Action Alerts · Community Activism · Ethics · Fighting Bigotry, Racism, Sexism, Homophobia, Transphobia... · First Amendment, Defending a Free Press · Health Care · Marches and Protests · Online Privacy, Net Neutrality · Protect the Environment · Public Education · Russian Scandal, Emoluments Clause · Separation of Church and State · Stand Up for Civilization · Stand Up for Norms · Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) · Uncategorized

Attend a #SaveSCOTUS Event Between Monday July 9 and Friday, July 13, 2018

Attend a #SaveSCOTUS event between Monday, July 9, and Friday, July 13, 2018.

 

Team Trump intends to announce the name of its Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) nominee on Monday, July 9, 2018.

 

A team of organizations, headed by the good folks at Indivisible, have planned a week-long series of actions to protest the nominee, who will no doubt be a hard-right extremist.

 

See the website below to find an event near you:

http://savescotus.indivisible.org

 

 

Download the #SaveSCOTUS toolkit, which includes tips on how to plan a local #SaveSCOTUS event:

https://savescotus.indivisible.org/toolkit/

 

 

Visit Indivisible’s main website:

https://www.indivisible.org

 

 

Donate to the Indivisible Project:

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

 

 

Like the Indivisible Guide on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/indivisibleguide/

 

 

Follow the Indivisible Guide on Twitter:

@IndivisibleTeam

Candidates · Choose Your Core Four · Community Activism · Elections · Fighting Bigotry, Racism, Sexism, Homophobia, Transphobia... · Health Care · Read, Educate Yourself, Prepare · Russian Scandal, Emoluments Clause · Stand for Science · Stand Up for Civilization · Stand Up for Norms · Use Your Power, Recruit Friends · Vote with your Dollars

Combat Trump’s 2018 Midterms Strategy By Defending Vulnerable Democratic Senate Incumbents

Fight back against Trump’s 2018 midterms strategy by defending vulnerable Democratic Senate incumbents.

 

On May 30, 2018, Buzzfeed published a piece on how Trump might approach the 2018 midterm elections.

 

It looks like he’s shying away from House of Representatives races and targeting sitting, vulnerable Democratic senators who are up for re-election in Trump-friendly states. From the article:

 

‘A source close to Trump involved in midterm planning said it’s clear Republicans are running very different campaigns in close House races versus Senate races, and Trump will be used accordingly. “It’s a base election in the Senate and a swing in the House,” the source said.’

 

Also from the article:

‘Earlier this month, Trump followed a similar outline of what is shaping up to be his 2018 stump speech during his rally in Indiana, where he called Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly “sleeping Joe” and a “swamp person.” “You have to work every day between now and November to elect more Republicans so that we can continue to make America great again,” he told his supporters there, while praising Donnelly’s challenger, Mike Braun, as a “winner.”

And at an anti-abortion event last week, Trump spelled out the need for more Republicans in Congress in a way that would connect with the crowd. “So the story is, ’18 midterms — we need Republicans, and that will happen,” he said, going on to talk about failed GOP attempts to pass a 20-week abortion ban and the Democratic senators who have voted against it. “The United States is one of only seven countries in the world to allow elective abortions after 20 weeks, when unborn babies can truly feel the pain. Yet Democratic senators like Jon Tester, Heidi Heitkamp, Claire McCaskill, Debbie Stabenow all voted against the 20-week bill and in favor of late-term abortion.’

 

 

See the full Buzzfeed piece here:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/tariniparti/trump-campaign-senate-plan?utm_term=.ou9g4DQd8G#.rhXl9By1PZ

 

 

You can push back against Trump by supporting vulnerable Democratic senators who are seeking re-election.

 

The best resource for this, by far, is The Road to 2018, an organization that our friend Celeste Pewter is heavily involved in.

 

The Road to 2018 was created to help precisely those senators who Trump and the GOP is targeting.

 

 

See its website here:

https://www.roadto2018.com

 

If you’ve been following Celeste on Twitter–and you are, aren’t you? She’s at @Celeste_Pewter–you’ve seen her tweets about The Road to 2018 and about Democratic senators you can support.

 

To be dead clear here–flipping the Senate blue in 2018 will be tough, tougher than flipping the House. Much of this is down to math. About a dozen Democratic incumbents are vulnerable, as opposed to eight Republican incumbents.

 

In order to flip the Senate, the Democrats need to hold all their seats and gain two. (The two Independents in the Senate, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Angus King of Maine, tend to caucus with the Democrats. King is up for re-election in 2018.)

 

Flipping the Senate will not insure that Trump can be successfully impeached. A minimum of 67 senators would have to vote in favor, and given the prevailing tribalism, we couldn’t count on Republican senators to do the right thing.

 

This is not about impeachment. This is about hampering Trump’s ability to push his noxious agenda.

 

If the Senate goes Democratic, Trump would find it a lot harder to push through lousy and unqualified nominees across the board, judicial and otherwise.

 

He’d also have to change his strategy if he wants to get any legislation passed.

 

Fighting for these senators is worth doing.

 

So! Question. Are you using the Core Four strategy yet? If not, learn about it here:

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

 

Then consult the Road to 2018 and figure out which Democratic senators you can support with time, money, and effort.

 

Those vulnerable senators are:

 

Bill Nelson of Florida

Joe Donnelly of Indiana

Debbie Stabenow of Michigan

Claire McCaskill of Missouri

Angus King, Independent of Maine

Jon Tester of Montana

Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota

Sherrod Brown of Ohio

Bob Casey of Pennsylvania

Tim Kaine of Virginia

Joe Manchin of West Virginia

Tammy Baldwin of Wyoming

 

 

If one of these senators is from your state, go all-in for that person.

 

If not, and certainly if you’re from one of the states that doesn’t have any senators up for re-election this year, pick at least one of these senators to support.

 

 

See the website for The Road to 2018:

http://www.roadto2018.com

 

 

See its Senators page:

http://www.roadto2018.com/senators.html

 

 

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 the Road to 2018 team:

http://www.roadto2018.com/about-us.html

 

 

Volunteer for The Road to 2018:

http://www.roadto2018.com/contact.html

 

 

Keep that list of Democratic Senators in mind when choosing your Core Four for 2018:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/12/24/choose-your-core-four-for-2018/

 

 

Like it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/TheRoadto2018/

 

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@Roadto18

 

 

Follow Celeste Pewter on Twitter, who is involved with The Road to 2018 and is seemingly on top of EVERYTHING political that the Resistance cares about, as it happens:

@Celeste_Pewter

 

Action Alerts · Call Your Members of Congress · Community Activism · Fighting Bigotry, Racism, Sexism, Homophobia, Transphobia... · Stand Up for Civilization · Stand Up for Norms · Support Immigrants and Refugees · Vote with your Dollars

Call Your MoCs and Raise Hell Over How ICE Is Treating Migrant Families and Children

Call your members of Congress (MoCs) and raise absolute holy hell over how Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is treating migrant families and children their care.

 

Holy crap. I mean, holy crap. The Trump administration has done a lot of hideously beyond-unacceptable things since it took office. The latest news about how ICE is treating migrant families represents a new low.

 

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is pursuing a policy of separating parents and children who arrive in America after fleeing their home countries. According to a New York Times article, more than 700 children have been forcibly parted from their parents since October 2017, and more than 100 of those kids were four years old or younger.

 

Cites are at the tail of this post, but do we need to tell you how utterly disgusting this is? ‘Disgusting’ doesn’t even cover it. All the words that leap to our minds are forceful swears.

 

And that’s before we get to the fact that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly defended the policy on the notion that it could serve as a deterrent, and claiming that the separations would be OK because “the children will be taken care of — put into foster care or whatever”.

 

Since Kelly made that jaw-droppingly cavalier statement, news broke more widely that the government has somehow “lost” 1,475 kids who came to America as unaccompanied minors (so, to be clear, they came here alone, and the government did not separate them from their parents) and were subsequently placed with sponsors.

 

In Congressional testimony given on April 26, 2018 by Steven Wagner, acting assistant secretary for administration for children and families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said that the agency tried to reach 7,635 children between October 2016 and December 2017 who had arrived as unaccompanied minors. The 1,475 it failed to contact represent 19 percent of the total.

 

Worse, the PBS show Frontline has since confirmed that at least a few of those “lost” children who arrived unaccompanied were released to human traffickers.

 

So, to sum up: The Trump administration thinks it’s A-OK to force families who have fled to America to part, holding the parents in one venue and the kids in another that could be thousands of miles away. The administration is OK with this despite the fact that they know the system is horrifically broken–they know they’ve lost track of about 1,500 migrant kids who came here alone and were placed in care while waiting for their cases to be heard.

 

It might surprise you to learn that President Trump realizes, at least on some level, how fucked-up his administration’s family-separating policy is. It won’t surprise you to learn that he’s trying to blame it on the Democrats rather than kill the policy. See this Factcheck.org piece for clarification:

https://www.factcheck.org/2018/05/trump-blames-own-border-policy-on-democrats/

 

Oh! And that policy he’s blaming on the Democrats? He wants to expand it. Because of course he does.

 

We’ll wait for you to finish throwing up.

 

Done? Ok. Here’s what you can do to fight back.

 

You can call your members of Congress and demand action. Unsurprisingly, Celeste Pewter got there first with a fine script, which we are reproducing here. Note, however, that during the week of May 28, 2018, your MoCs are most likely in their home districts. Please go to their Congressional websites and pull up numbers for their state offices and call those rather than the D.C. switchboard number given in the script.

 

If you’re not following Celeste on Twitter, please do: @Celeste_Pewter. Also, scroll down for more ways to support her work.

 

 

 

You can also visit the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) page on Immigrants’ Rights, read up, and donate to their lawyers, who are fighting this nonsense:

https://www.aclu.org/issues/immigrants-rights

 

 

In addition, there are several charities that help migrants that would welcome your support.

 

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights advocates for unaccompanied minors who have fled to the United States to escape abuse, human trafficking, crippling poverty, and other unlivable situations. Its webpage is here:

https://www.theyoungcenter.org

 

 

Donate to the Young Center:

https://www.theyoungcenter.org/donate-to-the-young-center/

 

 

Here is the Young Center’s statement on the Trump administration’s policy to forcibly separate migrant parents and children:

https://www.theyoungcenter.org/stories/2018/5/8/breaking-attorney-general-sessions-announces-policy-to-prosecute-parents-and-forcibly-separate-their-children

 

 

Follow the Young Center on Twitter:

@TheYoungCenter

 

 

The Alitas program, run by Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona, helps migrants who ICE delivers to the Alitas Hospitality Center. Read more about their efforts and how you can help:

https://www.ccs-soaz.org/agencies-ministries/detail/alitas-aid-for-migrant-women-and-children

 

 

Here is a longer list of charities, organizations, and humanitarian groups who assist migrants and fight for their rights:

http://www.nnirr.org/drupal/border-groups

 

 

Lastly, you can follow #WhereAreTheChildren on Twitter for news and updates.

 

 

And here are the promised cites:

 

Read a February 27, 2018 NPR story about the DHS separating parents and children at the border:

https://www.npr.org/2018/02/27/589079243/activists-outraged-that-u-s-border-agents-separate-immigrant-families

 

 

Read an April 20, 2018 New York Times piece that states that more than 700 kids, including more than 100 very small children, have been separated from their parents since October 2017:

 

Read a May 11, 2018 Business Insider piece in which White House Chief of Staff John Kelly defends the cruel policy by claiming it’s not cruel and the separated kids will be put ‘in foster care or whatever’:

http://www.businessinsider.com/john-kelly-family-separation-policy-illegal-border-crossing-2018-5

 

 

Read a May 16, 2018 Arizona Central article in which Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen defends the policy of separating immigrant parents and children:

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/nation/2018/05/16/homeland-security-chief-defends-policy-separates-families-entering-u-s/614505002/

 

 

Here’s an article explaining how the government “lost” almost 1,500 unaccompanied minors seeking asylum:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/nation-now/2018/05/25/immigration-children-separated-families-lost-column/643793002/

 

 

Here’s a written version of the Frontline story that shows that at least some of the “lost” unaccompanied children were released to human traffickers:

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/hhs-official-says-agency-lost-track-of-nearly-1500-unaccompanied-minors/

 

 

Here is the official write-up of HHS official Steven Wagner’s April 26, 2018 testimony to Congress:

https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Wagner%20Testimony.pdf

 

 

Here is that Factcheck.org piece again that shows that Trump is lying when he claims the Democrats are forcing the government to separate parents and children at the border:

https://www.factcheck.org/2018/05/trump-blames-own-border-policy-on-democrats/

 

 

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

 

After you call your elected representatives on these two topics, tweet about the experience using the #ICalledMyReps hashtag.

 

Pewter 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/

 

Subscribe to Pewter’s peerless newsletter, It’s Time To Fight:

http://itstimetofight.weebly.com

 

 

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!

Action Alerts · Community Activism · Fighting Bigotry, Racism, Sexism, Homophobia, Transphobia... · Stand Up for Civilization · Stand Up for Norms

Support The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Support the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, America’s premier civil and human rights coalition.

 

Founded in 1950, it has coordinated national lobbying efforts on behalf of every major piece of civil rights law since 1957. More than 200 national organizations that concern themselves with civil and human rights belong to the Leadership Conference.

 

Recently, it has been all over efforts to defend DACA and the Dreamers; it has fought efforts to suppress voting rights; and it has pushed back on Trump’s attempted ban on transgender military personnel. Trump’s been keeping the conference busy, that’s for sure.

 

The Conference also sounds the alarm about lousy federal court appointments and tracks the civil and human rights voting records of each session of Congress, among other things.

 

 

Visit the home page of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights:

http://civilrights.org

 

 

Check out the civil and human rights voting records of every session of Congress from the 91st to the 113th, and learn about crummy pending federal appointments that you should oppose:

http://civilrights.org/our-advocacy/

 

 

Visit its online Action Center:

http://civilrights.org/take-action/

 

 

Donate to the organization:

http://civilrights.org/donate/

 

 

Like it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/civilandhumanrights

 

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@civilrightsorg

 

 

Also follow its president and CEO, Vanita Gupta, on Twitter:

@vanitaguptaCR

 

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!

Community Activism · Fighting Bigotry, Racism, Sexism, Homophobia, Transphobia... · First Amendment, Defending a Free Press · Stand Up for Civilization · Stand Up for Norms · Vote with your Dollars

Help Build a Monument to African-American Journalist and Civil Rights Activist Ida B. Wells

Help build a monument to the pioneering 20th century African-American journalist and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells, who fought lynching.

 

Wells was born a slave in 1862 in Mississippi. When three African-American friends of hers were lynched in Memphis, Tennessee in 1892 for defending their successful grocery store from white assailants, she began an anti-lynching crusade, gathering information on lynching incidents, forming anti-lynching societies, and writing and speaking against lynching.

 

She also fought for women’s rights and helped form the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), but later drifted away from it. She died of kidney disease in 1931 at the age of 68.

 

Wells ultimately settled in Chicago, and a group hopes to build a monument to her in the neighborhood where she and her family lived. As of late April, they’ve raised a third of the funds they need. Sculptor Richard Hunt has agreed to create the monument.

 

 

See the website for the Ida B. Wells monument campaign:

http://www.idabwellsmonument.org

 

 

Read about the plans for the monument and see where it would be installed:

http://www.idabwellsmonument.org/?page_id=109

 

 

Read a short biography of Wells:

http://www.idabwellsmonument.org/?page_id=96

 

 

Donate to the Ida B. Wells monument fund:

http://www.idabwellsmonument.org/?page_id=59

 

 

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

 

 

Like the Ida B. Wells Monument on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Ida-B-Wells-Monument-133803080055450/

 

 

We at OTYCD learned about the Ida B. Wells monument effort through an activist on Twitter who goes by the handle ‘prison culture.’ Follow her:

 

@prisonculture

Community Activism · Fighting Bigotry, Racism, Sexism, Homophobia, Transphobia... · Support Immigrants and Refugees · Use Your Power, Recruit Friends · Vote with your Dollars

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

This OTYCD entry originally posted in July 2017.

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Like Miry’s List on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/miryslist

 

 

Follow Miry’s List on Twitter:

@miryslist

Fighting Bigotry, Racism, Sexism, Homophobia, Transphobia...

Support Rev. Robert Wright Lee IV, a Descendant of Robert E. Lee Who Fights White Supremacy

This OTYCD entry originally posted in September 2017.

Support Rev. Robert Wright Lee IV, a descendant of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, who has spoken out against white supremacy.

The young minister has advocated the removal of pro-Confederate statues and has spoken publicly about the need to confront racism and white supremacy directly and defeat it. He appeared at the MTV Video Music Awards, held about two weeks after the incident in Charlottesville, to voice his message.

Soon after, his North Carolina church, which he joined in April, moved to vote on his tenure. He chose to resign in what appears to be a jumped-before-he-was-pushed situation. Evidently, several members were uncomfortable with his statements at the VMA.

Lee is not currently asking for donations, and he does not have a Patreon or anything similar. But you can show your support in other ways.

 

Follow his blog:

https://revroblee.com

 

Follow him on Twitter:

@roblee4

 

Read his statement on his resignation from his first church (video of his VMA speech is at the bottom of the page):

http://auburnseminary.org/rev-robert-wright-lee-iv-statement-leaving-church-speaking-white-supremacy-mtv-video-music-awards/

 

Read articles about Lee’s resignation of his post:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/05/us/robert-lee-iv-resigns-church-pastor-mtv-vma-confederate/index.html

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/05/548708431/lee-relative-who-denounced-white-supremacy-resigns-as-pastor-of-n-c-church?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social