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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

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Support the Committee to Protect Journalists

This OTYCD entry originally posted in July 2017.

Support the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), an independent nonprofit that defends the rights of journalists to report the news without reprisal.

We at OTYCD knew we would devote a post to the CPJ at some point. Trump’s July 2 tweet threatening CNN forced our hand.

Since its founding in 1981, the CPJ has vigorously defended journalists around the world from all sorts of threats. At its core it is devoted to promoting and defending the value of accurate information in a free society. It tracks how many journalists are killed for simply doing their jobs, how many have been jailed, and how many are missing. It monitors the levels of censorship in various countries. It shines a light on attacks on the press. It issues safety guides and dispatches emergency response teams to journalists and media crews working in dangerous areas.

The CPJ does good, necessary work. Please support it.

 

Visit the CPJ website:

https://cpj.org

 

Like the CPJ on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/committeetoprotectjournalists/?ref=ts

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@pressfreedom

 

Donate to the CPJ:
https://cpj20023.thankyou4caring.org

 

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Listen to Stay Tuned With Preet Bharara

This OTYCD entry originally posted in October 2017.

Download and listen to Stay Tuned with Preet Bharara, a podcast by the former New York federal prosecutor. 

When he served as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Bharara got a reputation as a crusader. He pursued corruption cases against Democrats and Republicans. He also brought more than 100 Wall Streeters to court over assorted financial shenanigans. He sued banks and Russian money launderers. He went after several people involved in the Bernie Madoff scandal.

In March 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered Bharara and the 45 other U.S. Attorneys appointed under President Obama to resign–this despite the fact that he had met Donald Trump in New York in November 2016, and he assured him he could stay on. Bharara refused to resign, so he was fired.

As of September 2017, Bharara is dishing about fairness and justice through his podcast, Stay Tuned with Preet Bharara. The debut episode is devoted to his firing.

It should be worth a listen. Check it out.

 

Download Stay Tuned with Preet Bharara from iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/stay-tuned-with-preet/id1265845136?mt=2

 

Read more about Bharara and the launch of the podcast, plus some stories that mention that CNN has hired him:

http://www.vulture.com/2017/08/preet-bharara-launches-stay-tuned-with-preet-podcast-on-wnyc.html

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-20/preet-bharara-s-first-podcast-tells-tale-of-firing-by-trump

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/09/cnn-hires-preet-bharara-former-u-s-attorney-fired-by-trump.html

 

Here also is a May 2016 profile of Bharara from the New Yorker:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/05/09/the-man-who-terrifies-wall-street

 

Also, follow him on Twitter:

@PreetBharara

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Read George Lakoff’s “A Modest Proposal: #ProtectTheTruth” and Act On It

This OTYCD entry originally posted in January 2018.

Read George Lakoff’s piece, A Modest Proposal: #ProtectTheTruth, and act on it on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, and any other time Trump attacks good journalism.

Lakoff is Director of the Center for the Neural Mind & Society at UC Berkeley and is the author of Don’t Think of an Elephant! Know Your Values and Frame the Debate, which you should read if you haven’t already.

He is convinced that Trump will attack the free press again on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. He doesn’t say why he believes Trump will lash out on that specific date, but the prediction seems to be a safe bet given how often Trump has attacked the free press to date.

Lakoff’s January 13, 2018 Medium piece equips you with tools to fight Trump and defend good journalism–the bedrock of a healthy democracy.

The link to Lakoff’s piece is below, but here are the key passages:

“Yet there’s a way to beat the troll strategy: ‘the key is to direct a ‘stream’ of pro-active, accurate messaging at the targeted audience.’

In other words, reframe to undermine the opposition’s frame, and repeat. #ProtectTheTruth

So when the president attacks the press on Wednesday, don’t take the bait. Instead, focus on truth and its moral context. Truth is under attack. Let’s protect it, and express our appreciation for those brave journalists whose job is to spotlight it.

Some ground rules:

  • Don’t use any of his terms, images, or hashtags.
  • Ignore his antics — if you retweet it you can’t defeat it, and when you embed it you spread it. Deny him the virality he craves. Ignore his antics.
  • Shift the frame to focus on powerful, truthful reporting.”

 

Read A Modest Proposal: #ProtectTheTruth.

 

See George Lakoff’s website:

https://georgelakoff.com

 

Purchase Lakoff’s books:

Books

 

Like Lakoff on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/George-Lakoff-165643503477608/

 

Follow Lakoff on Twitter:

@GeorgeLakoff

 

 

 

 

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Support Rick Wilson’s Film, Everything Trump Touches Dies (Update March 11, 2018)

This OTYCD entry originally posted in September 2017.

 

Support Everything Trump Touches Dies, a film that Florida-based Republican strategist Rick Wilson hopes to finish in time to release in January 2018.

 

Rick Wilson is a Republican who has assisted several high-level Republican campaigns. We at OTYCD began following him after the 2016 election and boy, has that guy brought the fire. He has been unsparing and relentless in his savaging of Trump. If he didn’t coin the phrase “everything Trump touches dies,” he’s certainly popularized it.

 

He plans to co-create a feature-length documentary with that title for release in January 2018. Here’s what he says about the project on its GoFundMe page:

“We’re here to tell the story of the first year of Donald Trump’s reckless, failed Presidency and the damage he’s done to America’s reputation, values, and institutions, and to the allies and supporters who put him in office and served in his White House.

 

We’ve estimated a production budget of $85,000 for a completed documentary, including all editing, shooting, footage and media rights, music, professional voiceover, travel, and legal work related to the film.

 

We hope you’ll join us in making this important film. We’re waiving our usual production fees and putting our own funds and time into the project. If we see the kind of support we know is out there, we’ll begin production immediately, and premiere the film in January of 2018.”

 

This should be good.

 

As of September 23, 2017, Wilson and his creative partner, filmmaker Ben Howe, had raised just over $27,000 for Everything Trump Touches Dies.

 

Update: As of March 11, 2018, the GoFundMe for the film had raised just over $59,000, and is still open.

 

If you can donate, please do. If you can’t, tell people about the project by promoting it on social media.

 

 

See the GoFundMe page for Everything Trump Touches Dies:

https://www.gofundme.com/everything-trump-touches-dies-film

 

 

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!

 

 

Follow Rick Wilson on Twitter, and retweet his pinned tweet, which boost the documentary project:

@TheRickWilson

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Help George Lakoff Fight A Lawsuit By Donating to This GoFundMe

Help George Lakoff fight a libel and slander lawsuit related to the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting by donating to a GoFundMe for his legal defense.

 

During a January 3, 2018 appearance on MSNBC, Lakoff said the following about Georgian-American businessman Ike Kaveladze (this quote comes from a Washington Post story linked below):

 

Right now, President Trump is in a noose. It’s the money laundering noose that’s tightening around his neck. It shows up not just in Bannon’s point about money laundering and also in the Fusion [GPS] point about money laundering in the New York Times op-ed today, but also in the fact that the main money launderer, Ike Kaveladze, was at the Trump Junior meeting in Trump Tower. He’s the eighth man there.

He is the major person who has been responsible for money laundering from Russia and other post-Soviet countries. And in addition, he set up over 2,000, you know, phony shell corporations with bank accounts and helped use that money in the bank accounts for the people doing the money laundering from Russia to get luxury apartments and luxury condos. The fact that he was invited by Trump Junior to that meeting indicates that Trump Junior knew him well.

 

Kaveladze has brought suit against Lakoff over this.

 

Lakoff is a good guy, a smart guy, and a hero in the eyes of us at OTYCD. Please consider donating to a GoFundMe for his legal defense.

 

As of February 11, 2018, it had raised more than $22,000 toward its goal of $150,000.

 

 

Donate to Lakoff’s legal defense fund:

https://www.gofundme.com/lakoff-freedom-and-truth-legal-fund

 

 

Read a Washington Post story about the lawsuit:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2018/01/31/eighth-man-in-famed-trump-tower-meeting-sues-msnbc-guest-over-money-laundering-claim/?utm_term=.8f1ec348636e

 

 

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 George Lakoff’s website:

https://georgelakoff.com

 

 

Purchase Lakoff’s books:

Books

 

 

Like Lakoff on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/George-Lakoff-165643503477608/

 

 

Follow Lakoff on Twitter:

@GeorgeLakoff

 

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Support the Student Press Law Center, Which Fights for the First Amendment Rights of Journalists In High School and College

Support the Student Press Law Center (SPLC), which fights for the First Amendment rights of journalists in high school and college.

 

Good journalists don’t come from nowhere. They have to learn their craft, and many start with their high school or college papers.

 

Unfortunately, these young journalists face barriers that adult journalists face far less often–outright censorship from school staff, pressure to change stories, retaliatory budget cuts, and the like.

 

The SPLC is the only nonprofit that defends the free press rights of journalists in high school and college. It fields more than 2,000 inquiries on its legal advice hotline every year. It also advocates for open campus government, defends online speech, and encourages civic participation. It provides its legal services to students for free.

 

With the uptick in student walkouts and protests, which began rising after the creation of the Black Lives Matter movement, the intensity surrounding the plight of the Dreamers, and demands for common-sense gun laws after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, student journalists will be under more pressure and more in need of help.

 

The actions of the Trump administration has shown why good journalism is vital to a healthy democracy. We need to support tomorrow’s journalists as well as today’s.

 

 

See the SPLC webpage:

http://www.splc.org

 

 

See its ‘Covering Walk-outs and Protests’ page:

http://www.splc.org/page/covering-walkouts-and-protests

 

 

Request legal help from the SPLC:

http://www.splc.org/page/legalrequest

 

 

Become an attorney volunteer for the SPLC:

http://www.splc.org/page/volunteer

 

 

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!

 

 

Donate to the SPLC:

http://www.splc.org/page/donate

 

 

Like it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/StudentPress

 

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@SPLC