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Help the Folks Who Toppled the Confederate Statue in Durham, N.C., Pay Their Legal Bills

Donate to the legal fund of the folks who toppled the Confederate statue that was on public land in Durham, North Carolina.

On August 14, a group of protestors pulled down a Confederate statue that was on public land in Durham. It had been there since 1924. This happened two days after the events of Charlottesville, Virginia, which had their origins in the community’s attempt to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee.

For what it’s worth, the Durham statue was not dedicated to an individual. It was dedicated ‘in memory of the boys who wore gray,’ a reference to the color of the uniform of the Confederate soldiers, and sported the seal of ‘The Confederate States of America.’

Read about the toppling, and see it in the PBS link:

http://time.com/4900779/durham-north-carolina-confederate-statue-pulled-down-protesters/

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/watch-protesters-pull-confederate-statue-north-carolina/

A few days after the statute was taken down, officials in Durham county began arresting those responsible on felony riot charges (despite there having been no actual riot) as well as some misdemeanors. As of August 20, when this post was written, the eight who were arrested had been bailed out, but they still have legal expenses. All are due in court on September 12, 2017.

 

You can help the eight pay their legal expenses through the Freedom Fighter Fund, set up by the Durham Solidarity Center:

http://durhamsolidaritycenter.org/bondfund/

 

You can read about the arrests and the charges against the eight here:

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/08/durham-arrests/537015/

http://www.heraldsun.com/news/local/counties/durham-county/article167929017.html

 

Also read about the Durham residents who offered themselves in a heartening and novel protest of the arrests of the eight activists. Many locals–we can’t seem to find a count or even an estimate, but the photos show long line–turned themselves in at the city’s jail in an ‘I am Spartacus’-style solidarity move to show support for the eight who removed the statue:

http://washingtonmonthly.com/2017/08/17/residents-of-durham-showed-us-what-patriotism-looks-like/

 

Also? Check this map from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Is there at least one Confederate monument in your community? Is it on public land? It’s time to take it down and destroy it, or move it to a more appropriate location, such as a museum or a Confederate cemetery.

https://www.splcenter.org/news/2017/08/15/send-letter-its-time-take-down-confederate-monuments

The SPLC is recommending that you send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper and ask for the monument’s removal, but we at OTYCD recommend you see if you can do more. Is there a local group that’s trying to get the monument removed? Join them and help them. Is there a local election coming up? Tell the candidates and incumbents that removing Confederate monuments on public land is important to you, and you won’t vote for anyone who won’t agree to take them away.

 

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Self-advocacy 101: Find Your Congressional Representatives

FWIW: This is the first-ever post to OTYCD, uploaded on January 7, 2017.

Before you can start pushing back against Trump, you need to know who represents you in Congress.

Find out who your Congressional representatives are by plugging your zip code and your state into this web site:

http://whoismyrepresentative.com/

This web site is better for learning who stands for you in the House of Representatives (plug in your zip code and it will narrow the choices to two. The name that seems more familiar to you is probably your House rep):

http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Once you have pinned down your two Senators and your House Rep, pull up their web pages. Scroll to the bottom. If their offices aren’t listed there, go to the Contact page and find them.

Pick the state office that is closest to you (*NOT the Washington D.C. one).

Find the phone number for that office.

Put it in your phone.

Repeat for your other two representatives.

Done!

* You can put the Washington, D.C. numbers in your phone, but call them last. You are far more likely to reach a real person if you call the district offices.

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Follow Your Congressional Reps on Social Media

Are you active on social media, even a little bit? Are you thinking about signing on?

Please follow the pages and accounts of your Congressional representatives.

Pull up the web pages of your three Congressional reps–your two senators and your house rep. Social media platform logos tend to show up at the top of the home page or the bottom. If they’re not there, try the Contact page.

Most members of Congress are on Facebook and Twitter. If they’re on other platforms and you want to follow them there, go right ahead. But don’t feel like you must follow them on every platform. Do what makes sense for you.

If any of your reps are not on social media, or aren’t on the platform you like best, call their offices and ask them to join. You can bet there’s an intern or entry-level staffer who’s been chewing the rep’s ear off, trying to make their case. If enough constituents call to ask them to get on social media, or on a specific platform, that might change their minds.

Following your reps on social media is worth it. It keeps you up to date on what they’re saying and doing, and lets you know when they might appear at an event happening near you. It lets you show your support for them. And it helps move toward a world in which members of Congress take messages that arrive through social media as seriously as requests that come over the phone or through postal mail.

But don’t forget that for now (early 2017), social media is the least effective way to speak to your reps. If you need to ask your members of Congress to do something, use the phone. Do not use social media. Your message will not get through to them.

If you’re not on social media at all, consider signing up to follow your reps. You can have a private account on Twitter, and you can keep strict privacy settings on your Facebook page.

If you’re not on social media at all and have no wish to be, sign up for their e-newsletters and postal mailings instead, if you haven’t already. You should be able to do this through their web sites.

 

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Subscribe to Rogan’s List and Keep Busy

Subscribe to the Rogan’s List blog, and get to work. 

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, almost every day, from actions to tools to organizations to join, and more. Are you extra-eager to do more? Start here. The newest Rogan’s post tends to go live around 9 am EST.

See Rogan’s List blog, and subscribe (plug your email address into the slot above Rogan’s picture and below the shot of the to-do list):

http://roganslist.blogspot.com

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Support Miry’s List, Which Assists Refugee Families Who Settle in Southern California

Want to help refugee families who have just arrived in America? Check out Miry’s List, which provides new arrivals to southern California with basic needs.

Miry Whitehill-Ben Atar launched Miry’s List in July 2016 after encountering a Syrian refugee family of five, with five-year-old twins and a five-month-old, who had just come to California and needed baby gear and groceries. After getting them set, she realized that she had unwittingly found a gaping hole in the social safety net, and created Miry’s List to fill it.

As of February 2017, Miry’s List had completely taken care of the needs of 60 refugee families in southern California. It is in the process of becoming a 501(3)c organization.

 

Join Miry’s List:

https://www.miryslist.org/give

 

See the current Miry’s List roster of families needing help:

https://www.miryslist.org/lists

 

Donate to Miry’s List:

https://www.miryslist.org/donations

 

Like Miry’s List on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/miryslist

 

Follow Miry’s List on Twitter:

@miryslist

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Hooray! We Defended Delaware’s Trifecta!

Update: Congratulations! Stephanie Hansen won her Delaware race, preserving its Democratic trifecta. Thanks to all who helped make this happen, with a double helping of thanks going to former Vice President Joe Biden.

The Democratic party claims only six “trifectas” nationwide–states where the party controls the governorship, the state senate, and the state house.

Delaware is one of the six, and it is in danger of losing its trifecta.

Do you live in Delaware? Do you have friends and family who do? Help elect Democrat Stephanie Hansen to the Delaware State Senate on February 25.

Bethany Hall-Long vacated the seat, in the 10th state senate district, when she rose to the post of Lieutenant Governor. If Hansen fails, the Democrats’ 40-year hold on the state senate would end.

Hansen faces two rivals: Republican John Marino, and Libertarian Joseph Lanzendorfer. Flippable reports that the 10th district is competitive, and could be nail-bitingly close. Hall-Long won by just 267 votes in her last race.

 

Learn more about the special election:

http://delawarestatenews.net/government/candidates-key-senate-seat-spar-debate/

 

Donate to Stephanie Hansen’s campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/keepdeblue

 

Sign up to phone bank (make calls for) Stephanie Hansen (yes, you can do this even if you don’t live in Delaware):

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/phonebank-for-stephanie-hansen-delaware-state-senate-special-election-registration-31671724982

 

Like Stephanie Hansen’s Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/StephanieHansenForSenate/

 

Read Flippable’s take on the Delaware senate race here, and learn about other upcoming state-level elections:

https://www.flippable.org/upcoming-elections/

 

 

 

 

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Help Florida’s Ex-Felons Regain The Right to Vote

Help ex-felons in Florida regain the right to vote by supporting efforts to change a punitive state law.

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee shone a light on this issue recently. Florida is one of just three states that revokes ex-felons’ voting rights for life. As you read this, more than 1.5 million Floridians cannot vote. That amounts to roughly 10 percent of Florida’s adult population, and about 20 percent of all African-Americans living in the state.

Some Floridians hope to change the law. They need 700,000 of their fellow citizens to sign a petition that will place the question of restoring voting rights to ex-felons on the state’s 2018 ballot.

If you haven’t yet, see the Full Frontal With Samantha Bee segment:

https://www.miamirights.com

 

If you live in Florida, click the link below and sign the petition to place the question on the 2018 ballot. If you don’t, print out the PDF at the link below and send it to someone you know who does:

https://media.wix.com/ugd/b14935_60c594c5deec411dae612e7a324057c2.pdf

 

Donate to the Say Yes to Second Chances effort:

https://act.myngp.com/Forms/-182950647699273984

 

Read about the effects of the Florida law, and read about the people who are trying to change it:

http://www.tampabay.com/news/perspective/floridas-felon-vote-destroying-lives-and-wasting-taxpayer-dollars/2307853

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/election/article95076927.html

https://www.wuft.org/news/2017/04/14/activists-push-for-ex-felon-voter-rights-restoration/

https://www.wuft.org/news/2017/04/14/activists-push-for-ex-felon-voter-rights-restoration/

 

Also, visit the Full Frontal with Samantha Bee website:

http://www.samanthabee.com

 

Follow Full Frontal With Samantha Bee on Twitter:

@FullFrontalSamB

 

Like the show on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/fullfrontalsamb

 

And check out the spiffy merch in the show’s online shop:

https://shop.tbs.com