Senators, who are both Dems, is to talk to their GOP colleagues. I’ve asked them to stress the fact that we’ve had almost three years to watch Trump’s performance in the job, and the only thing he’s learning is how to stifle oversight and abuse the powers of the presidency more effectively. I also ask them to voice the fact that things are only going to get worse, not better, until Trump is impeached and removed.


Point friends and family to Celeste’s feed as well, or copy and paste Pewter’s latest script and send it to them, if that works best.


Making phone calls is still the best way to reach your MoCs. If it’s after hours or a weekend, leave a voicemail. If you can’t call your reps, email them.


Help friends find their MoCs and the relevant contact information for each of the three.


Give them all the help and support they need to make the calls. Don’t nag. Just encourage, and celebrate every action they take.


After you make your daily MoC calls, please show your appreciation for Celeste Pewter in some fashion.


You can follow her on Twitter: @Celeste_Pewter


You can donate money to her through her Ko-fi:


You can tweet about calling your MoCs, using the #ICalledMyReps hashtag.


You can follow @ICalledMyReps on Twitter.


And you can subscribe to her peerless newsletter, It’s Time to Fight:


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Believe It, You Matter, Part VII: Avenge Merrick Garland

This OTYCD post originally appeared in April 2018.


Believe It, You Matter, Part VII: Avenge Merrick Garland.


Sarah Jane here. (I write all the Believe It, You Matter entries.)


I went to as many of the big anti-Trump rallies that I could attend in 2017–the Women’s March, the Science March, the Tax March–you name it, I tried to go.


The signs at these protests were goddamn amazing. Going into the Science March, I realized I needed to up my sign game. I seriously thought about toting one that said:



Because it made me laugh. Merrick Garland is an inherently nice guy. That’s one of the big reasons why President Barack Obama nominated him for the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS)–everybody likes Merrick.


The idea of avenging the nicest, most likable federal judge who’s not yet on the Supreme Court struck me as funny. But I ultimately decided that the message wasn’t science-y enough. Instead I made a sign that said:



…and that got many laughs and compliments.


Still, I keep coming back to the idea of avenging Merrick Garland.


Let me pause to explain who Merrick Garland is, for those who forgot or who came late to the discussion. Garland is a federal judge who Obama nominated to the SCOTUS seat that opened when Antonin Scalia unexpectedly died in February 2016.


As I stated above, Obama chose Garland with purpose and calculation. Garland was 63 at the time–not a young man–and he had long reaped praise from both sides of the aisle. If Garland got a hearing, he’d be chosen for the court. No question.


Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell countered by … not giving Garland a hearing in the Senate. McConnell, who is known for his asshole moves, topped himself with this one. The New York Times summed it up well by calling it “an aggressive break with protocol.” McConnell came up with a bullshit rationale about not letting a president in his last year in office pick a SCOTUS candidate, and he self-righteously stuck to his bullshit rationale throughout.


You know the rest. Trump got elected, and he filled the open seat with Neil Gorsuch–an  inferior choice for SCOTUS, and a noxiously partisan one.


But that’s not the whole story. When Trump got elected, you and I and so many more were shocked into action. We mobilized. We organized. We stepped up. We came out. We fought back, and we haven’t stopped fighting back.


This is where avenging Merrick Garland comes in.


If the angry, alert, civically-engaged network we built after Trump’s election had existed at the time of Garland’s nomination, he’d probably be sitting on the court now. We would have rallied and called our Senators until they relented and gave the man a hearing. And if Garland had gotten a hearing, he almost certainly would have won the SCOTUS seat.


You can avenge Merrick Garland by staying alert, staying civically engaged, and staying ready to mobilize and petition your elected officials when they try to flout rules and norms and get away with outrages against democracy.


Trump will go, but you must not. Do not drift away after he leaves. Sure, let yourself rest. But we need you to come back, and we need you to keep fighting. For Merrick Garland’s sake.


Read about Obama’s choice of Garland, and McConnell’s refusal to hold a hearing for him:



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Escape Your Bubble: Support Republican Women for Progress

This OTYCD post originally appeared in June 2018.


Escape your bubble by checking out and supporting Republican Women for Progress (RWFP).


RWFP is the successor organization to Republican Women for Hillary. Founded in May 2016 by Jennifer Pierotti Lim (who spoke on the closing night of the Democratic National Convention) and Meghan Milloy. It proves that liberal Republicans aren’t dead, and it’s devoted to supporting Republican women who share its decidedly unTrumpy, markedly saner vision for the party of Lincoln.


Obligatory warning, with apologies for bonking you over the head with this: RWFP is the creation of Republicans. Its founders hold at least some different political beliefs than you do. That means they’ll sometimes say things and do things that don’t match your beliefs, and might piss you off well and thoroughly. That’s ok. Really, it’s OK. You’re being asked to look at what they’re doing and support what you like, not endorse every last little everything they do. They understand the danger of Trump–that’s the key thing. One of the reasons this country is so borked right now is we’re fiercely polarized and, in avoiding jerks who disagree with us, we end up avoiding decent people who happen to disagree with us. That’s got to stop if we want to make things better.


Read assorted articles about the origin and the evolution of RWFP:



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Learn First Aid and CPR, or Refresh Your Skills

This OTYCD entry originally posted in August 2017.


Learn first aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or brush up your skills.


Knowing the right thing to do when things go pear-shaped helps you gain control over a crazy situation. For this reason, you might want to learn first aid and CPR if you don’t already know them, or refresh your skills if it’s been a while since you took a class.


If you know how to revive adults, you may want to seek a class devoted to performing CPR on children and infants–their needs are different. Same again for first aid–the needs of kids and babies are different from those of adults.


The Red Cross provides several options for learning all forms of first aid:


It also offers one-stop shopping for those wanting to learn CPR or needing a refresher course:


The National Safety Council gives training in first aid and CPR:


The American Heart Association is another great resource for learning CPR:


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Learn To Be An Ally To Transgender People

Learn to be an ally to transgender people with the help of a guide from the National Center for Transgender Equality.


Transgender people have come under attack during the Trump administration almost from Inauguration Day. Department of Education head Betsy DeVos has tried to rescind Obama-era guidance on transgender students in schools. Trump himself infamously tweeted a ban on transgender people serving in the military (as of early November, courts have blocked his demand).


You might be baffled by transgenderism. That’s ok as long as you do your damnedest not to express it in a jerk-like way to actual living, breathing transgender folks.


The NCTE guide answers questions you might have and generally helps you avoid behaving like a jerk. It also includes links to other valuable explainers.


Some basics:

Use the language that the transgender person applies to themselves, but be aware that different transgender people might and often do rely on different language.


If you’re unclear on what pronouns to use, ask.


Just as you wouldn’t ask a person struggling with infertility nosy questions about medical treatments or adoption, you should not ask a transgender person about hormones or surgeries.


The guide also covers what you can do at work, at school, as a citizen, and in various social situations to support transgender people.



Read Supporting the Transgender People in Your Life: A Guide to Being a Good Ally:



See the main page for the National Center for Transgender Equality:



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