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Take the #KremlinAnnex Challenge Before February 22

Take the #KremlinAnnex challenge, a social media effort, before the February 22 deadline.

 

We’ve written about the #KremlinAnnex protests before, and urged you to support them. These are daily protests, held in Washington, D.C., in Lafayette Park. They began in July 2018, not long after Trump’s appalling meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland. (Hence the name, and the hashtag.)

 

In a Thread of Uplift started on Twitter by the excellent Walt Shaub (@waltshaub), Kremlin Annexeer Melissa Barlow (@Literary Mouse) mentioned a new social media activity:

 

ICYMI: Me and the #KremlinAnnex crew have a challenge: We need people from all 50 states (plus DC + territories!) to take pics of themselves with signs that say, “I won’t let Trump threaten (insert state here).” Post the pics to Twitter with the hashtag #NoTrumpShakedowns.

 

The deadline to take and share your picture is February 22, 2020.

 

Have at it, folks!

 

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Support the #KremlinAnnex Protests and Start Your Own #StandOnEveryCorner Protest

This OTYCD post originally ran in July 2018. We’re rerunning it now if you’re feeling the need to protest more often, and at more accessible times than weekday nights on or around rush hour.

 

To find a #StandOnEveryCorner protest near you, check the organization’s website:

https://standoneverycorner.com

…and contact the organizers before showing up, to make sure the standing event is in fact happening.

 

The text below has been updated and amended.

 

Support the #KremlinAnnex protests in Washington, D.C., and start your own #StandOnEveryCorner protest.

 

So, have you noticed things are coming to a head? Yeah.

 

Helsinki was the last straw for a lot of people. Those who were close enough to Lafayette Park, which is near the White House in Washington, D.C., gathered spontaneously on the night of July 16, 2018.

 

It has its own hashtag on Twitter: #KremlinAnnex

 

Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko), a political advisor to Hillary Clinton, is leading an effort to sustain the Lafayette Park protests until we get real movement on Trump–he quits, Congress successfully impeaches him or sidelines his agenda by having three Republican Senators quit caucusing with the party, etc.

 

Parkhomenko has arranged to accept donations to the #KremlinAnnex movement through ActBlue. To be clear–all we have is the ActBlue link, which lists past headliners at the nightly protests. That’s all we have as far as explanation of where the money goes and what it underwrites. If we find an org that’s supplying bottled water, food, free transportation to the protestors, etc., we’ll add it here.

 

ActBlue link for donating to the #KremlinAnnex protests:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/occupylafayettepark?abt=twitter

 

If you don’t live near Washington, D.C. and can’t get there anytime soon, consider starting a nightly protest near you.

 

People are Fed Up with Trump and his evil minions, and they’re not content to wait for periodic word of big, organized protests. Not that long before Helsinki, a few folks around the country had decided to make signs and do daily protests on their lunch hour, or after dinner.

 

As people have seen other protestors’ social media posts about their own spontaneous daily actions, it’s snowballed into a movement of its own: #StandOnEveryCorner.

 

Helsinki and #KremlinAnnex gave it a real push. You can follow the #StandOnEveryCorner hashtag to see what others are doing.

 

The person who started it–who began standing on his local corner a few weeks before it evolved into a hashtagged movement–is Bryce Tache (@brycetache). As of July 19,  2018, he and friends and neighbors in Minneapolis, Minnesota had gathered for an hour every night in Pearl Park for 30 days straight. (They’ve done many more since.)

 

Don’t be content to watch and wait. Make a sign, choose a good place to stand and a time when you can be there every day, and just do it. Invite friends and tweet pictures using the #StandOnEveryCorner hashtag.

 

If you need suggestions on choice local protest spots, pull up MoveOn’s signup site for its No One Is Above the Law protests, which would be triggered if Trump fires Mueller, Rosenstein, or makes other moves to destroy the Trump-Russia probe. Plug in your zip code and see where that protest would take place. See if it works for you. If not, do some thinking and scouting and choose a place that’s like it.

https://act.moveon.org/event/mueller-firing-rapid-response-events/search/

 

But! In scouting for a protest spot, make sure that it’s accessible to people who use wheelchairs, walkers, and canes. They should be able to get to the spot under their own power, at their own pace, and without assistance. If someone has to help them up and over a curb to get there, pick a better place.

 

Also consider bringing a few folding chairs for those who can’t stand for long periods.

 

And it’s a good idea to prep and bring a “wardrobe” of protest signs for passersby who see your #StandOnEveryCorner gathering and want to join you then and there. Make it as easy as possible for them to jump in.

 

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Impeachment Update, February 4: Call Your Senators and Attend a Reject the Coverup Rally on Wednesday, February 5

Impeachment update, February 4, 2020: Keep calling your Senators, and see if you can get to a Reject the Coverup Rally on Wednesday, February 5.

 

Choose your Core Four for 2020 PLUS a Voting Rights organization to support:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2019/12/27/choose-your-core-four-plus-a-voting-rights-org-to-support-in-2020/

 

If you need to do something NowRightNow to fight against [Fresh Horror]:

https://onethingyoucando.com/want-to-do-more/

 

 

On Friday, January 31, 2020, the GOP-controlled Senate voted against hearing witnesses in President Trump’s impeachment trial, ensuring that it would be a sham.

 

Closing arguments took place Monday, February 3. Final votes to wind it all down take place on Wednesday, February 5.

 

We at OTYCD recommend that you keep calling your Senators. Yes, even now. Because it’s  not over just yet.

 

The GOP-led Senate might be in cahoots with Trump to control the proceedings, and they are hell-bent on bringing this to a close even though there’s a multitude of polls showing that between 72 and 80 percent of Americans want the trial to hear witnesses and consider evidence (you know, like an actual trial would).

 

That doesn’t mean we have to make it easy for them.

 

Be like the spike strips at a car rental place that are there to stop someone from going in the wrong direction. Sure, they can try doing that, and the car might be driveable afterward, but they’ll fuck up the undercarriage and flatten the tires.

 

Make the GOP Senate feel the phantom limb pain where their souls used to be.

 

You should also call if you have Dem Senators who are thoroughly sensible and sane. Their pro-GOP constituents will be bombing them with irate calls. Counter those calls and encourage them to stay steady.

 

Then call your House rep and express support for the House delegation of impeachment managers that argued case for removal. It’s extra-important to call if your House rep is Nancy Pelosi or one of the seven impeachment managers.

 

See the list of impeachment managers here:

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/15/794256540/who-are-the-impeachment-managers-pelosi-unveils-diverse-team-for-trump-trial

 

Before you place your own daily call, check the Twitter feed of Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter), so you can tailor your comment about the impeachment inquiry to the day’s events. 

 

She is quick on the draw with calling scripts–way faster than I could ever hope to be–and will have a template you can use or adapt when making your calls to MoCs.

 

Even if she doesn’t have a specific template, she will retweet and comment on events that you can cite in your new daily call.

 

You can also look to the resources cited in our post on what you can do NowRightNow to fight [Fresh Horror] for fresh news you can cite. The link is above but here it is again:

 

https://onethingyoucando.com/want-to-do-more/

 

Know also: Protests against the end of the trial are being planned as we prepare this post.

 

The largest effort appears to be the Reject the Coverup rallies, which are planned for Wednesday, February 5.

 

Protest partners include United We Dream, the NAACP, Greenpeace, NextGen America, MoveOn, Resistbot, Indivisible, Common Cause,and many others.

 

You can see the closest event to you by going to this link. Unfortunately, as of Sunday February 2, when we readied this post, there appeared to be no consensus on start times. Please keep checking the Reject the Coverup website and social media for this info.

 

If there isn’t an event near enough to you, or if there is and you can’t go, do what you can to make it possible for others to go. Offer gas money or bus fare. Offer care-giving services. If you’re a business owner, give your people paid time off to attend the protest.

 

You can also spread the word about the protest and boost the #RejectTheCoverup hashtag on social media.

 

Also continuing are the #SwarmTheSenate protests in Washington, D.C., in the Hart Building. Those have been going since January 6, 2020.

 

Elsewhere in D.C., the #KremlinAnnex folks continue their nightly protests in Lafayette Square.

 

And, apparently separate from the #RejectTheCoverup protests, a #TakeItBack protest will take place in Manhattan at Columbus Circle on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 5:30 pm, EST.

 

If we at OTYCD hear of other protests related to the Senate impeachment trial, we will update this post accordingly.

 

See the main site for the Reject the Coverup protest:

Home – Events

 

And to step back to Celeste Pewter, godddess of call scripts, please show your support for her and her noble work in one of these ways:

 

You can follow her on Twitter: @Celeste_Pewter

 

You can donate money to her through her Ko-fi:

https://ko-fi.com/A012IFW

 

You can tweet about calling your MoCs, using the #ICalledMyReps hashtag.

 

You can follow @ICalledMyReps on Twitter.

 

And you can subscribe to her peerless newsletter, It’s Time to Fight:

http://itstimetofight.weebly.com

 

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Impeachment Update, February 3: Call Your Senators and Attend a Reject the Coverup Rally on Wednesday, February 5

Impeachment update, February 3, 2020: Keep calling your Senators, and see if you can get to a Reject the Coverup Rally on Wednesday, February 5.

 

Choose your Core Four for 2020 PLUS a Voting Rights organization to support:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2019/12/27/choose-your-core-four-plus-a-voting-rights-org-to-support-in-2020/

 

If you need to do something NowRightNow to fight against [Fresh Horror]:

https://onethingyoucando.com/want-to-do-more/

 

 

On Friday, January 31, 2020, the GOP-controlled Senate voted against hearing witnesses in President Trump’s impeachment trial, ensuring that it would be a sham.

 

Closing arguments begin today, Monday, February 3. Final votes to wind it all down take place on Wednesday, February 5.

 

We at OTYCD recommend that you keep calling your Senators. Yes, even now. Because it’s  not over just yet.

 

The GOP-led Senate might be in cahoots with Trump to control the proceedings, and they are hell-bent on bringing this to a close even though there’s a multitude of polls showing that between 72 and 80 percent of Americans want the trial to hear witnesses and consider evidence (you know, like an actual trial would).

 

That doesn’t mean we have to make it easy for them.

 

Be like the spike strips at a car rental place that are there to stop someone from going in the wrong direction. Sure, they can try doing that, and the car might be driveable afterward, but they’ll fuck up the undercarriage and flatten the tires.

 

Make the GOP Senate feel the phantom limb pain where their souls used to be.

 

You should also call if you have Dem Senators who are thoroughly sensible and sane. Their pro-GOP constituents will be bombing them with irate calls. Counter those calls and encourage them to stay steady.

 

Then call your House rep and express support for the House delegation of impeachment managers that argued case for removal. It’s extra-important to call if your House rep is Nancy Pelosi or one of the seven impeachment managers.

 

See the list of impeachment managers here:

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/15/794256540/who-are-the-impeachment-managers-pelosi-unveils-diverse-team-for-trump-trial

 

Before you place your own daily call, check the Twitter feed of Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter), so you can tailor your comment about the impeachment inquiry to the day’s events. 

 

She is quick on the draw with calling scripts–way faster than I could ever hope to be–and will have a template you can use or adapt when making your calls to MoCs.

 

Even if she doesn’t have a specific template, she will retweet and comment on events that you can cite in your new daily call.

 

You can also look to the resources cited in our post on what you can do NowRightNow to fight [Fresh Horror] for fresh news you can cite. The link is above but here it is again:

 

https://onethingyoucando.com/want-to-do-more/

 

Know also: Protests against the end of the trial are being planned as we prepare this post.

 

The largest effort appears to be the Reject the Coverup rallies, which are planned for Wednesday, February 5.

 

Protest partners include United We Dream, the NAACP, Greenpeace, NextGen America, MoveOn, Resistbot, Indivisible, Common Cause,and many others.

 

You can see the closest event to you by going to this link. Unfortunately, as of Sunday February 2, when we readied this post, there appeared to be no consensus on start times. Please keep checking the Reject the Coverup website and social media for this info.

 

If there isn’t an event near enough to you, or if there is and you can’t go, do what you can to make it possible for others to go. Offer gas money or bus fare. Offer care-giving services. If you’re a business owner, give your people paid time off to attend the protest.

 

You can also spread the word about the protest and boost the #RejectTheCoverup hashtag on social media.

 

Also continuing are the #SwarmTheSenate protests in Washington, D.C., in the Hart Building. Those have been going since January 6, 2020.

 

Elsewhere in D.C., the #KremlinAnnex folks continue their nightly protests in Lafayette Square.

 

And, apparently separate from the #RejectTheCoverup protests, a #TakeItBack protest will take place in Manhattan at Columbus Circle on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 5:30 pm, EST.

 

If we at OTYCD hear of other protests related to the Senate impeachment trial, we will update this post accordingly.

 

See the main site for the Reject the Coverup protest:

Home – Events

 

And to step back to Celeste Pewter, godddess of call scripts, please show your support for her and her noble work in one of these ways:

 

You can follow her on Twitter: @Celeste_Pewter

 

You can donate money to her through her Ko-fi:

https://ko-fi.com/A012IFW

 

You can tweet about calling your MoCs, using the #ICalledMyReps hashtag.

 

You can follow @ICalledMyReps on Twitter.

 

And you can subscribe to her 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!

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Attend a Reject the Coverup Rally Near You on Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Attend a Reject the Coverup rally on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.

 

Well, we were braced for impact, but it still sucked.

 

On Friday, January 31, 2020, the GOP-controlled Senate formally voted down hearing witnesses in the impeachment trial of President Trump by a narrow margin.

 

We at OTYCD assume you’re already shouldering the work of voting out as many of the GOP Senators we can who are up for re-election in 2020.

 

We’ll also need to keep calling to voice support for a fair trial until the absolute end of the proceedings; that vote will likely take place on Wednesday, February 5.

 

And hey, here’s something else that takes place on February 5 that will let you show your displeasure. Reject the Coverup rallies are now being planned to take place that very day.

 

As we prep this blog post, local events are winking into being, and there’s no consensus on a start time.

 

You can see the closest event to you by going to this link.

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Join A No War With Iran Protest TODAY, January 9, 2020. Events Start at 5 pm Local Time, Wherever You Are

Join a No War With Iran protest TODAY, January 9, 2020. The events will start at 5 pm your local time, whatever time zone you are in.

 

Sarah Jane here. I cleared my after-dinner schedule for January 7 to make time to juggle the OTYCD queue to spread the word about these anti-war protests.

 

Then Iran struck back, as we had all expected.

 

So, yeah. These protests are even more timely than they were when they were originally planned.

 

These protests are another MoveOn.org action, in conjunction with Indivisible, Win Without War, NIAC Action, and more.

 

The website is: nowarwithiran.org.

 

Go here and plug in your zip code to find the protest site nearest you. No doubt, many more will be added in the hours leading up to the 5 pm go-time.

 

If you can’t attend, think about how you might be able to help others attend–offering rides, parking and gas money, taking over caregiving duties, whatever works.

 

If you can’t attend and can’t assist in that manner, spread the word about the protests on social media and boost the protests as they take place today, starting at 5 pm.

 

And! Don’t forget to call your members of Congress–your House Rep and both your Senators–to voice your opposition to possible war with Iran.

 

Please see Celeste Pewter’s feed on Twitter (@Celeste_Pewter) for up-to-date scripts.

 

If you’re seeing this post after hours, still call your Congressfolk, but leave them voice mail messages.

 

If their voice mail is full, use the email message function on their official web pages.

 

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Join a No War With Iran Protest Tomorrow, January 9, 2020, at 5 pm at Your Local Time

Join a No War With Iran protest on January 9, 2020. They will start at 5 pm your local time, whatever time zone you are in.

 

Sarah Jane here. I cleared my after-dinner schedule for January 7 to make time to juggle the OTYCD queue to spread the word about these anti-war protests.

 

Then Iran struck back, as we had all expected.

 

So, yeah. These protests are even more timely than they were when they were originally planned.

 

These protests are another MoveOn.org action, in conjunction with Indivisible, Win Without War, NIAC Action, and more.

 

The website is: nowarwithiran.org.

 

Go here and plug in your zip code to find the protest site nearest you. No doubt, many more will be added in the hours leading up to Thursday.

 

If you can’t attend, think about how you might be able to help others attend–offering rides, parking and gas money, taking over caregiving duties, whatever works.

 

If you can’t attend and can’t assist in that manner, spread the word about the protests on social media and boost the protests as they take place on January 9.

 

And! Don’t forget to call your members of Congress–your House Rep and both your Senators–to voice your opposition to possible war with Iran.

 

Please see Celeste Pewter’s feed on Twitter (@Celeste_Pewter) for up-to-date scripts.

 

If you’re seeing this post after hours, still call your Congressfolk, but leave them voice mail messages.

 

If their voice mail is full, use the email message function on their official web pages.

 

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!