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Comfort Bresha Meadows with Postcards

Send messages of love and support to Bresha Meadows, a teenage victim of domestic violence who shot and killed her abusive father, and recently accepted a plea deal that will lead to her release.

Meadows was 14 in July 2016 when she killed her father, Jonathan, who had directed physical and verbal abuse against her, her mother, and her brothers and sisters for years. Meadows ran away several times but was returned home each time.

A public outcry, led by the #FreeBresha campaign, prevented the Ohio courts from trying Meadows as an adult, which could have yielded a sentence of 25 years to life. She spent nine months in jail after her arrest, which worsened her depression and her PTSD. In May, she agreed to a deal where she pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter in exchange for 60 more days at an Ohio juvenile detention center, followed by six months in a counseling center near her home and two years’ probation. Because she is under 18, she will have a chance to seal her arrest record and ultimately have it purged.

Meadows has been through a lot in her young life. You can cheer her by sending her postcards that reflect your love and support.

Mail them to:

Bresha Meadows
c/o Ian N. Friedman, Esq.
Friedman & Nemecek, L.L.C.
The IMG Center
1360 E. 9th Street, Suite 650
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

#FreeBresha supporters also set up a GoFundMe campaign for her, to cover the expenses of the six months in counseling and other needs. It has reached its $150,000 goal, but is still accepting donations:

https://www.gofundme.com/BreshaM

 

Read more about Bresha Meadows and her case (Warning: Some stories include descriptions of the violence she witnessed and suffered):

http://www.teenvogue.com/story/bresha-meadowss-hearing-resulted-in-a-plea-deal

http://www.theroot.com/freebresha-bresha-meadows-accepts-plea-to-reduced-cha-1795440743

https://freebresha.wordpress.com/blog/

 

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Join the Postcard GOTV Campaign for Democrat Dr. Kathie Allen, Who’s Running for Jason Chaffetz’s House Seat

Join the get out the vote (GOTV) postcard campaign for Democrat Dr. Kathie Allen, who’s running for the Utah house seat being vacated by Republican Jason Chaffetz.

We wrote about Dr. Allen back in April (she announced her candidacy well before Chaffetz quit–scroll down for a link to the OTYCD post on her) and we’re thrilled that she was chosen as the focus for one of Tony the Democrat’s GOTV postcard campaigns!

The special election for Chaffetz’s house seat, in Utah’s 3rd District, will be held Tuesday, November 7.

If you want to receive a handful of addresses, text HELLO to Abby the Address Bot:

484.ASK.ABBY aka 484.275.2229

If you want a lot more than five addresses at a time, or texting isn’t convenient for you, email:

Postcards    @   TonyTheDemocrat.org

All postcards should be in the mail no later than October 31, but given the way that Tony’s army of postcard-writers is growing, they might burn through the whole address list well before Halloween.

You’ll receive a full set of guidelines with your rack of addresses, but know that all postcards should include the following information:

Elect Democrat Kathie Allen to Congress for Utah’s 3rd District.

Vote Tuesday, November 7th.

Dr. Allen is trained to consider facts, diagnose problems, and find solutions.

 

If you have room, you can add something like:

Ask your friends and family to vote Democrat in this special election.

When we vote, we win.

Thank you for your time and your vote!

 

Read the April 2017 OTYCD post on Dr. Kathie Allen’s run for Chaffetz’s now-vacated House seat:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/10/07/chase-jason-chaffetz-out-of-his-utah-house-seat-support-democrat-kathryn-allens-2018-house-race/

 

Since we wrote that post and loaded it with links, Dr. Allen launched a spiffy campaign web site:

https://www.drkathieforcongress.com

 

Here’s her Meet Kathie page:

https://www.drkathieforcongress.com/meet-kathie/

 

Here’s her Issues page:

https://www.drkathieforcongress.com/issues/

 

Donate to Dr. Allen’s campaign:

https://www.drkathieforcongress.com/donate-now/

 

Volunteer for Dr. Allen:

http://www.drkathieforcongress.com/volunteer/

 

Like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/KathieAllenMDforCongress/

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@kathieallenmd

 

Since we first wrote about Dr. Allen, she gained the endorsement of 314 Action, one of our favorite orgs. Here’s her 314 Action page:

http://www.314action.org/kathie-allen

 

Here’s a profile story on Dr. Allen from Vogue:

https://www.vogue.com/article/who-is-kathryn-allen-running-for-jason-chaffettz-house-seat

 

 

 

 

 

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Never Stop Demanding That Congress Investigate Trump’s Ties to Russia and His Violations of the Constitution

Trump and his minions have done, or tried to do, any number of horrible things. Most of them demanded an immediate answer. Others demanded ongoing attention.

Several people are speaking up to say the daily shenanigans are distracting us from focusing on the two issues that have the power to force Trump from office: His financial conflicts of interest, and the Russian hacking scandal, which should shed light on Trump’s curious connections to Putin.

To be fair, these issues have not been forgotten, just overshadowed. A team of lawyers from the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is suing Trump over his violations of the Constitution’s Emoluments clause. Jerry Nadler, a house rep from New York who sits on the house judiciary committee, recently filed a resolution of inquiry into Trump, an early step on the road to impeachment. Members of Congress are pursuing bipartisan investigations into the Russian hacking scandal, despite Republican attempts to keep such queries under its party’s control (which would let them soft-pedal the findings).

But the blogger behind The Liberal Yell rightly points out that it’s on us, the citizens, to keep pressing Congress to stay on the two issues that could end Trump’s presidency, and we should support their efforts to do so.

See the blog below.

http://theliberalyell.com/focus-people-there-are-only-two-things-to-demand-of-congress-in-regards-to-trump/

To summarize: TLY asks us to stay firmly on these two issues, regardless of what other evils Trump looses. No matter what happens, do not lose sight of the need to look into Trump’s Emoluments clause violations and the importance of getting to the bottom of the Russian hacking.

Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the post for a great tool–a custom postcard demanding investigations into both issues, which you can download and print and mail and hand out to others.

Read about bipartisan efforts to investigate the Russian hacking scandal, and Republican resistance to it:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/02/02/senate-panel-investigate-russian-election-interference/97411482/

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/1/10/14220484/house-dems-bipartisan-probe-russian-hacking

http://www.snopes.com/mitch-mcconnell-blocked-investigating-russian-hacks/

Learn about New York House Representative Jerry Nadler’s filing of a resolution of inquiry into Trump, and its implications:

https://www.countable.us/articles/237-preliminary-impeachment-inquiry-filed-president-trump

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Send Postcards to Help GOTV for Phoenix Democrat Kevin Patterson

Update with Results: Patterson pulled in 47.93 percent of the vote to his opponent’s 52.07 percent. This represents an increase in the Democratic vote of 4.3 percent, or 1,300. The margin between the two candidates was less than 1,500. That’s an impressive result for a guy who went up against an eight-year incumbent who outspent him five to one.

Update: Tony the Democrat and the postcard-writing volunteers completed mailings to the full list of addresses in Phoenix, so this campaign is closed. Please look for the post on Karen Keys-Gamarra’s campaign for the Fairfax County School Board in Virginia. We’ll update this post after August 29 to let you know how Kevin Patterson did.

Join a postcard campaign to help get out the vote for Democrat Kevin Patterson, candidate for city council in Phoenix, Arizona. 

Tony the Democrat’s latest postcard campaign is on behalf of Democrat Kevin Patterson, who is running for City Council from District 6 in Phoenix. The special election takes place Tuesday, Aug 29.

 

To obtain addresses, text HELLO to Abby the Addressbot:

484 ASK ABBY aka 484 275 2229

 

If you want more than 15 addresses at a time or you don’t do texts for whatever reason, email:

Postcards     @       TonyTheDemocrat.org

 

Your handwritten cards will go to people in District 6 who have voted Democratic in the past.

Same general rules are in effect but the particulars have changed.

Address the cards to ‘Important Voters,’ ‘VIP Voters,’ ‘Best Voters,’ etc. Do not include a party affiliation in the greeting in case the household is mixed.

 

All postcards should say the following:

 

Democrat Kevin Patterson is running for Phoenix City Council District 6.
Election Day is Tuesday August 29th.
Kevin says YES to families who deserve housing affordability in safe neighborhoods.
Other things you can say, if you have room on the card:
I hope you won’t mind this friendly reminder about an upcoming election.
Kevin taught at-risk Phoenix high school students in psychology helping them earn college credit.
A Phoenix resident for 19 years, Kevin is married with two young daughters.
Fast-growing cities need hard-working problem-solvers in City Council like Kevin.
Please make a plan to vote Tuesday, Aug 29.

Early voting begins Aug 2 through Aug 25.

 

Thank you for your time and your vote!
#PattersonPHX
 Write with us! Email: Join@TonyTheDemocrat.org
Take a photograph of your finished postcards and email it to the Tony the Democrat
address above before requesting more addresses.
Please get your finished cards in the mail no later than three days after finishing them.
Do not contact the voters again.
Note: Tony the Democrat is actually leading two GOTV postcard campaigns right now. We
have not mentioned the other campaign because its special election takes place August 8-
-too late to help out. If the candidate wins we will mention it in a good-news update post.
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Fight Trumpcare/Defend the ACA, July 29: WOW. Just, WOW.

UPDATE July 29: After midnight EST, three Republican senators, plus 46 Democrats and two Independents, dealt a death-blow to the skinny repeal bill, the last vestige of what’s called Trumpcare.

The three Republican senators who stepped up and stopped it are Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, and John McCain of Arizona.

This wasn’t just a victory for any American who’s ever been sick or might get sick. It is a victory for democracy with a big D.

Throughout the process, the Republicans consistently shut out the Democrats and tried to get something done without cooperating with them in any way. This is in stark contrast to how the Democrats shepherded the Affordable Care Act into law in 2010.

The senators didn’t just save the health care system and untold numbers of lives last night. They saved the Senate, and they saved the notion that the American government can and does listen to its citizens.

You did this. You share in this victory.

Every single one of you who called, emailed, faxed, protested, and enlisted their friends to do the same, day after day for weeks.

Pressure works. Resisting works.

So you’re probably wondering–what’s next? What is there to do now?

First, know that this thing is merely dead, not really most sincerely dead. A Twitter exchange between Ginger Birnbaum (@gingerbirnbaum) and Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) makes this clear:

 

Birnbaum: Did McConnell return the vote to the calendar for a later date?

Slavitt: Apparently he did.

 

So it could still come back to life, but it won’t do so in the next few days at least.

You need to be prepared for Trumpcare to escape its grave.

Are you on Twitter by now? If not, sign up.

Once you are signed up, click on your avatar and then click on ‘Lists’.

Then click on ‘Create a List’ at the upper right.

Name your list ‘Fight Trumpcare’, and set it to private.

Add the following handles to your Fight Trumpcare list. To do this, go to the Twitter home page of each person, click on the vertical trio of dots next to the follow button, and then click ‘Add or remove from lists.’ Check the box. Make sure you see a white check on a blue background. Is it there? Then you’re done and ready to add the next handle.

Add these handles:

@ASlavitt

@TopherSpiro

@BenWikler

@Claire_McAndrew

…plus any other Twitter handles of folks who might belong on this list.

Check this list every day, or every other day, to see what might be happening on the Trumpcare front.

 

Second, spread some love. Did your Senators oppose the bill? Call and thank them. Did they support it? Call and make it clear that you expect them to fight any efforts by Trump to undermine the ACA law.

Also, send thank-you postcards to Murkowski, Collins, and McCain. The first two in particular withstood incredible pressure to move this bill along.

Time to turn that incredible pressure into an incredible showing of gratitude.

Remember: Please put your full return address on the postcards or else they may not be delivered.

 

Susan Collins

68 Sewall Street, Room 507

Augusta ME 04330

 

Lisa Murkowski

510 L Street

Suite 600

Anchorage, AK 99501

 

John McCain

2201 East Camelback Road

Suite 115

Phoenix, AZ 85016

 

Lastly, it’s time for some self-care. If you can’t rest today, schedule a time when you can, and stick to it. Ideally your rest involves staying away from the news and from social media. Do something that has nothing to do with politics.

Thanks again to everyone, everywhere, who pushed back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Join The Postcard Effort to #FlipThe5th

We have another postcard campaign for you! Urge voters in South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District to come out on June 20 and vote in the special election for the Democratic candidate.

Tony the Democrat is back with a postcard mission, if you choose to accept it. Your handwritten postcards will urge South Carolinians to turn out and vote Democrat. The special election is to fill the federal house of representatives seat vacated by Mick Mulvaney.

If you wish to participate, use your cell phone to text HELLO to (803) 630-0295.

You can also email

Postcards       at     TonyTheDemocrat.org

…to request addresses.

Please mail your postcards within three days of handwriting them. Also remember–do not include any information that could identify you when writing your postcards, and only contact each address once.

The deadline for mailing #FlipThe5th postcards is June 13, no matter where they’re coming from.

When you write your postcards, please do the following:

Mention that Democrat Archie Parnell is running for Congress in the 5th district. (Yes, you can mention his name on your postcards, and you can mention his web site, http://www.ArchieParnell.com, but stick to that specific language if you choose to discuss Parnell. Do not go beyond it.)

Mention that June 20th is election day.

Say something along the lines of how Parnell will work with anyone who shares his commitment to put country before party.

Also, like the Postcards to Voters page on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/PostcardsToFlip/

Learn more about the Democratic candidate in the special election, Archie Parnell:

http://archieparnell.com/meet-archie

Like his page on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ArchieParnellforCongress

Follow him on Twitter:

@Archie4Congress

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Use the Power of Postcards to #Turn32Blue and Break the Republican Super-Majority in the Georgia Senate

Mail postcards to help Democrat Christine Triebsch win the open state senate seat in Georgia’s 32nd senate district on May 16.

One of the Republicans who ran against Jon Ossoff in the April 18 jungle primary gave up  a state senate seat in Georgia to do so. The race to fill that seat takes place May 16.

Right now, Republicans have a super-majority in the Georgia senate. If Triebsch wins, she will break the super-majority and make a welcome step toward curtailing Republican power across America.

The organizers of the #Turn32Blue campaign are confident that a wave of handwritten postcards that ask Democratic voters in the district to come out for Triebsch should do the trick. Special elections fly under the radar, and that’s doubly true for special elections for state seats.

When you write your postcards, make them personal and heartfelt but don’t forget to include the following basic elements:

 

Mention the special election runoff on May 16

Ask the recipient to vote for Democrat Christine Triebsch

Ask the voter to #Turn32Blue and break the Georgia state senate’s Republican super-majority.

 

You have two options for obtaining addresses. You can text the word HELLO to 678.498.5585 and follow the prompts to receive between five and 15 addresses.

 

You can also email

TonyTheDemocrat       at     gmail.com

 

Note that the gmail address will give you more than 15 addresses at a time.

 

Donate to Christine Triebsch’s Georgia state senate campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/committee-to-elect-christine-triebsch-1#rl1

 

Read a Daily Kos diary written in the aftermath of the April 18 jungle primary, which Jon Ossoff narrowly lost.

You have to scroll down to the update to see it but the diarist testifies to the value of the #FlipThe6th postcard campaign: “I heard several people happily mention the postcards they got urging them to vote for Jon.  That’s a really good grassroots way for people to make a difference from outside the district.  One of those is more effective than 50 slick professional mailers.”

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/4/18/1654213/-Notes-from-the-ground-in-Ga-06