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Save This Tool That Shows What Laws Your State Is Making Right Now in Six Key Areas

Bookmark a tool by OurStates that shows you what new laws your state might be making in six key areas: immigration, policing and protest, reproductive justice, voting rights, LGBTQ equality, and economic justice.

State legislators aren’t just the equivalent of the farm teams for the Democratic and Republican parties–they’re the farm teams for federal laws, too. Well-funded right-wing activist groups have attempted to pass weird, extreme laws on the state level before trying to get Congress to bite.

While there are web-based tools that show what your state legislature is doing overall right now, and tools that show what bills the states are considering on a single issue, there aren’t many that show what all 50 states are doing on more than one issue. In fact, what OurStates built might stand alone. It’s a project of StayWoke, a 501(c)4 organization devoted to pursuing justice and equality. Its planning team includes DeRay Mckesson, Samuel Sinyangwe, Brittany Packnett, and a whole host of smart, perceptive people who you’d be smart to follow on Twitter.

When you click on a category, it colors the U.S. map accordingly: States colored red are working on harmful laws; blue states are creating good laws; and grey states are not currently chasing anything on that topic.

Click on your state, and you’ll open a window that shows you everything it is doing on all six topics. It will describe the law and tell you if the bills are good or bad, as well as which party controls the legislature, what the law would do, and how close the bill is to becoming law.

If you scroll down, the OurStates page will give you a link through which you can find your state legislators’ contact information, as well as advice on how to speak with them.

 

See and use the nifty tool built by OurStates:

https://www.ourstates.org/#ourstates

 

Meet the StayWoke planning team and follow them all on Twitter:

https://www.staywoke.org/about/

 

Donate to StayWoke:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/staywoke-1

 

 

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GOOD UPDATE! Democrat Danica Roem WON Her Virginia State Legislature Race

YES YES YES! Democrat Danica Roem beat incumbent Republican Bob Marshall for a Virginia state senate seat. Roem becomes the first openly transgender elected official in Virginia, defeating an anti-LBGTQ Republican who had described himself as his state’s “chief homophobe.”

Read more about Roem’s historic win:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2017/11/07/transgender_democrat_danica_roem_defeats_bob_marshall.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/danica-roem-will-be-vas-first-openly-transgender-elected-official-after-unseating-conservative-robert-g-marshall-in-house-race/2017/11/07/d534bdde-c0af-11e7-959c-fe2b598d8c00_story.html?utm_term=.47cf6cdd6923

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/359271-first-openly-transgender-state-legislator-elected-in-virginia

 

Support Democrat Danica Roem, who is running for a seat in the Virginia state legislature.

Flippable, the organization created after the 2016 elections to focus on state and local elections, has identified the state of Virginia as, well, flippable. All 100 seats in its House of Delegates are up for grabs on November 7, 2017.

We at OTYCD hope to prep and post items on the five Virginia candidates in the districts that Flippable has deemed most worthy of your time and money.

Roem is a lifelong Virginian who has worked as a reporter for more than a decade. If she wins, she will be only the third transgender candidate elected to a state legislature. She’s going up against an incumbent, Republican Bob Marshall, who has supported anti-LBGTQ bills, including an anti-transgender bathroom bill.

Her big issue is traffic–specifically, fixing Route 28 to improve its horrific rush hour. She would also advocate for universal pre-K and for increasing pay for public school teachers. She wants to protect students from bullying and discrimination and supports measures that make Virginia more welcoming to all.

 

See Roem’s campaign website:

http://danicaroem.ngpvanhost.com

 

See her About Danica page:

http://danicaroem.ngpvanhost.com/about-danica

 

See her Top Issues page:

http://danicaroem.ngpvanhost.com/traffic-jobs-schools-equality

 

Donate to Roem’s campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/danica-for-delegate

 

Phone-bank for Danica:

http://danicaroem.ngpvanhost.com/phone-bank-danica-0

 

Like Roem on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/danicafordelegate/

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@pwcdanica

 

See Roem’s Flippable page:

http://elections.flippable.org/elections?id=SVAH013

 

See her Ballotpedia page:

https://ballotpedia.org/Danica_Roem

 

See Flippable’s ‘Why Virginia?’ page, which will also lead you to the other four chosen candidates:

https://www.flippable.org/virginia-house#wsimg

 

Read other articles about Roem’s historic run:

https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/transgender-candidate-danica-roem-wins-virginia-primary-makes-history-n772486

https://noisey.vice.com/en_us/article/ev4gep/this-trans-metalhead-stepmom-is-making-a-historic-run-for-office-in-virginia

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/a12217328/danica-roem-interview-transgender-candidate-virginia/

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Want to Do More Than One Thing?

One Thing You Can Do‘s purpose is to help you focus. It gives you one thing you can do, every day, to push back against Trump. One thing. Every day.

So you’ve done the one thing, but you want to do more. What next?

Here are recommendations for groups, mailing lists, blogs, and other entities that will give you more things to do.

The list is not comprehensive, and it’s not meant to be. Nor is it closed. Everything is OTYCD-approved. The blog relies on many of these sources when seeking and researching subjects for future posts.

 

Rogan’s List blog (http://roganslist.blogspot.com)

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, from actions to tools to organizations to join, and more. Are you extra-eager to do more? Start here. The newest daily tends to go live around 9 am EST.

 

Flippable (https://www.flippable.org/)

Flippable’s goal is to turn state and federal offices blue, one electoral race at a time. Its email list sends out one message per week that contains several action items. It’s especially good for learning about upcoming elections in state legislatures.

 

Movement to Oppose Trump (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfBigMnFKHEKMAY6q0cB1ONWiWeVluDwQtyqEtH0cZ_GZq-1A/viewform#responses)

The multi-talented Michael Skolnik releases a weekly action email with the does-just-what-it-says-on-the-box title Movement to Oppose Trump. It’s a smorgasboard of calls to action, pieces to read, resistance resources, upcoming events, social media accounts to follow, donations to make, finished with a music suggestion (late in January 2017, he pointed to Tupac’s Keep Ya Head Up).

 

Weekly Resistance to Trump (http://www.weekly-resistance.online)’

This web site sends a weekly email that recommends an action to take and a donation to make.

 

Wall-of-Us (https://www.wall-of-us.org)

Another good site that produces a weekly email containing several action items.

 

While it’s not the most important thing you can do to push back against Trump, it’s certainly amusing to follow @HalfOnionInABag on Twitter. It’s just that–half an onion in a bag. Its goal is to get more followers than Donald Trump to show that having a big honking Twitter audience really doesn’t mean all that much if half an onion in a bag can meet or beat Trump’s.

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UPDATED: Tired of Protesting Trumpcare? Look at What ADAPT is Doing and Get Inspired

If you find your will to protest Trumpcare flagging, check out what the disability rights activists with ADAPT are doing, and get inspired all over again.

If you’ve been tracking anti-Trumpcare protests–the marches, sit-ins, and die-ins at Congressional offices, and other events–you’ve seen photos of people in wheelchairs being zip-tied and arrested. Those photos almost certainly show members of ADAPT, a disability rights group that’s been active since the 1970s. (The acronym now stands for Americans Disabled Attendant Programs Today.) The photo in the header of this post shows a 1978 protest in Denver, Colorado.

ADAPT’s actions in the face of threatened Medicaid cuts in the Trumpcare bill have been nothing less than heroic. Read these links:

http://adapt.org/category/media/2017-save-medicaid-coverage/

http://adapt.org/denver-adapt-members-in-police-custody-more-than-24-hours-following-a-59-hour-sit-in/

http://www.newmobility.com/2017/06/adapt-activists-arrested-senate-health-care-protest/

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/22/politics/protests-mitch-mcconnell-office-health-care-bill/index.html

https://www.vox.com/first-person/2017/6/27/15876442/healthcare-medicaid-cuts-disability-protests

http://adapt.org/time-video-shows-disability-advocates-forcibly-removed-from-senate-protest/

http://adapt.org/the-hill-43-arrested-in-obamacare-repeal-protests-at-capitol/

 

They literally put their bodies on the line to stop Trumpcare, over and over. A total of 117 activists from ADAPT were arrested while protesting the Trumpcare Senate hearing on Monday, September 25, and more were arrested Tuesday, September 26 during a protest outside the Health and Human Services (HHS) building in favor of community integration–a policy that lets disabled people stay in their homes and neighborhoods rather than a nursing facility. (Updated to note that HHS leader Tom Price resigned on Friday, September 29, over spending $1 million in taxpayer money on plane charters and military flights when he could have flown commercial instead.)

See ADAPT’s press release about the HHS protest:

http://adapt.org/20170926-press-release-disabled-activists-call-on-health-and-human-services-to-make-community-integration-a-priority/

 

You can help ADAPT by honoring their request for citizens to call the HHS and ask that its top officials meet with the organization about community integration.

Here’s the number for the HHS comment line: 202.205.5445

 

The link below is not explicitly labeled as a bail fund, but the money raised “will be used by ADAPT to cover the costs of activists from across the country as they continue to fight for civil rights and freedom for people with disabilities and older adults.”

Click it and give generously, please. As of 8:30 pm EST on September 26 they’d collected almost $62,000 against a goal of $80,000.

https://www.gofundme.com/u2jc4-adapt

 

 

The ADAPT folks are doing amazing work, and they deserve your support, both during the fight against Trumpcare and beyond.

 

Visit the ADAPT webpage:

http://adapt.org

 

Find an ADAPT group near you:

http://adapt.org/getting-involved/

 

Like ADAPT on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/NationalAdapt/

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@NationalAdapt

 

Donate to ADAPT:

http://adapt.org/donate/

 

And here’s your daily July 2017 reminder to stay on stopping Trumpcare:

 

Call your senators. Keep the pressure up. Keep urging your friends across the country to call, too.

It’s especially important to call if any of these people are your senators:

Susan Collins of Maine

Lisa Murkowski of Alaska

Rob Portman of Ohio

Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia

Cory Gardner of Colorado

Dean Heller of Nevada

Bill Cassidy of Louisiana

Jeff Flake of Arizona (but wish him condolences–his father died June 26)

Dan Sullivan of Arkansas

Bob Corker of Tennessee

Lamar Alexander of Tennessee

Richard Shelby of Alabama

Luther Strange of Alabama

Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania

Ron Johnson of Wisconsin

See https://trumpcaretoolkit.org for phone numbers and tweetable statistics about health care coverage loss in these senators’ states.

If your senators are solid Dems, call and thank them for standing firm against the AHCA.

If your senators are Republicans, call call call call call and make it damn clear that you are against the AHCA and you will vote for their opponents come reelection time.

 

 

 

 

 

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Support the Heather Heyer Foundation

Support the Heather Heyer Foundation, a non-profit set up in the name of the counter-protester who died in the motor vehicle terrorist attack in Charlottesville. 

Heyer was the sole fatality in the attack, which took place on August 12, 2017. She was 32 years old. The last message she posted to social media before her death was “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention,” and that message is at the top of the foundation page, which is bordered in purple, her favorite color.

The foundation provides scholarships and funds to people who are passionate about positive social change, as Heather was. Scholarships will go primarily to those seeking degrees or certifications in the fields of law, paralegal studies (Heyer was a paralegal), social justice, social work, and education.

 

See the web site for the Heather Heyer Foundation:

http://heatherheyerfoundation.com/index.htm

 

Donate to the Heather Heyer Foundation:

http://heatherheyerfoundation.com/Donations.htm

 

Send letters of support to the HHF:

http://heatherheyerfoundation.com/Story.htm

 

Learn how to apply for the annual scholarships in her name for paralegal studies (deadline is February 15):

http://heatherheyerfoundation.com/Scholarship.htm

 

Read a moving piece about Heather Heyer, the last day of her life, and how her friends remember her:

https://www.thecut.com/2017/08/what-heather-heyer-knew.html

 

And here’s another strong one, published by the Guardian in October 2017:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/01/heather-heyers-mother-on-hate-in-the-us-were-not-going-to-hug-it-out-but-we-can-listen-to-each-other?CMP=share_btn_tw

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Tell Your MoCs to Make Trump Keep Watch on Homegrown White Terrorists

Call your members of Congress and ask them to make sure the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program keeps monitoring and prosecuting homegrown white terrorists.

Last month, the Trump administration announced plans to narrow the focus of a government anti-terrorism program run by the Department of Homeland Security.

The CVE covers homegrown terrorist threats as well as those hatched abroad. Trump and his minions floated the notion of changing the program’s name to “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism” and focusing it on Muslim terrorists–seemingly redirecting the program from stopping Neo-Nazis and white supremacists. White racist groups exist, and they and their members have been plotting and committing terrorist acts. The most infamous recent atrocity on American soil was Dylann Roof’s murder of nine worshippers at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina in 2015.

Limiting the CVE to Islamic terrorists is a bad idea. Wittingly or not, Trump’s racist statements and his failure to quickly and strenuously condemn incidents such as the Quebec mosque shooting in January, where a young white man killed six, have emboldened  racists. Signaling that the federal government no longer sees attacking non-whites and non-Christians as terrorism will only encourage the sicker individuals among them to lash out.

Important note: Does your House rep sit on the House Homeland Security Committee? Do you have a senator on the Senate Committee for Homeland Security & Government Affairs? Then it’s that much more important for you to call about this issue. Check the committee rosters before calling:

 

House Homeland Security Committee:

https://homeland.house.gov/full_committee/

 

Senate Committee for Homeland Security & Government Affairs:

https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/about

 

Sample script: “Hello, I am (Firstname Lastname, from town, zip code). I am calling to ask (House Rep/Senator Lastname) to push back against the Trump administration’s plan to narrow the focus of the Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Violent Extremism program. Trump evidently wants to change it to focus exclusively on what he calls “radical Islamic extremism.” Doing so would send a signal to the would-be Dylann Roofs of the world that they can attack non-white, non-Christian people and the federal government will look the other way. We need to focus on stopping and prosecuting terrorists regardless of what motivates them. Attacks by white racists can do as much damage, or more, as attacks by Muslims.”

 

Read an Independent article on the planned changes to the CVE:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-cut-white-supremacism-countering-violent-extremism-programme-neo-nazi-counter-extremism-a7558796.html

 

Read the Department of Homeland Security’s main landing page for the CVE program, while it still reflects its broader focus:

https://www.dhs.gov/countering-violent-extremism

 

Read about the suspect in the Quebec mosque shooting:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-city-mosque-attack-alexandre-bissonnette-1.3958559

 

Read about Dylann Roof’s attack on the Charleston church and his subsequent death penalty sentence:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/06/18/for-charlestons-emanuel-a-m-e-church-one-of-the-oldest-in-america-shooting-is-another-painful-chapter-in-long-history/?utm_term=.7c53fb65a5ab

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Find Out If Your State Has Abortion Trigger Laws and Make Sure They’re Pro-Choice

Does your state have abortion trigger laws–laws that instantly go into effect if Roe vs Wade is overturned? Find out, and urge your state legislators to pass pro-choice laws if need be. 

Trump and the Republicans are hell-bent on overturning Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decision that ensured that women will have safe, reliable access to abortion on demand. Trump announced his intention to appoint anti-choice SCOTUS judges and, well, just look at the nonsense that so many Republicans have pursued lately on this front.

If Roe vs Wade is overturned, the power to regulate abortion access goes back to the states. It makes eminent sense, then, to see what laws your state has on its books. Many have put so-called ‘trigger laws’ in place–laws that will ban legal abortion instantly should Roe vs Wade disappear.

Is your state one of them?

First, you should learn how accessible abortion services are in your state right now. NARAL Pro-choice America has created an interactive map that will show you (scroll down a bit to find the map).

https://www.prochoiceamerica.org/laws-policy/state-government/

Mouse over your state to see if it offers strongly restricted access (red); restricted access (pinkish); some access (purple-pink); protected access (purple); or strongly protected access (blue).

Once you have learned how things are now, while abortion is legal on the federal level, go to the link below, find your local chapter of NARAL, ask whether your state has anti-choice trigger laws on the books, and ask what you can do to get them overturned.

https://www.prochoiceamerica.org/about/state-affiliates/

 

You can also use a nifty tool created by the Our States web site that shows you at a glance whether your state is considering anti-choice legislation right now. Click the link below and click on ‘Reproductive Justice’:

https://www.ourstates.org/#ourstates

 

Like NARAL Pro-Choice America’s Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/naralprochoiceamerica

 

Follow NARAL Pro-Choice on Twitter:

@NARAL

 

Donate to NARAL Pro-Choice America:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/homepage_maindonate/?refcode=mainbutton