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Support Orange Ribbons for Jaime, Which Is Dedicated to a Victim of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting

Support Orange Ribbons for Jaime, which is dedicated to Jaime Guttenberg, who died in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in February 2018.

 

Founded by Jaime’s father, Fred, Orange Ribbons for Jaime celebrates the 14-year-old’s life and loves. In addition to supporting the world of competitive dance, anti-bullying initiatives, and children who have special needs, it helps organizations that seek to understand and reduce gun violence in public places.

 

Orange was Jaime’s favorite color. It also happens to be the color of the gun safety movement. Her father hopes that the gun safety movement will adopt the orange ribbon as its symbol.

 

 

See the website for Orange Ribbons for Jaime:

https://orangeribbonsforjaime.org/

 

 

See its About Us page:

https://orangeribbonsforjaime.org/about/

 

 

Donate to Orange Ribbons for Jaime:

https://orangeribbonsforjaime.org/donate/

 

 

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 it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OrangeRibbonsforJaime/

 

 

Follow Fred Guttenberg on Twitter:

@fred_guttenberg

 

 

A note: We at OTYCD intend to nurture and encourage the movement sparked by the Margory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting by devoting one post at least every other week to gun safety-related issues.

 

The reason that the NRA has a death grip on Congress, and in particular, GOP Congressfolk, is that NRA members get off their asses and call if there’s a whisper of a muttering of a hint that a law might pass that could impose even the slightest imposition on ownership of guns in America.

 

That’s what the politicians are afraid of. It’s not just that some of them get metric buttloads of money for their campaigns from the NRA. Those who embrace the NRA’s outlook pounce on their phones and berate their representatives the instant they think their beloved guns are under threat.

 

So, yes, it’s on us to shout back.

 

We have to adopt the tactics of those who support the NRA.

 

We have to call our representatives often to make it damn clear that the status quo is unacceptable, and we want common-sense gun safety laws.

 

OTYCD will start out with one weekday post every two weeks, at minimum, that has to do with improving gun safety and pushing back against the NRA.

 

We do this in honor of the Parkland victims, and all victims of mass shootings in America, and everyone who has been fighting to change our laws on firearms all along.

 

If Trump finally bows to the will of Congress and imposes the sanctions against Russia for messing with the 2016 election, we will switch to devoting one post per week to these issues.

 

Honor the victims of the Parkland shooting, and all other shootings, by stepping up and calling your reps about common-sense gun safety laws, and by supporting politicians who have low grades from the NRA, and voting out those who do the NRA’s bidding.

 

#NeverAgain. For the love of all that is right and good, Never Again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Support National Die-in Day on June 12, 2018

Support National Die-in Day on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, and attend the event in Washington, D.C., if you can. 

 

National Die-in Day is the brainchild of two young Orlando, Florida natives, Amanda Fugleberg and Frank Kravchuk. It will take place on the second anniversary of the shooting at the Pulse nightclub, which killed 49.

 

As of late May, the event is planned for Washington, D.C., with no satellite events announced. It will take place in front of the Capitol building and will begin with a rally for gun reform at 10:30 am and culminate in a 12-minute die-in at noon. The timespan was chosen because it lasts 700 seconds, which represents how many have died in mass shootings since the attack at Pulse.

 

 

In addition to joining the event and boosting the #NationalDieInDay hashtag, you can donate to a GoFundMe set up for the event:

https://www.gofundme.com/nationaldiein?member=215408

 

 

You can also like the National Die-in Day Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/National-Die-In-Day-1798187990238689/

 

 

And you can follow it on Twitter:

@NationalDieIn

 

 

Read about plans for the June 12 National Die-in:

https://www.advocate.com/crime/2018/5/26/two-years-after-pulse-massacre-national-die-planned-dc

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/may/21/us-gun-control-protest-high-school-die-in-day

 

 

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Help Vote Out the Florida Legislators Who Refused to Open Debate on an Assault Weapons Ban in Their State

Help vote out the Florida legislators who voted against opening debate on a bill that would have banned assault weapons in their state.

 

Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) High School is located in Parkland, Florida. The Valentine’s Day 2018 massacre killed 17 and injured at least 14.

 

The first relevant bill to come up in the Florida legislature following the MSD shooting was HB 219, an assault weapons ban sponsored by Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, a Democrat from Orlando, site of the Pulse nightclub attack in 2017, which killed 50. The killers in both the MSD attack and the Orlando incident used semi-automatic weapons, which are often called “assault weapons”.

 

The vote, conducted on February 20, 2018, was about moving the bill from the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee to the House floor, so the full legislative body could begin debate.

 

The vote split along party lines: 36 Democrats voted yes, and 71 Republicans voted no. (Ten others did not vote, and three seats in the Florida house are currently empty.)

 

Some students from MSD were present in the chamber for the vote.

 

They already knew that federal-level representatives were not the only thing standing in the way of saner gun laws, but this was cold, hard proof of the fact.

 

The day after the vote, MSD shooting survivor and senior David Hogg (@davidhogg111) tweeted, “Hope you guys enjoyed being Politicians! “, and included a screenshot showing the name of each Florida house member and how they voted on whether to move HB 219 ahead.

 

If you live in Florida, please check this list and see how your state House rep voted. Call them or email them to thank them if they voted yes or scorn them if they voted no. If you don’t live in Florida, watch for campaigns by Sister District, Flippable, and Postcards to Voters (Tony the Democrat’s effort) that target Florida House candidates.

 

Every single member of Florida’s House will be up for re-election in November. Identify those who need to be voted out, and do what you can to make that happen.

 

 

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See the full roll call for how the Florida House voted on the question of moving HB 219 forward on February 20, 2018:

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2018/02/21/how-they-voted-the-roll-call-on-assault-weapons-ban/

 

 

Here’s another story on the same topic, but with contact info for each of the 71 Florida House reps who voted no:

https://www.local10.com/news/parkland-school-shooting/here-is-the-list-of-the-71-who-voted-against-bringing-hb-219-to-florida-house-floor

 

 

And here’s a New York Times piece on how righteously pissed-off MSD students are pressuring the hell out of Florida Republicans. It includes a photo of MSD students watching the February 20, 2018 vote:

 

A note: We at OTYCD intend to nurture and encourage the movement sparked by the Margory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting by devoting one post at least every other week to gun safety-related issues.

 

The reason that the NRA has a death grip on Congress, and in particular, GOP Congressfolk, is that NRA members get off their asses and call if there’s a whisper of a muttering of a hint that a law might pass that could impose even the slightest imposition on ownership of guns in America.

 

That’s what the politicians are afraid of. It’s not just that some of them get metric buttloads of money for their campaigns from the NRA. Those who embrace the NRA’s outlook pounce on their phones and berate their representatives the instant they think their beloved guns are under threat.

 

So, yes, it’s on us to shout back.

 

We have to adopt the tactics of those who support the NRA.

 

We have to call our representatives often to make it damn clear that the status quo is unacceptable, and we want common-sense gun safety laws.

 

OTYCD will start out with one weekday post every two weeks, at minimum, that has to do with improving gun safety and pushing back against the NRA.

 

We do this in honor of the Parkland victims, and all victims of mass shootings in America, and everyone who has been fighting to change our laws on firearms all along.

 

If Trump finally bows to the will of Congress and imposes the sanctions against Russia for messing with the 2016 election, we will switch to devoting one post per week to these issues.

 

Honor the victims of the Parkland shooting, and all other shootings, by stepping up and calling your reps about common-sense gun safety laws, and by supporting politicians who have low grades from the NRA, and voting out those who do the NRA’s bidding.

 

#NeverAgain. For the love of all that is right and good, Never Again.

 

 

Common-sense Gun Laws · Community Activism · Elections · Stand Up for Civilization · Stand Up for Norms

Support Change the Ref, Created By the Parents of Joaquin “Guac” Oliver, Who Died in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Attack

Support Change the Ref, created by the parents of Joaquin “Guac” Oliver, who was one of the 17 who died in the attack on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

 

Manuel and Patricia Oliver started Change the Ref after they lost their 17-year-old son in the shooting at his high school on Valentine’s Day 2018.

 

According to a Washington Post article, the organization’s name came from a frustrating basketball game Oliver played days before he died:

 

“The name of the organization was inspired by a conversation Oliver had with his son only days before he was killed. Joaquin and Manuel were frustrated by a basketball referee’s calls during a game they were playing.

Joaquin noted that the referee may have had connections with the other team.

“Immediately [after the shooting] I remembered that conversation I had with my son, about the need to have a fair game and the need to change the ref,” Oliver said. “If we have politicians that have agreements with powerful groups or lobbyists, they don’t have even an intention of starting a debate.”

 

Change the Ref is dedicated to the memory of Joaquin and those who died in the Parkland shooting. It exists to engage young people and help them learn to be activists for causes that matter to them.

 

Initially, Change the Ref hopes to do this by offering scholarships, hosting town halls, forums, and speaking events at colleges, as well as workshops for budding activists. It also intends to create an app that will help young voters research issues and candidates.

 

 

Visit the Change the Ref webpage:

http://www.changetheref.org

 

 

See its About page:

http://www.changetheref.org/about/

 

 

Donate to Change the Ref (as of mid-April 2018, this GoFundMe had raised almost $35,000 of its $100,000 goal):

https://www.gofundme.com/changetheref

 

 

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 Change the Ref on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ChangeTheRef/

 

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@ChangeTheRef

 

 

Buy Change the Ref merch:

https://shopchangetheref.org

 

 

Read an April 14, 2018 Washington Post article about Change the Ref, which includes a link to a video of Manuel creating a mural in honor of his son:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2018/04/14/he-lost-his-son-in-parkland-now-he-is-using-art-to-demand-change/?utm_term=.a5d97524034c

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Organize a March For Our Lives: 50 Miles More Event in Your State (If You’re a High School Student)

Are you a student? Organize a March for Our Lives: 50 Miles More event in your state.

 

In late March 2018, a group of about 50 high school students in Wisconsin marched from Madison to Janesville, the home base of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, to protest Congressional inaction on common-sense gun laws.

 

The students were inspired by March for Our Lives, the movement started by the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas attack in Parkland, Florida, as well as the 1965 Selma to Montgomery civil rights march, which spanned 54 miles.

 

Their website states the following demands:

  • Military-style weapons, and all weapons of war, should be banned from civilian society.
  • All accessories that turn semi-automatic weapons into automatic weapons, such as bump stocks, should be banned.
  • Four day waiting period on all gun purchases.
  • Require background checks on all gun sales.
  • Raise the legal purchasing age of all guns to 21.

 

The Wisconsinites completed their march on March 28. Now they’re asking their peers in other states to follow their example and host similar events before the mid-term elections in 2018.

 

If you are a high school student who wants to plan a march in your home state, fill out the form on the page below, and someone will contact you:

 

Host your own #50MilesMore march:

https://50milesmore.org/host-march/

 

 

See the main 50 Miles More website:

https://50milesmore.org

 

 

See the 50 Miles More Mission Statement:

https://50milesmore.org/about-us/#50MM-MISSION

 

 

See the 50 Miles More Policy Demands page:

https://50milesmore.org/about-us/#50MM-POLICYDEMANDS

 

 

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Donate to 50 Miles More:

https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/donate-support-50-miles-more-march-for-our-lives?source=direct_link&

 

 

Like 50 Miles More on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/50MilesMore/

 

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@50MilesMore

 

 

Read about the original Wisconsin 50 Miles More march:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/03/27/wisconsin-students-marching-50-miles-paul-ryans-hometown-action-gun-laws/461407002/

 

 

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Support Companies Who Have Cancelled Their FedEx Accounts

Support companies who have cancelled their shipping accounts with FedEx over its refusal to cut ties with the National Rifle Association (NRA).

 

If you run a business, sooner or later, you have to ship things. If you make and sell products for the general public, shipping is your lifeblood. Reliable shipping companies are worth more than gold. You don’t dump them on a whim.

 

To explain how FedEx became a problem in the first place, we at OTYCD need to give you some background information.

 

In late February 2018, following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the American public pressured several big brands to withdraw discounts and other benefits that they had offered to NRA members. (Scroll down to see a New York Times article that lists the entities that cut ties.)

 

One company, Delta Airlines, suffered for its stance when the state government of Georgia, home to the airline, punished it by passing a tax relief bill that pointedly excluded a $40 to 50 million tax break on jet fuel that had once been part of the bill.

 

Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle went so far as to tweet on February 26:

I will kill any tax legislation that benefits unless the company changes its position and fully reinstates its relationship with . Corporations cannot attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back.

 

Because Delta did not actually have the tax break when Cagle made his threat on social media, it’s unclear if the lieutenant governor broke the law. (Scroll down for a Politifact article that addresses this question.)

 

Delta countered that only 13 people had used the NRA discount, which was for group travel. In a memo to Delta employees issued on March 2, 2018, CEO Ed Bastian said,  “Our decision was not made for economic gain and our values are not for sale. We are in the process of a review to end group discounts for any group of a politically divisive nature.”

 

Background over.

 

FedEx has declined to end its relationship with the NRA. A February 27, 2018 Time magazine story quotes an unnamed spokesperson for the company, saying it “has never set or changed rates for any of our millions of customers around the world in response to their politics, beliefs or positions on issues.” (Scroll down for the Time story.)

 

Around the same time, FedEx issued a formal statement that it later updated to address other concerns about its relationship with the NRA. See the full statement:

https://about.van.fedex.com/newsroom/fedex-responds-questions-national-rifle-association-gun-safety-policy/

 

 

Because of Fedex’s refusal to quit working with the NRA, several companies, some known and many less well-known, are taking their business elsewhere.

 

This is a landing page that lists companies who have quit FedEx over its refusal to quit the NRA. We at OTYCD ask you to support these business that have left FedEx with your dollars. Failing that, please follow the social media accounts of these companies and their leaders.

 

 

Rancho Gordo, a Napa Valley-based seller of heirloom beans. In a February 28, 2018 San Francisco Chronicle article, Rancho Gordo founder Stephen Sando said, “To me, this is a moral issue… These kids who survived (the shooting) are amazing, and I want to do something to support them. It’s beyond politics at this point.” He stated that Rancho Gordo paid about $500,000 to FedEx for shipping services in 2017.

 

Over several days in late February, he tweeted the following messages from the @RanchoGordo Twitter account:

 

My dear : We’re having a management meeting this week to determine our relationship with you. Your silence re is making our decision easier. Please make a public statement. We would rather you were a partner instead of a problem.

This has been a very hard couple of days for us but nothing compared to the families that have suffered from the stranglehold on our congress.

You are doing the work that congress is too chicken to do. Congrats to you for your common sense efforts. Thank you!

NRA is wild. Yesterday all the complaints referred to my “emotional” decision. Not one, but many. Today they all talk about “knee jerk” reactions. I love the coordination but to be clear: This was a slow and painful decision to drop and I still hope they come around.

A blanket response for all the trolls: This is not about the 2nd Amendment. This is about the ‘s abuse of power and disgusting response to a massacre of children.

 

 

You can buy Rancho Gordo products through its website:

https://www.ranchogordo.com

 

 

 

Jeni’s Ice Cream. Founder Jeni Britton Bauer first revealed her thoughts in a late February Instagram post (@jenibrittonbauer) that said:

  • jenibrittonbauer@fedex @fedexhelp#teamjenis loves you! But we’re not playing around. Our customers are demanding action from us. Drop your support of the NRA or we will be looking at other options. That’s almost 100,000 shipments — and more projected this year.

 

On February 26 on her Twitter account (@JeniSplendid), she said:

Listen, we [heart emoji] you but team Jeni’s will begin to explore other options today. We are not your biggest customer, but you KNOW we’re not small either. Remember that semi truck you docked on our bay just for us last holiday? Drop your support of the please.

 

The next day, she tweeted the following, which might be worrisome but does not actually say anything about staying with FedEx:

I spent much of yesterday having long and respectful conversations with people who have different views than my own. I’m feeling energized and inspired by those and will continue to listen! Thank you! I am only ONE voice at Jeni’s. There are many others.

 

We at OTYCD will continue to check in on the situation. If Jeni’s does not follow through with switching to another shipper, we will update accordingly. In the meantime, please encourage her to keep her word and take her business elsewhere.

 

It should be noted that Bauer probably faces the toughest choice of any manufacturer on this list because she deals exclusively in perishables. Having a shipping company that she can trust to deliver ice cream without it turning into a puddle of sweet soup before it reaches her customers is vital. The stakes are higher for her.

 

You can buy Jeni’s ice cream through its website:

https://jenis.com

 

 

Other companies that have turned away from FedEx over its NRA stance can only be supported indirectly, but it’s worth the effort.

 

World of Wonder, which produces the television shows RuPaul’s Drag Race, Million-Dollar Listing, and others, has stopped relying on FedEx.

 

On February 27, Randy Barbato, Co-CEO of World of Wonder, tweeted:

I am proud to say that will no longer be using Fed Ex! Officially!

 

World of Wonder also announced the move on its website:

http://worldofwonder.net/world-of-wonder-will-no-longer-be-using-fedex-because-they-have-not-severed-ties-with-the-nra/

 

 

Hollywood talent agency ICM Partners has also quit FedEx over its refusal to drop the NRA. Forbes confirmed the news with ICM, which seems to have broken via a March 1, 2018 tweet from ICM client-actress Piper Perabo:

ICM Partners, one of the big talent agencies in Hollywood, just stopped using in light of discounts to . Thank you ICM. Your client, Piper Will you join us for ?

 

ICM Partners does not publish a complete list of people who it represents, but the Television section of its website names specific shows it’s had a hand in, its Concerts section leads to a search engine for its artist roster, and its Broadcasting section names and shows pictures of sportscasters, television journalists, and other well-known people who it works with in that realm.

http://www.icmpartners.com

 

 

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Read the February 28, 2018 article in which Stephen Sando of Rancho Gordo explains his decision:

https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/As-companies-distance-themselves-from-NRA-will-12718151.php?utm_campaign=twitter-premium&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=twitter-premium&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social

 

 

Read a February 28, 2018 Grub Street post about Jeni Britton Bauer’s interest in breaking her company’s relationship with FedEx:

http://www.grubstreet.com/2018/02/jenis-ice-cream-vows-fedex-boycott-over-nra-ties.html

 

 

Read the February 27, 2018 Time story that quotes FedEx on its intention to continue dealing with the NRA:

http://time.com/5178103/fedex-nra-boycott/

 

 

Read the March 1, 2018 Forbes piece that confirms that ICM Partners has stopped doing business with FedEx:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/merrillbarr/2018/03/01/icm-fedex-nra-guns-gun-industry/#c4c7b4b586b6

 

 

Read a February 24, 2018 piece from the New York Times that tallies the companies who have cut ties with the NRA:

 

Read a Politifact piece on whether or not Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle broke the law when he threatened Delta’s tax break in a tweet:

http://www.politifact.com/georgia/article/2018/mar/01/does-casey-cagles-tweet-delta-suggest-constitution/

 

 

Read a CNN story about the low number of people who availed themselves of Delta’s NRA discount:

http://money.cnn.com/2018/03/02/news/companies/delta-nra-discount-13-tickets/index.html

 

 

See an Atlanta Constitution-Journal story that reproduces Delta CEO Ed Bastian’s March 2, 2018 memo to employees:

https://www.ajc.com/business/wake-nra-flap-delta-reviewing-all-group-discounts-politically-divisive-nature/Ktzqmj9TT6e87jC6t9mrhI/

Call Your Members of Congress · Common-sense Gun Laws

Tell Your MoCs to Close the Boyfriend Loophole, Which Lets Stalkers and Domestic Abusers Buy Guns

Tell your members of Congress to support bills that would close the “boyfriend loophole,” which allows stalkers and domestic abusers to buy firearms because they are not married to their victims.

 

The dangers of the boyfriend loophole are stark and well-known. While married domestic abusers, and those under a restraining order for spousal abuse, are generally barred from gun ownership, no specific laws protect those in relationships outside of marriage, and no specific laws prevent stalkers from owning guns.

 

According to Everytown for Gun Safety, an independent nonpartisan organization that studies gun violence in America, if there’s a gun available in a domestic violence situation, the chances that a woman will be shot and killed are five times higher.

 

Congress introduced bills in both chambers in the middle of last year to address the problem. Both are named the ‘Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act of 2017’.

 

If passed, the law would bar convicted stalkers and abusive dating partners from buying and owning guns.

 

Anthony Brown, a Democrat from Maryland’s 4th District, sponsored the house version, H.R. 2670. Amy Klobuchar, a Democratic Senator from Minnesota, sponsored S. 1539.

 

Neither version has advanced since they were introduced. The Skopos Labs rating for each on their GovTrack pages are low–four percent for the House bill and seven percent for the Senate bill.

 

Sample script: “Dear [Senator/House Rep Lastname,] I am [Firstname Lastname from town, state]. I am calling to ask you to support [S.1539/H.R. 2670], the Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act of 2017. We know that domestic abusers are more likely to use guns to kill the people they claim to love. Our gun laws inadvertently have what’s been called a “boyfriend loophole” — abusers who are not married to their partners can buy and own guns, and convicted stalkers can, too. These bills would outlaw gun ownership and gun purchases by these two groups of people. Measures like these will save lives. Please support the version of the bill that’s in your chamber. Thank you.”

 

 

See the GovTrack page for H.R. 2670:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr2670

 

 

See the GovTrack page for S. 1539:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s1539

 

 

Visit the GovTrack homepage:

https://www.govtrack.us

 

 

Become a GovTrack Patreon:

https://www.patreon.com/govtrack

 

 

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!

 

 

See Everytown’s page on closing the boyfriend loophole:

https://everytownresearch.org/close-boyfriend-loophole-s-1539h-r-3207/
See the homepage for Everytown for Gun Safety:

https://everytownresearch.org

 

 

Join Everytown for Gun Safety:

http://act.everytown.org/signup/everytown-c3-join/

 

 

Donate to Everytown for Gun Safety:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/everytown-research/?source=etno_ETRHeader&utm_source=et_n_&utm_medium=_o&utm_campaign=ETRHeader

 

 

 

 

A note: We at OTYCD intend to nurture and encourage the movement sparked by the Margory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting by devoting one post at least every other week to gun safety-related issues.

 

The reason that the NRA has a death grip on Congress, and in particular, GOP Congressfolk, is that NRA members get off their asses and call if there’s a whisper of a muttering of a hint that a law might pass that could impose even the slightest imposition on ownership of guns in America.

 

That’s what the politicians are afraid of. It’s not just that some of them get metric buttloads of money for their campaigns from the NRA. Those who embrace the NRA’s outlook pounce on their phones and berate their representatives the instant they think their beloved guns are under threat.

 

So, yes, it’s on us to shout back.

 

We have to adopt the tactics of those who support the NRA.

 

We have to call our representatives often to make it damn clear that the status quo is unacceptable, and we want common-sense gun safety laws.

 

OTYCD will start out with one weekday post every two weeks, at minimum, that has to do with improving gun safety and pushing back against the NRA.

 

We do this in honor of the Parkland victims, and all victims of mass shootings in America, and everyone who has been fighting to change our laws on firearms all along.

 

If Trump finally bows to the will of Congress and imposes the sanctions against Russia for messing with the 2016 election, we will switch to devoting one post per week to these issues.

 

Honor the victims of the Parkland shooting, and all other shootings, by stepping up and calling your reps about common-sense gun safety laws, and by supporting politicians who have low grades from the NRA, and voting out those who do the NRA’s bidding.

 

#NeverAgain. For the love of all that is right and good, Never Again.

Call Your Members of Congress · Common-sense Gun Laws · Health Care · House Bills, Federal

Ask Your MoCs to Fund CDC Research Into the Causes of Gun Violence

Ask your MoCs to fund research allowing the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to study the effects of gun violence.

 

This post originally called for asking MoCs to repeal the Dickey Amendment, a 1996 law named for then-House Rep Jay Dickey, a Republican from Arkansas, which stated: “None of the funds made available in this title may be used, in whole or in part, to advocate or promote gun control.”

 

The Dickey amendment effectively stopped the CDC from researching the causes of gun violence and identifying ways to curtail it. It also effectively stopped the CDC from treating its epidemic of gun violence as, well, an epidemic, aka a public health problem.

 

But! The $1.3 trillion “omnibus” bill that Trump signed on Friday, March 23, 2018, contained a clarification in its ancillary materials that said the following: “While appropriations language prohibits the CDC and other agencies from using appropriated funding to advocate or promote gun control, the Secretary of Health and Human Services has stated the CDC has the authority to conduct research on the causes of gun violence.”

 

There’s the good news. The CDC is explicitly free to study what causes gun violence.

 

Now the bad news. The bill that was just passed? The bill that outlined $1.3 trillion in spending? It didn’t include any money for the CDC to research gun violence.

 

 

Time to call your MoCs and ask them to write a bill that gives the CDC money to study this important public health issue.

 

Sample script: “Dear [House Rep/Senator Lastname], I am [Firstname Lastname from town, state]. I am happy that the recently passed omnibus spending bill made it clear that the Center for Disease Control is free to study the causes of gun violence. Unfortunately, the bill did not include any funding for CDC research on this. I am asking you and your colleagues to consult with medical researchers and come up with a bill that would allow the CDC to get started on this important work. Thank you.”

 

 

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Read a March 22, 2018 article from The Atlantic that describes gun control measures in the omnibus spending bill:

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/03/congress-guns-fix-nics-baby-steps/556250/

 

 

 

Read a March 23, 2018 Washington Post piece on the same topic:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/03/23/hey-marchers-heres-what-congress-just-did-on-guns-and-what-it-probably-wont-do-anytime-soon/?utm_term=.4728c38dc54c

 

 

Read about HHS Secretary Azar’s openness to letting the CDC resume research on gun violence:

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/feb/15/alex-azar-hhs-signals-open-gun-violence-research/

 

 

Read a June 2016 piece from The Daily Beast on John Oliver demanding the repeal of the Dickey amendment following the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/john-oliver-blasts-the-nra-in-the-wake-of-orlando-repeal-the-dickey-amendment

 

 

Read a February 2018 article from The Atlantic on how the Dickey amendment has hobbled the CDC for decades:

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/02/gun-violence-public-health/553430/

 

 

A note: We at OTYCD intend to nurture and encourage the movement sparked by the Margory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting by devoting one post at least every other week to gun safety-related issues.

 

The reason that the NRA has a death grip on Congress, and in particular, GOP Congressfolk, is that NRA members get off their asses and call if there’s a whisper of a muttering of a hint that a law might pass that could impose even the slightest imposition on ownership of guns in America.

 

That’s what the politicians are afraid of. It’s not just that some of them get metric buttloads of money for their campaigns from the NRA. Those who embrace the NRA’s outlook pounce on their phones and berate their representatives the instant they think their beloved guns are under threat.

 

So, yes, it’s on us to shout back.

 

We have to adopt the tactics of those who support the NRA.

 

We have to call our representatives often to make it damn clear that the status quo is unacceptable, and we want common-sense gun safety laws.

 

OTYCD will start out with one weekday post every two weeks, at minimum, that has to do with improving gun safety and pushing back against the NRA.

 

We do this in honor of the Parkland victims, and all victims of mass shootings in America, and everyone who has been fighting to change our laws on firearms all along.

 

If Trump finally bows to the will of Congress and imposes the sanctions against Russia for messing with the 2016 election, we will switch to devoting one post per week to these issues.

 

Honor the victims of the Parkland shooting, and all other shootings, by stepping up and calling your reps about common-sense gun safety laws, and by supporting politicians who have low grades from the NRA, and voting out those who do the NRA’s bidding.

 

#NeverAgain. For the love of all that is right and good, Never Again.

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Help DC Local Ambassadors House Students Coming to Washington for the March for Our Lives

Help DC Local Ambassadors house students who are coming to Washington, D.C., for the March for Our Lives event on March 24, 2018.

 

Founded in 2017, DC Local Ambassadors helps organizations that plan marches and protests in D.C. by offering volunteers and helping with logistics.

 

Their current project is helping students who come to the city for the March for Our Lives pro-gun safety event arrange housing for the nights of March 23 and 24.

 

 

If you live in Washington, D.C., and can host out-of-town students, fill out the form at this link (you must be over the age of 21, have sufficient space, and must live in walking distance to public transportation):

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ForLodgingHost

 

 

If you are a student coming to D.C. for March for Our Lives and need housing, fill out the form at this link (the deadline is March 18, 2018):

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ForLodgingGuest

 

 

Also see the main March for Our Lives lodging page:

https://www.dcambs.org/lodging

 

 

If you don’t have the space, you can still volunteer in other ways with DC Local Ambassadors:

http://dcambs.us15.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=7226b7f33b93d067830d57870&id=aca2e9370e

 

 

If you don’t live near Washington, D.C., you can still help the cause.

 

 

See the DC Local Ambassadors webpage:

https://www.dcambs.org

 

 

Donate to DC Local Ambassadors:

https://www.razoo.com/story/Dcambs

 

 

Like its page on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/localambassadorsdc/

 

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@dc_ambs

 

 

Read news stories about DC Local Ambassadors:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/in-the-trump-era-a-new-dc-group-has-formed-to-help-activists-plan-their-protests/2017/06/19/b309a1fa-52c0-11e7-91eb-9611861a988f_story.html?utm_term=.cf60480fb0eb

 

https://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/news/article/20988277/banner-year-the-womens-march-kicked-off-a-new-era-of-activism-in-dc

 

 

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Keep Congress Focused on Passing Common-sense Gun Laws, Dammit

Keep Congress focused on passing common-sense gun laws, dammit. 

 

Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter) spotted this, explained what it means, and explained what to do. She gets full credit for alerting us at OTYCD. Please scroll down to the end of this post to thank her properly. And if you’re not following her yet on Twitter, please do so.

 

Following the Valentine’s Day 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at Parkland, Florida, new momentum is behind a long-standing public demand for improving America’s gun laws.

 

Congress, which in 2018 is controlled by Republicans, is dragging its feet. Senate leader Mitch McConnell explicitly said he wants to focus on banking regulation first.

 

Celeste Pewter is calling them out, and calling for us to demand that Congress get its priorities straight. Here is a series of tweets she issued on March 2, 2018:

 

This is going hand-in-hand with Paul Ryan’s actions in the House. He’s pushing the House version of Fix NICS (as Scalise did in the meeting w/ Trump), but don’t forget: the House version also pushes for Concealed Carry Reciprocity. [Ed note: NICS stands for the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System.]

[She ends this tweet with a link to a Politico article titled Ryan Throws Cold Water on Gun Control Push: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/27/paul-ryan-gun-control-426711]

 

Obvious statement is (probably) obvious, but they’re doing what I’ve seen in politics a lot: – vague promises of hoping to discuss this issue in the future, – blaming others for this not moving forward – lots of talk about other legislation, in the hopes of changing the story.

 

In the Senate’s case, McConnell wants to push forward with banking reform. (We’ll talk later why THIS is also a spectacularly bad idea, and how the GOP seems to be determined to drive us all to another financial crisis)’

[She ends this tweet with a link to a Reuters piece titled Senate to Consider Bill Next Week Easing Bank Rules: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-senate-banks/senate-to-consider-bill-next-week-easing-bank-rules-idUSKCN1GD667]

 

Instead of shrugging and saying nothing can be done – “because that’s politics” – here’s what we should be doing: – Keeping up phone calls/emails/letters/what have you. Even if it FEELS like it’s not doing anything, you want to be the persistent throne in your elected’s side.

 

I can’t tell you the number of times when issues have seemingly died down at work, but people kept calling and writing. If I received enough calls/emails, I’d tell my (politician) boss, and suggest we act. This was a facet of my job: telling him where attention was needed.

 

(This wasn’t just for his sake; it was for mine, too. If you tied up my phone lines, inbox and mail with enough messages, I *couldn’t* focus on anything else. I needed to focus on what constituents wanted me to focus on.)

 

– So call your Senators and tell them: 1. You want Fix NICS w/out Concealed Carry Reciprocity, 2. You want Feinstein/Flake’s bill addressing purchase age for AR-15s 3. You also want Feinstein’s Assault Weapons Ban. (Yes, you can say you want #2 & #3 at the same time.)

 

4. You want Manchin-Toomey’s original gun control bill. As Manchin said the other day, this bill was vetted for five years + had bipartisan support. But most importantly: You DEMAND – and will keep demanding – Leader McConnell let the Senate debate these bills NOW. Not later.

 

5. It doesn’t matter if your electeds are GOP. (Seriously.) Elected staff are human, and you need. to. keep. making. this. an issue. If you persist, tie up their phone lines until they can do nothing else, they will kick this up the chain, and ask their boss(es) what to do.

 

Also: I know these tweets are well-intentioned, but all of the tweets saying this Congress won’t act so just vote them out, are missing a big point. Yes, definitely vote out whomever doesn’t work for you. But you need to at least force the issue for your current electeds.

 

If our default response is to just say, “Wait until November, I’ll vote you out!” you are: 1. Letting your current electeds get away with it, and 2. Setting up an example that can repeat itself in the future. You need to at least try to force the system to work.

 

Otherwise, this cycle of axing the current elected will just repeat itself every single time you think your elected isn’t doing their job. Nothing will get done. Break that cycle, and force the system to work for you.

 

Cliff notes version: Congress is getting ready to move on from gun control. You are in a unique position to force a legislative priorities shift; don’t just wait until November to vote them out. Demand they recognize the mood of the country, and push for floor debates.

 

P.S. I’ll add: the reason I felt the impetus to tweet all of that, is because I’ve seen this before, from the legislative side. Don’t let Congressional leadership essentially fake you out w/ their decision to move onto banking reform. Be angry, and direct anger at *them*.

 

She followed this with a script, but we at OTYCD want to insert here some tweets she offered on March 2, 2018, on the same subject:

 

It’s 4:00 PM on the west coast, 7:00 PM on the east coast. Call your electeds, leave VMs and tell them: we’re not screaming for a Dodd-Frank fix, but we ARE screaming for . Do not let them move on next week, without hearing from you.

 

If you need more reason to be angry, do a cursory search of shooting-related stories that have come out in the last twenty-four hours. (Including false alarms) – Michigan. – Chino Hills. – Dallas. – Ohio. I know it’s normal to feel like Congress will never change on this.

 

But the truth is, our approach to this has to change. I always see a lot of: “This is politics, they’re all corrupt! Why bother?” type of tweets. No. Flip the script. These are a few individuals, beholden to thousands, if not millions of constituents. We have the upper hand.

 

But we need to keep that anger sustained. Calling once isn’t enough on this. It has to be a daily thing, until this becomes the one thing dominating their agenda. Make your calls. I’m back to writing, if you have any questions.

 

Celeste Pewter is asking us to do what OTYCD urged you all to do in its most recent posts on common-sense gun control: We have to adopt the tactics of NRA members. [We won’t append our tail text here as we’re basically repeating it below.]

 

While the NRA’s donations are problematic, and we should continue to shame politicians who take its money and boost those who don’t, money is not the NRA’s sole strength.

 

Just as important is the cadre of NRA members who jump into action at the merest whisper of a murmur of a hint that Congress might somehow, possibly, maybe, could be mulling legislation that could get in the way of their hobby.

 

If we’re going to change things and destroy the death grip that the NRA has on our politics, we have to call our MoCs about passing common-sense gun laws, and keep calling. In droves. We have to be relentless.

 

Here’s her script. Please act.

 

script – change as needed. – Fix NICS = Murphy/Cornyn bill. Concealed Carry needs to be stripped out. – Age 21 Act is Feinstein/Flake bill. – Feinstein wants an assault weapons ban. – Manchin-Toomey = background checks.

 

 

In addition to following her on Twitter (again, her handle is @Celeste_Pewter) you can support her in other ways.

 

After you call your MoCs, tweet about the experience using the #ICalledMyReps hashtag.

 

She founded The Road to 2018, an organization devoted to defending Democratic Senators who are vulnerable and up for re-election this year. See our post on it:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/02/25/support-the-road-to-2018-which-defends-democratic-senators/

 

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