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Show Your Support for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford By Giving To This GoFundMe

Show your support for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford by Giving to this GoFundMe.

 

Dr. Blasey Ford bravely stepped up when she heard that Brett Kavanaugh had made the short list for the Supreme Court of the United States.

 

She was terrified, but determined to do her civic duty.

 

She did the right thing. She suffered for it.

 

You can help her by donating to a GoFundMe set up in her name. It covers the costs involved with safeguarding her and her family during this process.

 

On October 3, 2018, she posted the following update to the page:

 

“I cannot express how grateful I am for the outpouring of support and generosity that we have received through this GoFundMe account. I believed and still believe that it was my civic duty to come forward, but this is by far the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, much harder even than I thought it would be. And not just for me, but for my husband and our sons, for my relatives who still live in the Washington area, and the friends who have stood up on my behalf.

I feel like all of you who have made a contribution are on this journey with me, which is very heartening. And some journey it has been and continues to be. We have already had to move four times, our movements are limited even with security, and the threats are ongoing. Thanks to you, I am able to feel safe, my family can be together, and my children can continue to go to school.

The costs for security, housing, transportation and other related expenses are much higher than we anticipated and they do not show signs of letting up. Funds received via this account will be used to help us pay for these mounting expenses.

Please know how much we appreciate your moral support and your contribution,
Christine

 

As of October 6, 2018, it had far exceeded its $150,000 goal, pulling in more than $570,000.

 

Donate to the Dr Christine Blasey Ford GoFundMe here:

https://www.gofundme.com/help-christine-blasey-ford

 

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Block Off November 3 – 6, 2018 On Your Calendar and Support #TheLastWeekend

Get your calendar NOW RIGHT NOW and block off Saturday, November 3 through Tuesday, November 6 to support The Last Weekend, a coordinated push to defend and save our democracy.

 

Sounds a bit histrionic, we admit, but with the fallout from the July 16, 2018 Helsinki conference and the continued failure of the GOP-controlled Congress to do anything substantial about it, it’s clear that democracy in America is under threat.

 

You need to wipe your calendar in the days leading up to the midterms and devote yourself to The Last Weekend.

 

It’s an effort backed by every org you like — Swing Left, Flippable, Sister District, Moveon,  Indivisible, Resistbot, Wall-of-Us, you name it.

 

Its goal is to encourage everyone to talk to fellow potential voters. From the homepage:

 

Study after study shows that the most effective way to get people to vote is by having conversations with them in the four days before Election Day (Saturday, November 3rd–Tuesday, November 6th).

 

You’ve done a lot. You’re doing a lot. Can you rearrange your life to do this in early November? Please?

 

 

See the homepage for The Last Weekend:

https://thelastweekend.org

 

 

Read a Political Charge post that supports The Last Weekend:

The Last Weekend: A Call to Action We Can All Support

 

 

Also watch the hashtag #TheLastWeekend on Twitter.

 

 

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Fight Back Against Trump’s Policy of Separating Migrant Families At the Border: Resources Gathered by Activist Alida Garcia, the Today Show, Celeste Pewter, and More

Fight back against the sick, immoral Trump administration policy of separating migrant families at America’s borders with these resources gathered by organizer Alida Garcia and the Today show.

 

Since news broke about the effects of Team Trump’s unspeakable zero-tolerance stance, many good tweets, posts, and stories have gone up that detail things you can do to help.

 

In noting these resources, we at OTYCD have realized that almost all of them come from a pair of Twitter threads by activist Alida Garcia.

 

Here are the two resources that are not from her.

 

First is a fine backgrounder from Politifact that explains what Team Trump’s policy is and isn’t, explains how the government behaved before, and delineates important nuances, such as how the almost 1,500 kids that the government can no longer track arrived here alone, as unaccompanied minors:

 

Read the Politifact article, which dates to June 6, 2018:

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2018/jun/06/what-you-need-know-about-trump-administrations-zer/

 

 

Second is a page from the Today show website that includes links to five organizations that help immigrant kids:

https://www.today.com/parents/how-help-immigrant-children-separated-families-t129923

 

Third is a Medium post on how to help from our friend Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter). Because WordPress doesn’t seem to like Medium for some unknown reason, we’ve hyperlinked it. Pewter’s story also includes ways for Americans overseas to help.

 

Fourth is Slate’s contribution, Here’s How You Can Fight Family Separation at the Border:

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/06/how-you-can-fight-family-separation-at-the-border.html

View story at Medium.com

 

 

In case you’re not on Twitter or can’t find the tweet now, Garcia (@leedsgarcia) detailed several useful options in a thread she tweeted on June 9, 2018, and in a second thread sent on June 16, 2018.

 

We’re reproducing both here while omitting actions that have since expired, and adding a boldface note on the one that happens today (June 17, 2018). We’ve also reproduced the tweets as they were written.

 

One last note before you read the Garcia threads: You are seeing comparisons between these camps and Nazi concentration camps for a reason. This is how concentration camps start. The Nazis did not start with the goal of working and starving to death any groups who displeased or threatened them. That happened over time.

 

If German citizens had pushed back early, before the concentration camps became death camps, many, many lives could have been saved.

 

Now–right now–is the time to get loud, get mad, and get active. We don’t have concentration camps yet. But if we don’t push back firmly, fiercely, and relentlessly until Team Trump backs down and abandons its family separation policy, these places could devolve into concentration camps.

 

Here are the Garcia threads, which are excellent and crammed with resources:

 

I’m on a plane, so might as well do this. Feeling helpless about the family separations at the border? Guess what, there are many people & organizations who need your help & electeds who need to do more. Things you can do to help parents & kids at the border thread below. 1/

 

Let’s start w/ Texas: One organization that could use your help is – who are they? Well, they are some of the best story-tellers of the border region, however, they are also kind souls taking donations for families sleeping outside of ports of entry in extreme heat 2/

 

Here’s ‘s fundraiser to help volunteers who go to Mexico to assist these families outside. My friend went down there last week & met a family who had been outside for 17 days. They need Diapers, Underwear, Bras, Baby wipes, etc.

( Here is the Netargv link that she included with the tweet: https://netargv.com/2018/06/06/take-action-help-asylum-seekers-at-the-us-port-of-entries-rio-grande-valley/ )

 

But if you think border voices and what’s happening in the region are important to be amplified during this time, please consider donating to generally at: – let’s stay in the RGV for a bit…. /4

 

Reason why “the RGV [Rio Grande Valley] sector” is so important is that the volume of prosecutions of parents being separated in McAllen a& Brownsville is quite high in comparison to other places. Brownsville is also ground zero on the attack on – & when there are multiple fights you need /5

 

Organized local power to build accountability & organizing around these systems & services. 1 of the most powerful & inspirational organizations I’ve worked w/ in my lifetime is – if you want to help people power grow in this region donate here:

 

& of course we can create more accountability if immigrant-supporting civil rights impact litigators have the resources they need to try to intervene in this process in as many ways as possible. One TX based organization doing amazing work is – in the last 2 wks 7/

 

The Texas Civil Rights Project has been able to try to bring some oversight into the separations/prosecutions in the Rio Grande Valley – they’ve put out stories of parents who have been separated & have been reporting the volume of separations. They need help to cover more 8/

 

…proceedings in more courthouses so that litigators trying to stop this have a better sense as to what is happening as this process lacks transparency across the board. You can help do more by supporting them here (also follow them) 9/ :

( Here is the donation link she included: https://texascivilrightsproject.org/donate/)

 

Once parents are separated and prosecuted some move back over into DHS custody and get moved around to other detention centers. This is where having more lawyers who work inside detention centers to help figure out how to get these parents back w/ their kids is important 10/

 

One organization that works with parents in detention centers in Texas is – they have a bond fund to help reunited families and fight their cases from the outside. You can support that bond fund here: 11/

 

Okay let’s pivot to state & local advocacy a bit – because enforcement is increasing and the system is being jammed in different ways, including the admin’s 0 tolerance policy, there just aren’t enough lawyers to advocate on behalf of individuals & families facing deportation 12/

 

What u actually can do is run campaigns in your cities, counties & states demanding your government(s) fund legal services for people going through the deportation process. Many cities & states have invested in this over the last few yrs, so this isn’t a pie in the sky thing 12/

 

It’s like the general concept of access to counsel, and due process, & trying to be a good locality that doesn’t want to just give a green light to the increased enforcement of this admin. Winning these campaigns can help get more lawyers in more detention centers. 13/

 

And let’s pivot to Congress – while these bills don’t necessarily provide vehicles for easy passage, they help create momentum for concrete policy ideas where pieces of the language in these bills can be inserted into other negotiations like appropriations, etc. Main thing 14/

 

Okay sorry plane was landing, So, Bill #1: Fair Day In Court for Kids Act! Please see if your 2 senators are on it! If not, get them on? How do you know if they’re on? I got you:

( Here is her link to the bill, S.2468, on GovTrack. Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono is the sponsor: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s2468 )

 

Here’s a fact sheet, but basically 85% of kids not represented by counsel are deported….because kids should have lawyers and 3 yr olds shouldn’t advocate asylum law in court houses, but read more here:

( Here’s a link to an ACLU fact sheet on the bill: https://www.aclu.org/fact-sheet/fair-day-court-kids-act-factsheet )

 

Okay next bill to make sure your 2 Senators and house member are on: The Help Separated Children Act – this is sponsored by Smith in he Senate and Roybal Allard in the House, here is a list of who is on it so far:

 

Next bill – hot off the presses yesterday from Senator Feinstein – the Keep Families Together Act, this would define when children can be separated from their parents – here is more, make sure both your Senators are on it:

 

& then very wonky, but a very defined group of people to influence is to financially starve the beast that is causing this harm in the appropriations process. Rep. Jayapal led a call this week to stop the finding of the operations doing this:

( Here’s a link to Rep. Jayapal’s tweet: https://twitter.com/RepJayapal/status/1004766949937594369 )

 

 

Decisions like this are negotiated within the Homeland Security subcommittees of both

chambers who negotiate how much funding goes into those bills. Here are their rosters

so you know who to call….

SENATE:

HOUSE:

 

Everything I said in Texas is needed basically everywhere else right now, so check out plug in your zip code find out what orgs are near you & help by volunteering there!

 

Sorry I’m back one more really important tangible TX thing – you can raid your closet & supplie cabinets and send the below items to Catholic Charities RGV’s shelter for refugees. People arrive with nothing this place helps clean, feed, clothe them. Items they need: (She linked to a screenshot, so it can’t be cut and pasted, but you can go to Amazon and find the Wish List for the Catholic Charities of Rio Grande Valley Humanitarian Respite Center.)

 

My friend just sent me this – for those who are interested in helping the children & families separated by the recent raid in Sandusky Ohio, here are a bunch of tangible ways to help those families in middle America:

( She included this link: https://americasvoice.org/uncategorized/advocates-for-basic-legal-equality-able-call-to-action-donate/ )

 

And if you want to do one thing today to help a military family from being separated please call the Miami ICE office for my friend Alejandra today (with a kind & loving & respectful voice) – this link gives instructions, takes 1 minute

( She included this link: https://www.fwd.us/keepalejandra )

 

If folks want to help get the final 3 signatures on the discharge petition to force a vote to someone just sent me which helps focus on who to call today & ask to sign!

[Trump has since said he would not sign a bill of this sort, but here’s the link anyway: https://www.dialingfordreamers.com ]

 

 

That’s her first thread. On June 16, 2018, Alida Garcia tweeted a second thread with still more resources to help combat the Team Trump policy:

 

Hi Pals – I’m on another plane, and posted some additional ways to help in a thread here – happy helping! :

 

One opportunity to help is to volunteer w/ – they are in need of Spanish, Mam, Q’eqchi’ or K’iche’ and have paralegal or legal assistant experience to help w/ their legal intake process in McAllen, TX – here is the volunteer form:

( She included this link: https://texascivilrightsproject.org/keepfamiliestogether-volunteer/ )

 

TCRP is also in need of full time volunteers to help lead a parallel process of intake efforts in Brownsville, Laredo, El Paso, and Alpine, Texas. They can help you with training and capacity to organize legal intake in these cities. Here is the form: 3/

 

If you are in California, is in need of volunteers they need immigration attorneys, paralegals, doctors, nurses, EMTs, social workers, mental health professionals, art therapists, & nice people who want to help out! Here’s the vol form:

(She included this link: https://alotrolado.org/take-action/volunteer/)

 

If you are in Pennsylvania, needs volunteer interpreters, vol attorneys/legal assistants, on the ground advocates for help at the Burkes Family Detention center. Here is their vol form: 5/

 

In Arizona? seeks volunteers as a pro bono attorney, an interpreter, researcher, medical professional, expert witness, or to offer administrative assistance. You can e-mail gmillard@firrp.org for volunteer opportunities & donate here: 6/

( She included this link: https://firrp.org/donate/donate-2/ )

 

Want to help, but can’t travel? My friend has pulled together this Amazon list of specific things that the Sacred Heart Respite Center is in need of for families seeking asylum. I can confirm this is real & going to the right place: 7/

 

In Texas & want to be in community? Come to Father’s Day Vigil tomorrow in McAllen, here is the Facebook event link: 8/

 

In Washington State? has a volunteer form for translators & interpreters & has offices in Granger, Seattle, Tacoma or Wenatchee, over 200 of the parents have been transferred here – 9/

(She included this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1CxLlhNYDRXSK-WC_FHgQiAqluOApG9kimV9uD2y_1gM/viewform?edit_requested=true )

 

In the El Paso area? is holding a March to Tornillo – where the tent city for children was built tomorrow [She means June 17, 2018. Note also that there could be other Father’s Day-themed protests relating to these issues happening near you. Check the #FamiliesBelongTogether hashtag for likely leads on local events]. Here is the sign-up link & details for this march: 10/

 

An update on ‘s Keep Families Together Act – below find the current cosponsors. Don’t see your two Senators on there? Call them: (202) 224-3121 11/

(She included a screenshot that we can’t easily reproduce. Check your Senators’ Twitter feeds for statements about the bill.)

 

In Chicago? Flexible volunteering, M-F, at immigration court to provide presence & watch the process & more opportunities w/ the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants – form here: 12/

 

 

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Follow Alida Garcia on Twitter for more info and insights on this issue:

@leedsgarcia

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Donate to Help Puerto Rico, Still Reeling from Hurricane Maria, and Google Will Match It, Up to $2 Million

Donate to Google’s effort to aid charities that help Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from Hurricane Maria, and the company will match it up to $2 million.

 

When Hurricane Maria hit in September 2017, it utterly devastated the island of Puerto Rico. It destroyed a huge number of homes, it took out the power grid, and it was deadly–killing many more than the official government tally reflects.

 

The 2018 hurricane season started on June 1, and Puerto Rico is still nowhere near whole.

 

On June 8, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who has Puerto Rican ancestry and  tirelessly advocated for the island even before Hurricane Maria, tweeted about a fresh effort to help:

 

Okay, here’s the deal: You give whatever you can spare. ‘s gonna match ALL YOUR donations up to $2 Million. It ALL goes to recovery relief for small businesses in Puerto Rico, via & Presente? Presente.

 

The link led to a Google webpage with the title, Together, We Can Help Puerto Rico Recover, and a donate button at the top right:

https://www.google.org/crisis/puertorico-relief/

 

The two main beneficiaries are Mercy Corps, which has worked with José Andrés’s World Central Kitchen to feed island residents, and the Hispanic Federation, which through its UNIDOS program has distributed funds to as many as 70 island non-profits. Both organizations have done much more to help Puerto Rico than what’s described here; scroll down for individual information on each.

 

There’s no limit on the number of donations you can make, but Google will stop matching after the $2 million mark is reached. If you scroll down on the main page, you’ll see a FAQ that should cover most questions you’re likely to have.

 

Here, again, is the main webpage for the Google effort for Puerto Rico:

https://www.google.org/crisis/puertorico-relief/

 

 

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Here’s the main website for Mercy Corps:

https://www.mercycorps.org

 

 

Here’s Mercy Corps’s page on its efforts in Puerto Rico:

https://www.mercycorps.org/gallery/puerto-rico/rebuilding-puerto-rico-google

 

 

Here’s its story about working with José Andrés’s World Central Kitchen:

https://www.mercycorps.org/articles/united-states/sharing-warm-meals-across-puerto-rico

 

 

Like Mercy Corps on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/mercycorps

 

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@mercycorps

 

 

See the Hispanic Federation’s page on the UNIDOS program for Puerto Rico:

https://www.hispanicfederationunidos.org

 

 

Like the Hispanic Federation on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/hispanicfederation

 

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@HispanicFed

 

 

Follow Lin-Manuel Miranda on Twitter:

@Lin_Manuel

 

 

Read stories about Puerto Rico, nine months out from Hurricane Maria:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/01/us/puerto-rico-hurricane-readiness/index.html

 

 

Read the original New England Journal of Medicine story that estimates that 70 times more Puerto Ricans died in and from Hurricane Maria than the official government estimate of 64:

https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsa1803972

 

 

Also read a June 1, 2018 Washington Post story that clarifies and provides nuance about the estimated death toll:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2018/06/02/did-4645-people-die-in-hurricane-maria-nope/?utm_term=.b4082fb0537d

 

 

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Follow Sally Yates and Preet Bharara on Twitter

This OTYCD entry originally posted in October 2017.

Follow Sally Yates and Preet Bharara on Twitter.

Yates, the former Deputy Attorney General joined Twitter late in June. We at OTYCD have been looking for ways to support her. Following her is a good place to start.

 

Here’s her handle:

@SallyQYates

 

And here’s what she linked to in her first tweet, her Washington Post op-ed, called Making America Scared Again Won’t Make Us Safer:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/making-america-scared-again-wont-make-us-safer/2017/06/23/f53d238e-578a-11e7-ba90-f5875b7d1876_story.html?utm_term=.4ad39cc4dbb9

 

Also, check out who she’s following. Cool people and entities lurk therein:

https://twitter.com/SallyQYates/following

 

It won’t shock you to learn that one of the select few Yates follows is Preet Bharara, former U.S. Attorney General for New York. He was active on Twitter before Trump fired him and he updated his Twitter bio to tout that credential. His feed is smart, nimble, and pointed.

 

His Twitter handle is:

@PreetBharara

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Read Chuck Wendig’s Epic Advice for Our Rotten Era and Stay Inspired

This piece originally appeared on OTYCD in January 2018. 

 

Read Ways to Stay Motivated in This Shit-shellacked Era of Epic Stupid, an especially fine and useful blog post by author Chuck Wendig.

 

Our apologies–We at OTYCD missed this when Wendig first posted it in July 2017. It’s still shimmeringly brilliant and just as vital now.

 

The kinda NSFW title captures the soul-stirring nature of the kinda NSFW advice, which has been dispensed before and will be dispensed again, but Wendig does it better than most.

 

Not gonna spoil it. Just go read it:

http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2017/06/27/ways-to-stay-motivated-in-this-shit-shellacked-era-of-epic-stupid/

 

 

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!

 

 

Here also is the main page for Wendig’s blog, Terrible Minds:

http://terribleminds.com/ramble/blog/

 

 

You can also read some of Wendig’s stories for free:

http://terribleminds.com/ramble/holy-shit-free-thing/

 

 

And buy his spiffy merch:

http://terribleminds.com/ramble/merch/

 

 

And follow him on Twitter:

@ChuckWendig

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Follow Legal Expert Renato Mariotti on Twitter And Support His Campaign To Be Illinois’s Attorney General (Update April 8, 2018)

This OTYCD entry originally posted in November 2017.

 

Update, April 8, 2018: Mariotti did not win the Democratic primary for the state attorney general post. We at One Thing You Can Do thank him for running.

 

Follow legal expert Renato Mariotti on Twitter, and support his campaign to serve as Illinois’s next attorney general. 

 

When something happens in Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation, Mariotti, a formal federal prosecutor, tweets solid explanations that are blessedly light on jargon.

 

He’s quick on the draw, his takes make sense, and he’s careful to acknowledge when he’s forming an educated guess.

 

Since becoming a Twitter sage and a go-to legal expert for television shows, Mariotti has announced his candidacy for Illinois Attorney General. The election takes place in 2018. (Lisa Madigan, the Democratic incumbent, has decided not to run for a fifth term.) He faces six others in the Democratic primary. Please support his efforts.

 

 

See Mariotti’s campaign website:

https://renatomariotti.com

 

 

Follow him on Twitter:

@renato_mariotti

 

 

See his ‘Meet Renato’ page:

https://renatomariotti.com/meet-renato/

 

 

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 him on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/RenatoForIllinois

 

 

Donate to his campaign:

https://secure.ngpvan.com/jk0yN-dCJ02VmyJ4UFqu0w2

 

 

Read an October 2017 Politico piece on Mariotti declaring his candidacy:

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/27/renato-mariotti-illinois-attorney-general-244243