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Help John Oliver Keep Up The Great Work By Subscribing to HBO

Support the work of John Oliver and his team at Last Week Tonight by subscribing to Home Box Office (HBO) and telling HBO that you signed on specifically to get his show.

Comedian John Oliver, alumnus of Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show, has done powerful and impressive work before and since the election of Donald Trump. If we manage to save net neutrality, he and his #GoFCCYourself campaign will deserve a big slice of the credit.

While the 2016 presidential campaign was still live, Oliver called attention to the madness of the presidential primary process and asked us to reserve February 2, 2018, as the day to ask our legislators to fix it. (Yes, we will write a post to remind you of that, but there’s no harm in marking your calendars if you haven’t already.)

He’s aimed his guns at income inequality, payday loans, the rank injustices of the prison system, student debt, civil asset forfeiture, and dozens of other vital issues.

You’ve learned a lot from him, admit it. So forgive us for asking, but do you watch his segments for free online, or do you subscribe to HBO?

If you don’t, well, it’s past time for you to subscribe to HBO. And when you do, please go out of your way to tell HBO that you signed up specifically because it runs Last Week Tonight, and you want Oliver and his team to carry on with their good work.

 

Sign up for HBO, with or without cable:

http://www.hbo.com/order/get-hbo.html

 

Once you’ve done that, contact HBO and tell them you subscribed expressly to support John Oliver and Last Week Tonight:

http://www.hbo.com/about/contact-us.html

 

Follow Last Week Tonight on Twitter:

@LastWeekTonight

 

Like the show on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/LastWeekTonight

 

Follow John Oliver on Twitter:

@iamjohnoliver

 

Read about Last Week Tonight‘s #GoFCCYourself campaign and how effective it’s been:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/talkingtech/2017/05/09/john-oliver-may-have-helped-spur-150000-comments-fcc-net-neutrality/101480100/

http://deadline.com/2017/05/john-oliver-donald-trump-fcc-net-neutrality-ajit-pai-1202086601/

https://news.fastcompany.com/to-support-net-neutrality-john-oliver-just-helped-crash-the-fccs-website-again-4036955

http://theweek.com/speedreads/697291/john-oliver-sounds-warning-siren-net-neutrality-summoning-internet-horde-that-saved-before

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-net-neutrality-john-oliver-20170508-htmlstory.html

 

Read about how the efforts of John Oliver and Last Week Tonight have boosted other worthy anti-Trump and pro-democracy causes:

http://www.poynter.org/2016/propublica-is-seeing-a-surge-in-donations-after-john-olivers-trump-segment/439254/

http://lastnighton.com/2016/11/15/john-olivers-last-week-tonight-trump-segment-spurs-donation-increase/

 

 

 

 

Marches and Protests

Keep Going to Protests. They Piss Trump Off.

Keep going to protests. Seeing big crowds arrayed against him annoys the everloving crap out of Trump.

Protests cost time and money. Making signs, transportation, parking, seasonal weather gear–it all adds up. And it can be tough and anxiety-provoking to join a big crowd in a public place in a major city.

Keep doing it. It works. And think about joining the planning or fundraising committees of future protests.

In late April, Vox did a piece called 4 rules for making a protest work, according to experts. The link to the full story is below, but here’s a key passage:

 

The longer and louder a protest persists, the more likely the government is to take action.

Daniel Q. Gillion, a sociologist at the University of Pennsylvania and author of The Political Power of Protest, has focused his career on figuring out whether a protest can make a real change. “The answer is that it does,” he says.

But it’s not that easy. Conservatives can point to the current mass gatherings and smear them as fringe — unruly mobs of political correctness gone wild. A “protest can embolden politicians to stay the course, and conservative politicians like Trump might be emboldened,” said Gillion.

For a protest to spur change, he finds, it has to become unignorable.

In his studies of decades’ worth of minority activism, Gillion has identified several factors that are key to upping a protest’s salience and, in turn, making real political change.

They include:

  • Whether the protest lasts longer than a day
  • If there are more than 100 people involved
  • If police were present
  • If political organizations were attached to the protest
  • If there were arrests, injuries, or reports of property damage
  • Whether a death occurred

 

Obviously, we’ll all want to continue to avoid the last two on that list, but please continue to come out to protest, and look for protests that fit the first four criteria. We at OTYCD will continue to alert you to nationwide protests of note.

 

Also, here’s a Politico article from around the same time that shows that the protests get under Trump’s onion-thin skin:

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/donald-trump-protesters-237303

 

And here is the full article from Vox:

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/1/31/14430584/protest-trump-strategies-experts

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Join the Network for Public Education and Combat Betsy DeVos’s Agenda

Want to resist the democracy-destroying agenda of Department of Education head Betsy DeVos? Join the Network for Public Education.

Founded in 2013 by Diane Ravitch, a historian of education and author of numerous books, including Left Back: A Century of Battles Over School Reform and The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education, it aims to protect and defend the nation’s public school system from the forces that would destroy it.

 

Visit the Network for Public Education’s web page:

https://networkforpubliceducation.org

 

See its agenda:

https://networkforpubliceducation.org/about-npe/our-positive-agenda/

 

Join its grassroots network (scroll down to find your state):

https://networkforpubliceducation.org/grassroots-education-network-3/

 

Review its Toolkit that explains school privatization, and why it’s a problem:

https://networkforpubliceducation.org/9121-2/

 

Like it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/networkforpubliced/

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@Network4PubEd

 

Donate to the Network for Public Education:

https://networkforpubliceducation.org/about-npe/donate/

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Learn from How Italians Ultimately Defeated Silvio Berlusconi

 

Trump has been likened to Hitler, Mussolini, and other 20th-century autocrats, but his closest analog is Silvio Berlusconi, the blustering, womanizing media mogul who served as Italy’s prime minister from 1994 to 2001.

In this November 2016 New York Times op-ed, Luigi Zingales shows us how to avoid the mistakes of Berlusconi opponents, which had the effect of prolonging his grip on power.

The key point to remember:

Attack what Trump does, not who he is. Yes, he’s morally bankrupt. Yes, he’s an awful human being. Yes, he’s unbelievably ignorant. Yes, his view of women is horrific. Yes, his twitter-squawkings are insane. Yes, he looks goddamn ridiculous.

If you need to complain about things like that, vent in a private Facebook group, or some other protected space. Empty it from your mind, then go out and shine a light on what he is doing, and explain why what he’s doing is bad.

You need to do it in a way that spotlights the consequences of his actions as president, and not on why Trump, the man, is repugnant. The instant you start attacking his character, you make him sympathetic. It’s not fair, but it’s what it is. The anti-Berlusconi crowd made that mistake and got seven years of his rule. Do you want eight years of Trump? Then lay off.

 

 

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Stand Ready to Defend the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), Which Might Come Under Attack This Summer

Stand ready to defend the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) from renewed assault by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and members of the House of Representatives.

One of the first things that the House of Representatives did in 2017 was attempt to kill the OCE, an independent ethics office created in 2008 in the wake of scandals that sent three MoCs to jail. Bob Goodlatte, a Republican house rep from Virginia, led the effort to neuter the office in a closed-door meeting on January 2.

An immediate outcry ensued. It was overshadowed by Trump jumping in to defend the OCE, and news reports gave him most of the credit for its survival. In truth, that response was the first real blow struck by the infant Resistance movement, who were alerted by news articles and the alarms sounded by watchdog groups.

Goodlatte, Speaker Ryan, and their ilk calculated that they would succeed because the OCE is seen as an annoyance by MoCs from both sides of the aisle. The sudden, sharp outcry convinced them to leave the office alone and try to “reform” it at “a future date.”

The arrival of summer raises the odds that House Republicans might renew their attack. They hope we will be distracted by the general news slowdown and by our vacations.

We at OTYCD are asking you to stand ready to defend the OCE and its valuable work.

Right now, you can call your house rep and speak up in favor of the OCE.

Sample script: “Dear House Rep (Lastname), I am from (town, zip code) and I am calling to speak up in favor of the Office of Congressional Ethics and its valuable work. You might recall that House Rep Bob Goodlatte led an effort to kill the OCE in early January, when the house came back into session following the holiday recess. The ensuing outcry forced Goodlatte and friends to abandon their efforts, but they said they would try again at a future time. I am concerned that they might be ready to aim their guns at the OCE again. I want to urge you to resist any efforts to kill or cripple the office. Thank you for listening.”

You can also like the OCE’s web page:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficeofCongressionalEthics/

And follow the OCE on Twitter:

@CongressEthics

Read about the January efforts by members of the House of Representatives to kill or cripple the OCE:

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/office-of-congressional-ethics-what-does-it-do-233128

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/01/house-gop-votes-to-gut-independent-congressional-ethics-office

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/house-republicans-vote-eviscerate-office-congressional-ethics/

Also see articles that mention Trump’s tweet about the OCE, and articles that question whether he should get the credit for saving it:

https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2017-01-03/house-gop-votes-to-gut-independent-ethics-office

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-trump-ethics-20170103-story.html

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Join the Equality March for Unity and Pride on June 11

Show your support for the LBGTQ community by joining or assisting the Equality March for Unity and Pride on June 11.

Originally intended as a Washington, D.C.-only event, it has morphed into a global movement. As of early April, the march had spawned satellite events in Austin, Texas; Portland, Maine; Seattle, Washington; and Sydney, Australia. More are sure to be announced.

The LBGTQ community has been feeling the chill since Trump took office. If he is impeached and replaced by Mike Pence, things won’t improve. If you can’t join a march, consider sponsoring someone to go; wearing rainbow flag symbols and pro-LBGTQ t-shirts; telling people about the march; and helping it trend on social media.

 

Read more about the march and its goals:

https://www.risestronger.org/events/national-pride-march-12a50aa3-64c3-4ea1-9f69-1373a04d3bd7

http://www.bmpt-shirts.com/blognational-pride-march-gets-a-new-name-the-equality-march-for-unity-and-pride-2017-bmptshirtscom-blog/

 

Visit the march’s web site:

http://www.equalitymarch2017.org

 

Find a sibling march near you:

http://www.equalitymarch2017.org/participating-cities/

 

Buy the march t-shirt:

http://store.equalitymarch2017.com

 

Donate to the march:

https://www.crowdrise.com/donate/project/equality-march-2017/equality-march2017/0?utm_source=EM2017&utm_medium=donatebutton

 

Like the Equality March for Unity and Pride on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1949652305264195/

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@EqualityMarch17

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Join the #MarchforTruth on June 3

Join the March for Truth on Saturday, June 3, a nationwide movement to demand a special prosecutor for the #TrumpRussia scandal, to see Trump’s tax returns, and to call for answers in general, and prosecutions if need be.

The #MarchForTruth was planned well before the May 9 firing of FBI director James Comey. As of May 9, the March for Truth had arranged events in 25 cities and was accepting contacts from groups who are interested in hosting sister marches. Organizing partners include the Town Hall Project, the Progressive Democrats of America, and local Indivisible groups, among others.

The goals of the march are 100 percent worthy and laid out on the event’s web site like so:

  • A special prosecutor must be named and Congressional investigations should be properly resourced and pursued free of partisan interests;
  • As much information should be made available to the public as possible, and as soon as possible;
  • Congress should require Donald Trump to release his tax returns to clarify his business interests and obligations to any foreign entity;
  • If crimes were committed or if collusion is discovered, it must be prosecuted.

If you can’t attend the march, support the march on social media by checking the #MarchForTruth hash tag and retweeting and reposting choice material you find there.

If you’re reading this weeks or even days before the march and you know you can’t make it, you can help by donating. The Comey firing is going to create a fresh wave of interest in the March for Truth. More interest means more people, and that means march organizers will need money to pay for cleanup, port-a-potties, volunteers, and other infrastructural needs. Dollars will help.

See the March for Truth website here:

https://www.marchfortruth.info

Find a sister March for Truth event near you:

https://www.marchfortruth.info/find-a-local-march/

Read background on how to organize a #MarchForTruth event:

https://www.marchfortruth.info/organize/

Like the March for Truth on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/marchfortruth/

Follow the March for Truth on Twitter:

@marchfortruth17

Donate to the March for Truth through CrowdPac:

https://www.crowdpac.com/campaigns/225084/march-for-truth-june-3rd-2017-d-c-la-nyc