Marches and Protests · Uncategorized

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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Marches and Protests · Uncategorized

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!

 

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Impeachment Update, December 16: Get Ready to Protest Tomorrow, and Keep Calling

MoveOn.org has hundreds of No One Is Above the Law protests scheduled for tomorrow, December 17, 2019. Can you go? ALSO! Call your Members of Congress (MoCs) to express support for the impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives, and encourage all your friends across the country to do the same. 

 

Also, your 2019 To-Do List:

https://onethingyoucando.com/your-2019-to-do-list/

 

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

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

 

So, we have a date for the floor vote on impeachment in the House of Representatives on two counts: abuse of power, and obstruction of Congress. It happens Wednesday, December 18, 2019.

 

The floor vote is the one that the entire House of Representatives participates in, not just the involved House committees.

 

MoveOn.org has hundreds, literally hundreds, of No One Is Above the Law protests scheduled the night before the vote to show support for the impeachment proceedings. Odds are you won’t have to go to your state capitol to make your voice heard.

 

The protests are scheduled for Tuesday, December 17, mostly on or around 5:30 pm in your local time zone, whatever that might be. (Make sure to check the individual listing for the protest location you’re most interested in. The event might take place at a different time that day.)

 

Find your nearest protest sites here by plugging in your zip code:

 

MoveOn: People-Powered Progress

 

If you can’t go, you can help in other ways, such as driving protesters to the protest site and picking them up after; pitching in for gas and parking for other protesters; giving employees time off work to join a protest; providing babysitting, petsitting, elder care, or other such services that will allow someone to attend a protest; and boosting the protests on social media.

 

It is also That! Much! More! Important! That you call your members of Congress, starting with your House rep, to voice support for impeachment.

 

Outraged Trumpistas are bombing their lines with angry anti-impeachment calls. If you didn’t step up before, you gotta step up now.

 

This holds even if you’re sure your Congressfolk will do the right thing. Hearing from pro-impeachment constituents shows them you care and helps them stay on their path.

 

This holds even if you’re sure your Congressfolk won’t do the right thing. Hearing from pro-impeachment constituents matters, because their staff keeps tabs on how many calls they receive on specific issues. Even if pro-impeachment calls don’t change their vote, it shows them the risk they are running, and shows them how their voters feel on the issue.

 

This definitely holds if your Congressfolk have been squishy on impeachment (not that there are many of those, but still).

 

And! You need to urge your friends and family to call their Congressfolk and say they support the impeachment process.

 

Tell them their efforts matter, and tell them they do need to call and speak to a live person or leave a voicemail, or alternately, send an email. If they don’t know who their Congressfolk are or how to reach them, use this tool to look them up:

https://whoismyrepresentative.com

 

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.

 

If she goes silent (she has deadlines to meet before the year ends and might not be on Twitter every day), 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/

 

If you’ve ignored all the OTYCD posts urging you to call on impeachment to date, now is the time to get involved. Trumpistas will, are, and will continue to ring the offices of their members of Congress to scream and bleat and threaten as impeachment comes to a head in the House; it’s extra-important for you to step up and voice your support, for that very reason.

 

Important backstory: Impeachment starts in the House of Representatives before moving to the Senate. An impeachment inquiry, which is what’s happening now, is pretty much like the grand jury stage of legal proceedings—witnesses are called, and a fair amount is done in secret.

 

When you hear the phrase “impeachment and removal,” that refers to the House acting to impeach and the Senate voting to remove Trump from the office of the president. While the U.S. Congress has impeached presidents, none have been removed—they’ve either quit before the Senate trial and vote, or the Senate voted to acquit.

 

Only the House is actively involved in impeachment proceedings right now. Your House rep may be in a position to act on the impeachment inquiry. Your calls to your rep should focus on things your rep can do.

 

You should call your Senators even though the Senate is not involved yet. These calls should start with “I realize the House is still working on impeachment” or some other statement that recognizes it’s not yet with the Senate.

 

Rephrase your statement for your House rep in terms that ask your Senators to publicly support the recent actions of House Dems, or to make note of the recent actions and ready themselves to be jurors.

 

Another point I like to hit when talking to my Senators, who are both Dems, is to talk to their GOP colleagues. I’ve asked them to stress the fact that we’ve had almost three years to watch Trump’s performance in the job, and the only thing he’s learning is how to stifle oversight and abuse the powers of the presidency more effectively. I also ask them to voice the fact that things are only going to get worse, not better, until Trump is impeached and removed.

 

Point friends and family to Celeste’s feed as well, or copy and paste Pewter’s latest script and send it to them, if that works best.

 

Making phone calls is still the best way to reach your MoCs. If it’s after hours or a weekend, leave a voicemail. If you can’t call your reps, email them.

 

Help friends find their MoCs and the relevant contact information for each of the three.

 

Give them all the help and support they need to make the calls. Don’t nag. Just encourage, and celebrate every action they take.

 

After you make your daily MoC calls, please show your appreciation for Celeste Pewter in some fashion.

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Action Alerts · Call Your Members of Congress · Community Activism · Impeachment Proceedings · Marches and Protests · Use Your Power, Recruit Friends

Impeachment Inquiry, December 12 Update (The House of Representatives Votes Soon, Possibly Today)

 

Call your Members of Congress (MoCs) to express support for the impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives, and encourage all your friends across the country to do the same. 

 

Also, your 2019 To-Do List:

https://onethingyoucando.com/your-2019-to-do-list/

 

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

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

 

On December 10, the House Judiciary Committee unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Trump: one for abuse of power, and another for obstruction of Congress.

 

Both are specific to the issues surrounding the withholding of aid to Ukraine.

 

Soon, the House will vote on these two articles of impeachment.

 

Know also that the night before the vote, MoveOn will hold Nobody Is Above the Law protest events across America in support of the impeachment proceedings.

 

Holding it the night before the vote—which could happen as soon as Thursday, December 12, 2019—is logistically difficult for many because of the elasticity of the date. But if you can attend, please do. If you can’t, please help others attend by watching their kids, giving them time off work, paying for their gas and parking, or whatever else works.

 

You can find your nearest protest location here: https://front.moveon.org

 

And of course, what you need to be doing now is what you’ve been doing these past several weeks: calling your MoCs every day to support the impeachment inquiry, and asking friends and family, particularly those in red states, to do the same.

 

Yes, you need to do this even though only the House of Representatives is directly involved right now. Once the House drafts articles of impeachment, they go to the Senate, where the 100 senators serve as a jury. Even though it’s not the Senate’s turn yet, you need to pressure your Senators and keep impeachment on their radar.

 

Yes, you need to make these calls even if you have bullheaded blood-red GOP Senators. Their offices log all the calls they get on various issues, even if they don’t agree with the stances of the constituents who call. You can pressure them and make them sweat through the brute force of the volume of the calls.

 

Before you 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.

 

If she goes silent (she has deadlines to meet before the year ends and might not be on Twitter every day), 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/

 

If you’ve ignored all the OTYCD posts urging you to call on impeachment to date, now is the time to get involved. Trumpistas will, are, and will continue to ring the offices of their members of Congress to scream and bleat and threaten as impeachment comes to a head in the House; it’s extra-important for you to step up and voice your support, for that very reason.

 

Important backstory: Impeachment starts in the House of Representatives before moving to the Senate. An impeachment inquiry, which is what’s happening now, is pretty much like the grand jury stage of legal proceedings—witnesses are called, and a fair amount is done in secret.

 

When you hear the phrase “impeachment and removal,” that refers to the House acting to impeach and the Senate voting to remove Trump from the office of the president. While the U.S. Congress has impeached presidents, none have been removed—they’ve either quit before the Senate trial and vote, or the Senate voted to acquit.

 

Only the House is actively involved in impeachment proceedings right now. Your House rep may be in a position to act on the impeachment inquiry. Your calls to your rep should focus on things your rep can do.

 

You should call your Senators even though the Senate is not involved yet. These calls should start with “I realize the House is still working on impeachment” or some other statement that recognizes it’s not yet with the Senate.

 

Rephrase your statement for your House rep in terms that ask your Senators to publicly support the recent actions of House Dems, or to make note of the recent actions and ready themselves to be jurors.

 

Another point I like to hit when talking to my Senators, who are both Dems, is to talk to their GOP colleagues. I’ve asked them to stress the fact that we’ve had almost three years to watch Trump’s performance in the job, and the only thing he’s learning is how to stifle oversight and abuse the powers of the presidency more effectively. I also ask them to voice the fact that things are only going to get worse, not better, until Trump is impeached and removed.

 

Point friends and family to Celeste’s feed as well, or copy and paste Pewter’s latest script and send it to them, if that works best.

 

Making phone calls is still the best way to reach your MoCs. If it’s after hours or a weekend, leave a voicemail. If you can’t call your reps, email them.

 

Help friends find their MoCs and the relevant contact information for each of the three.

 

Give them all the help and support they need to make the calls. Don’t nag. Just encourage, and celebrate every action they take.

 

After you make your daily MoC calls, please show your appreciation for Celeste Pewter in some fashion.

 

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!

 

Community Activism · Marches and Protests · Use Your Power, Recruit Friends

Invite a Friend to Come With You to Marches

This OTYCD entry originally posted in July 2017.

 

Are you going to a protest or a march in your area? Invite at least one friend to come with you.

 

First, please read the post titled Learn to Welcome People to the Movement, Period, Full Stop:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/04/03/learn-to-welcome-others-to-the-movement-period-full-stop-2/

 

Part of your power is the power to encourage others to join you in protest. If you’re going to any of the marches this month, make a point of inviting others to come with you. If you’ve already invited people to come with you, try to add someone who has never come to a protest march before, or hasn’t come to one in the Trump era.

 

Be prepared to offer extra help. Do they need a ride? Do they need money for lunch or snacks? Do they need cold-weather gear? See what you can do to remove whatever’s standing in the way of their participation.

 

It’s not about offering someone an engraved invitation. It’s about using your power as someone your friend respects and trusts for good. You matter, and they matter. Going to protests matter. Join forces and do so together.

 

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Action Alerts · Marches and Protests

Read A Story About Hong Kong Protestors Protecting Themselves from Their Own Government

Read a story about protestors in Hong Kong taking precautions against retaliation from the Chinese government for their actions.

 

It’s dated June 12, 2019 and is from the AFP service.

 

If you are a full-time activist, you probably already know these methods and practice at least some of them. We at OTYCD are pointing you toward this story so you can mull it over and make yourself aware of ways to protect yourself.

 

We feel weird and a little gross doing this, but the increasing authoritarianism of the Trump administration, as of July 2019, convinces us it’s something you all should see.

 

Read Surveillance-savvy Hong Kong Protesters Go Digitally Dark:

https://news.yahoo.com/surveillance-savvy-hong-kong-protesters-digitally-dark-003014805.html

 

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Attend a Lights for Liberty Protest Near You on Friday, July 12

Attend a Lights for Liberty protest near you on Friday, July 12.

 

The protest’s full name is Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps. Events that draw attention to the crisis created by the camps and by the Trump administration’s policies are planned across America and the world.

 

Because these protests are vigils, most events will take place at night, and many will take place near facilities that are holding migrants.

 

Events are being added all the time. We’re dropping the direct link to the event list here but will repeat it below.

https://www.lightsforliberty.org/localevents

 

If you can go, please consider inviting friends and family to come with you. You have power, and now is the time to use it.

 

If you can’t go, and you have experience with caring for children, consider offering to babysit for other protestors.

 

You can also boost #LightsforLiberty on social media, buy Lights for Liberty merch, and donate to the organizers.

 

Main website for Lights for Liberty:

https://www.lightsforliberty.org

 

List of Lights for Liberty local events:

https://www.lightsforliberty.org/localevents

 

Link to the form through which you can create your own Lights for Liberty event (please scroll down; please remember to obtain any permissions or permits you might need; and please choose an area that’s accessible to the disabled):

https://www.lightsforliberty.org/localevents

 

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!

 

Donate to Lights for Liberty:

https://www.lightsforliberty.org/donate-index-impact

 

Purchase Lights for Liberty merch:

https://shop.spreadshirt.com/lights-for-liberty/

 

Like the Lights for Liberty Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/lights4liberty/

 

Follow Lights for Liberty on Twitter:

@Lights4Liberty