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Learn to Help Friends and Family Who Want to Do More Than Register to Vote

Learn to help friends and family who want to do more than just register to vote.

 

Sarah Jane here. We at OTYCD have encouraged you to talk to friends and family about voting, and make it as easy and as painless as possible for them to register, learn where their polling place is, and plot how they will physically get to the polls on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

 

But what if they ask you about doing more than that? What if they’re excited, or concerned, or both about the direction the country is threatening to take, and they want to go beyond making sure they themselves are registered to vote?

 

May we humbly suggest you send them to this very blog?

 

 

Start by sending them to our page on The Most Important Thing You Can Do (we cheated, there’s actually four):

https://onethingyoucando.com/the-most-important-thing-you-can-do/

 

 

Also suggest they read the third entry in the Believe It: You Matter series, The Parable of Eating Less Meat. It’s about how activism is not a competition, and everything counts.

If you went from doing nothing to doing something, and you do that something consistently, you win. Doesn’t matter how big or small the something is.

Read Believe It: You Matter, Part III: The Parable Of Eating Less Meat:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/04/16/believe-it-you-matter-part-iii-the-parable-of-eating-less-meat/

 

 

And if you want to suggest that they subscribe to the blog, we won’t stop you.

 

 

Also encourage them to visit postcardstovoters.org and volunteer to write Get Out The Vote (GOTV) postcards, using their own supplies.

 

Of all the things I (Sarah Jane) have done to push back against Trump since November 2016, writing postcards to voters has been the most satisfying.

 

I can write postcards anytime Tony the Democrat and friends have a campaign going, which is almost always. (The few times when they’re between campaigns, I prep postcards for future campaigns by decorating them with rubber stamps.)

 

Writing postcards to voters doesn’t require knocking on doors, calling people, or otherwise approaching strangers, which is terrifying to an introvert like me.

 

Let’s be clear, though. I do all that stuff, too, and I recommend it, but writing postcards to voters is something I can do whenever I want, for as long as I want, and I can set it aside if need be. I call it my civic knitting–each postcard is a stitch that strengthens democracy.

 

Also? New research shows that hand-writing postcards to voters is just as effective at getting out the vote as canvassing (physically knocking on doors), and sometimes more effective.

 

For more, see this June 22, 2018 piece from Blue Virginia called The Mighty Pen Prevails: In the Digital Age, Handwritten Voter Contact Is a Powerful Secret Weapon:

https://bluevirginia.us/2018/06/the-mighty-pen-prevails-in-the-digital-age-handwritten-voter-contact-is-a-powerful-secret-weapon

 

 

If your friends and family are open to supporting candidates, point them to the OTYCD post on the Core Four Strategy:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/04/08/choose-your-core-four-for-2018/

 

 

Helping eager friends and family learn who’s running for election and re-election in 2018 and find candidates to support is pretty next-level, but if you have the time and energy to do it, we at OTYCD encourage you to follow through.

 

 

 

 

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Pre-order Everything Trump Touches Dies by Rick Wilson, Or Request It From Your Local Library

Pre-order Everything Trump Touches Dies, the new book from GOP strategist Rick Wilson. If you can’t pre-order it, request it from your local library instead.

 

OTYCD is not a fan of Rick Wilson’s politics, and we sure as hell aren’t fans of every last little thing he’s done in his professional career. But from the approach of the Trump era, Wilson has been on the side of right as opposed to the side of the right, and he has been fierce and unflinching.

 

In the past we have encouraged you to follow his Twitter feed and donate to the GoFundMe for the Everything Trump Touches Dies movie (which you can still do, by the way). Now we’re encouraging you to pre-order the book of the same name.

 

Yes, we haven’t read it yet and we’re asking you to lay down money before it comes out.

 

Why, you ask? Simple. By pre-ordering a book, you show the publisher that there is clear demand for it. If folks are clamoring for a book by a certain person, or on a certain subject, the publisher might contract more books by the same people, and more books on the same topic.

 

We’re not sure what else Wilson might write in the future, but we definitely want more books like ETTD. Please step up and put your money where your mouth is.

 

Ditto for requesting it from your library. Yes, it’s not available yet, but libraries figure out how many copies to order in part by tallying the requests they get for a title. By asking for it now, ahead of the August 7 release date, you boost sales of the book and make it more available in your community’s library system.

 

 

Pre-order Everything Trump Touches Dies via Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39312362-everything-trump-touches-dies

 

 

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Rebuke Trump and Help the FBI By Donating to Its Charities

Rebuke Trump and show support for the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) by donating to charities that help FBI families.

 

If you believe Donald Trump’s tweets, the FBI is a hotbed of radical liberalism, bent on taking down his administration. We should’t have to tell you not to believe Trump’s tweets–they’re absurd. The FBI is many things, but a bastion of leftist free-thinking it is not.

 

Many, many people have decried Trump’s attacks on the FBI. Benjamin Wittes (@benjaminwittes) of Lawfareblog seems to be the first to fight back by supporting FBI-related charities. On December 23, he tweeted:

The President is impugning the integrity of the FBI by attacking two honorable public servants: Jim Baker and Andy McCabe. I just donated $1,000 to the in their names. I urge others to give as well and tweet that you did so to .

 

He then retweeted several others who mentioned their donations in honor of Baker and McCabe on social media.

 

Later that day, the FBI Agents Association (@FBIAgentsAssoc) tweeted:

Thank you to everyone who has generously contributed to our charitable funds. Your money will directly benefit FBI families in need.

 

On December 24, former CIA director John Brennan (@JohnBrennan) pointedly joined the cause, tweeting:

Andy McCabe & Jim Baker epitomize integrity, competence, and respect for rule of law. Not surprised fears them, along with the rest of FBI. I just donated to as a small way of saying . Here’s how you can too:

 

The FBI Agents Association administers two charities.

 

The Membership Assistance Fund helps FBI families who suffer a sudden, unforeseen tragedy, such as a cancer diagnosis or an accident.

 

The Memorial College Fund provides scholarships to the children and spouses of FBI personnel who died on the job or within a year of leaving the agency.

 

Both are 501(c) (3) charities. Note: If you are uncomfortable with guns, you might want to focus on the Membership Assistance Fund alone. The Memorial College Fund has raised money through the sale of commemorative firearms.

 

We at OTYCD recognize that the FBI is not a perfect organization, and its history includes some pretty terrible acts. That said, it most emphatically does not deserve the abuse that Trump is raining on it, and we should do what we can to defend the FBI in the context of defending the infrastructure of democracy from the corrosive effects of Trump’s authoritarian whims. Donating to these two FBI charities are a way to stand up for the agency and its people, who have been unfairly maligned.

 

 

See the main donation page for the FBI Agents Association:

https://fbiaa.org/ways-to-donate

 

 

See its page for the Membership Assistance Fund:

https://fbiaa.org/membership-assistance-fund

 

 

See its page for the Memorial College Fund:

https://fbiaa.org/memorial-college-fund

 

 

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Join Knock Every Door and, Well, #KnockEveryDoor

Join Knock Every Door, a progressive organization that recruits door-to-door canvassers willing to talk about candidates and issues that matter.

Knock Every Door was born in the wake of the 2016 election. It acts on research that shows that face-to-face conversations are the most effective way to get voters to the polls.

It supports volunteer door-knockers through training, providing materials, and helping with data entry. The organization allows local groups a great deal of flexibility over which issues to pursue. It exerts more control over canvassing for candidates; they do not canvass for Republicans and they may choose to back individual Democrats in a primary.

 

See the Knock Every Door website:

https://knockeverydoor.org

 

Read its ‘About’ page:

https://knockeverydoor.org/about/index.html#what

 

Read its FAQ:

https://knockeverydoor.org/about/index.html#faq

 

Read about what, specifically, Knock Every Door will do for its volunteers, and read about the organization’s embrace of what it calls “deep canvassing”:

https://knockeverydoor.org/how-it-works/index.html#how

https://knockeverydoor.org/how-it-works/index.html#deep-canvassing

 

Follow Knock Every Door on Twitter:

@knockeverydoor

 

Donate to Knock Every Door:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/kedthanks?refcode=homepage

 

 

 

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Escape Your Bubble: Follow Rick Wilson on Twitter

This OTYCD entry originally posted in August 2017.

 

Escape your bubble by following Rick Wilson on Twitter.

 

Wilson is a Florida-based political consultant who has worked primarily for Republicans, producing television for Senate candidates, governors, and the like.

 

He gained new prominence during the 2016 presidential campaign, when he turned the full force of his vitriol on Trump and his supporters. Suffice it to say his vitriol is concentrated, deadly, and goddamn entertaining.

 

Obligatory warning, with apologies for bonking you all on the head about this fact: Wilson holds at least some different political beliefs than you do. That means he’ll sometimes say things and do things that don’t match your beliefs, and which might piss you off well and thoroughly. That’s ok. Really, it’s OK. You’re being asked to look at what he’s doing and support what you like, not endorse every last little everything he does. He understands 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.

 

 

Follow Rick Wilson on Twitter:

@TheRickWilson

 

 

Bonus: Read his articles at The Daily Beast, which include this:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/04/10/the-trouble-with-trump-s-white-house-is-donald-trump

 

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Show Some Love to Snopes.com, the First Fact-Checking Site on the Web (Updated March 13, 2018)

Update, March 13, 2018: David Mikkelson posted an update to the Snopes GoFundMe page last night. Fortunately, Snopes has had success in court to date. They recovered the advertising revenue that had been withheld, they were able to switch to a new hosting service and reassert control of their future ad revenue, and suits against Mikkelson were dismissed last month.

 

In response to questions about how to show support for Snopes going forward, Mikkelson raised the cap on the GoFundMe to $2 million. Legal fees have eaten the funds raised previously, and while things have gone well, they’re not done with the court system just yet. If you can help Snopes, please do.

 

Original text of our post follows:

 

We wrote and queued this post before word broke of Snopes.com’s troubles and its GoFundMe campaign. We are moving up the posting date for this piece and including a link to the fundraiser:

https://www.gofundme.com/savesnopes

 

As we write this update, the campaign has met its $500,000 goal but is still accepting donations. If you haven’t given, please do.

 

Let’s hear it for Snopes.com, the first, and still the most fascinating, fact-checking, myth-busting, rumor-stomping site on the web.

 

Snopes dates back to 1994, which is paleozoic by Internet standards. It evolved over time from being the work of a few people to the work of an entire team of researchers and writers who strive to be transparent and accurate, following the evidence wherever it leads.

 

We at OTYCD believe that the country passed a dark threshold when rabid right-wingers started claiming that Snopes had a liberal bias, and other such ridiculous things. In retrospect, it seems like a portent of the rise of Trumpism. But we digress.

 

Snopes, which is named after a family of characters who pop up in William Faulkner novels, is as incisive as it is entertaining, and you should visit it on the regular if you don’t already. It can save you from retweeting or posting information that’s more complex than the memes make it out to be, or just plain wrong, no matter where it comes from.

 

 

See the Snopes.com site:

http://www.snopes.com

 

 

Read the Snopes ‘About’ page:

http://www.snopes.com/about-snopes/

 

 

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!

 

 

Read the Snopes FAQ page:

http://www.snopes.com/frequently-asked-questions/

 

 

Like it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/snopes

 

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@snopes

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Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: Go to Alabama for Your Next Vacation

Put your money where your mouth is: Reward Alabamians for choosing Democrat Doug Jones as their newest Senator by taking your next vacation in Alabama. 

 

When a state legislature adopts a stupid, hurtful law, the people who fight the law sometimes ask tourists to boycott the state.

 

Do you remember when North Carolina adopted House Bill 2, a law that restricted LGBT rights and demanded that transgender people use the bathroom that corresponded to their sex at birth? The N.C.A.A. protested HB2 by relocating more than a dozen college championship events to venues in other states. The NBA moved the 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte to New Orleans. Wired estimated that HB2 cost North Carolina almost $400 million in lost revenue.

 

Boycotting North Carolina for passing HB2 was the right thing to do. Like it or not, when you spend your money, you cast a vote. You should do what you can to avoid voting with your dollars for things that you don’t support.

 

But! There are two sides to this coin. Yes, you should not give your money to vendors and venues that insult and disparage your values. And you should spend it with vendors and venues that uphold them.

 

Which brings us to Alabama. Its citizens made headlines on December 12, 2017 when they elected Democrat Doug Jones to be their next Senator instead of Republican Roy Moore.

 

You should reward Alabama for this.

 

Are you planning a vacation anytime soon? Look into Alabama.

 

See the state’s official tourism website:

http://alabama.travel

 

Also check out the Alabama section on the Visit the USA site:

https://www.visittheusa.com/state/alabama

 

Make notes. Think. Plan. Budget. Go. Add your dollars to the more than $13 billion that more than 25 million visitors spent in Alabama in 2015.

 

And when you do, tell everyone that you chose Alabama because Alabamians chose Doug Jones as their Senator.

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the page or checking the About & Subscribe page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

 

See a May 2017 article about Alabama tourism figures:

http://www.al.com/news/mobile/index.ssf/2017/05/alabamas_tourism_fueled_by_bea.html

 

See the Wired article that calculated North Carolina’s losses related to HB2:

https://www.wired.com/2016/09/guess-much-anti-lgbtq-law-costing-north-carolina/

 

Also see a Business Insider story that gives details on entities that boycotted North Carolina over HB2:

http://www.businessinsider.com/north-carolina-hb2-economic-impact-2016-9

 

And follow @BuzzHuntsville on Twitter, because he’s charming as all get-out.