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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey Is Awesome. Show Her Some Love.

Show some love to Maura Healey, the Democratic state attorney general of Massachusetts, who is up for re-election in 2018.

Healey is still in her first term, having been elected in 2014, and she is a standout. Previously, she was the Chief of the Civil Rights Division under her predecessor, and she led the state’s challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act.

She was a solid state AG already, but since Trump’s election, she has been a tireless defender of laws, norms, and civil rights.

She was among the earliest of the AGs to sign on to the lawsuit to defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which Trump promised to kill.

She has also been in the forefront of suing the Betsy DeVos-led Department of Education to allow Obama-era laws to take effect that would allow students who were cheated by colleges to discharge their federal loan debts.

Healey has also announced that she will sue Equifax over its egregious breach that compromised the personal information of roughly 143 million Americans.

Healey is up for re-election in 2018. It’s unclear if she will run for re-election; it’s possible she’ll want to challenge Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker for his post.

Regardless, Healey deserves your support on social media at the very least.

 

See the Massachusetts Attorney General’s website:

http://www.mass.gov/ago/

 

See her own website:

http://www.maurahealey.com

 

Like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/MauraHealeyMA

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@maura_healey

 

See her page on the website of the National Association of Attorneys General:

http://www.naag.org/naag/attorneys-general/whos-my-ag/massachusetts/maura-healey.php

 

Read various stories about her lawsuits against Equifax and the Department of Education, and the lawsuit in defense of DACA:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/equifax-data-breach-massachusetts-attorney-general-to-sue/

http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/blog/2017/09/06/massachusetts-suing-daca/

http://www.wbur.org/radioboston/2017/07/06/maura-healey-devos

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Self-advocacy 101: Find Your Congressional Representatives

FWIW: This is the first-ever post to OTYCD, uploaded on January 7, 2017.

Before you can start pushing back against Trump, you need to know who represents you in Congress.

Find out who your Congressional representatives are by plugging your zip code and your state into this web site:

http://whoismyrepresentative.com/

This web site is better for learning who stands for you in the House of Representatives (plug in your zip code and it will narrow the choices to two. The name that seems more familiar to you is probably your House rep):

http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Once you have pinned down your two Senators and your House Rep, pull up their web pages. Scroll to the bottom. If their offices aren’t listed there, go to the Contact page and find them.

Pick the state office that is closest to you (*NOT the Washington D.C. one).

Find the phone number for that office.

Put it in your phone.

Repeat for your other two representatives.

Done!

* You can put the Washington, D.C. numbers in your phone, but call them last. You are far more likely to reach a real person if you call the district offices.

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Follow Other Democratic Members of Congress on Social Media

Are you a fan of California Senator Kamala Harris? How about New Jersey Senator Cory Booker? Or Minnesota House rep Keith Ellison?

Trolls target the social media postings of these and other popular Democratic members of Congress online, making nasty comments on their Facebook pages and their tweets.

You already know that you should not call members of Congress who do not represent you. They do not listen to citizens who live outside their legislative area. But you can support Democratic members of Congress you like, but who don’t represent you, by following them on social media. 

Liking and sharing their posts helps get their message out. While you should still pay the most attention to your own reps’ social media accounts, following other Democrats online lets you know what those like-minded folks are saying and doing.

Learning what they are doing readies you to call your own reps and ask them to support what those out-of-state Democrats are doing. You can indirectly help Democrats you like by asking your own Congressional delegation to join forces with them on specific bills and actions that matter to you.

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Support The Guardian, the Newspaper That Ben Jacobs Works For

Support The Guardian, the British paper that employs reporter Ben Jacobs. 

By now you’ve heard about how Greg Gianforte, Republican candidate for the open house seat representing all of Montana, snapped and attacked Ben Jacobs, a reporter for The Guardian. Jacobs is evidently OK and Gianforte has since been charged with a misdemeanor. (Gianforte also won the Congressional race.)

While we wish we had a more pleasant prompt, we’re taking it. The Guardian is a good newspaper, and has long been a good newspaper. It deserves your attention and your support.

 

Read the links below, and if you like it, become a supporter of The Guardian:

https://membership.theguardian.com/us/supporter?INTCMP=DOTCOM_HEADER_BECOMEMEMBER_US

 

Here’s Jacobs’s video report on his bizarre encounter with Gianforte:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2017/may/25/guardian-ben-jacobs-body-slam-video-greg-gianforte

 

Here’s the story Jacobs filed with The Guardian shortly before the infamous meeting:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/25/montana-special-election-gianforte-assault-charge-guardian

 

Here’s the story that Jacobs wrote that probably played a role in pissing off Gianforte:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/28/greg-gianforte-republican-candidate-congress-russia-companies

 

And here’s another story by others at The Guardian on the consequences that Gianforte suffered shortly after attacking Jacobs:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/25/newspapers-ditch-us-republican-charged-with-assaulting-guardian-reporter-montana

 

 

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Follow Sally Yates and Preet Bharara on Twitter

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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Take a Break Every Now and Again. It’ll Help You Stop Trump.

For your own sanity’s sake, plan periodic breaks from fighting Trump and his ilk.

With so much going on, it might be tough to convince yourself to step away and rest. But you must if you want to fight Trump and the Republicans effectively. No, really. You’ve heard people say ‘This is a marathon, not a sprint’? It’s not a bunch of yap-yap. You can’t go the distance if you don’t slow down to grab some water every now and again.

You need to sit yourself down and plan these respites, and you need to commit to them. Blocking out one day a week where you disengage from the news and from social media to do something you like–be it hiking, knitting, reading, hanging out with friends, or binge-watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer–put it on your calendar and don’t talk yourself out of it.

If you’re having trouble giving yourself permission to take one day off a week, then let us at OTYCD tell it to you straight:

 

“We, your friends at the One Thing You Can Do blog, are telling you, our faithful reader, to unplug and chill out completely once a week. We are giving you formal permission to do so.”

 

Print it out and tape it to your mirror, or your computer monitor, or staple it to your forehead–whatever it takes to get through to you.

If you won’t listen to OTYCD on this, follow Jen Hofmann on Twitter and subscribe to her Weekly Activism Checklist newsletter. She’s a fire-breathing evangelist for self-care.

 

Follow Jen Hofmann on Twitter:

@inspiredjen

 

Sign up for her Weekly Activism Checklist:

https://jenniferhofmann.com/home/weekly-action-checklist-democrats-independents-republicans-conscience/

 

Like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Jennifer-Hofmann-463228547169366/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Buy Hillary Clinton’s Book. Buy It a Lot. Buy It Some More. Give It to Friends. Do So Knowing It’ll Annoy the Crap Out of Her Enemies.

Buy Hillary Rodham Clinton’s book, What Happened. Buy it in multiple forms–hardback, Kindle, audiobook. Give it to friends. Give it as gifts. Do so knowing it’ll annoy the crap out of her enemies.

As we prepare this blog post, What Happened is not yet out (its official release date is September 12, 2017). Some advance reviews and other forms of coverage are out, though, and some of them are pretty damned insulting.

A September 9 piece in the New York Times Sunday Review section starts, “What’s to be done with Hillary Clinton, the woman who won’t go away?” Really? Did anyone ask that of Al Gore, or John Kerry, or John McCain, or Mitt Romney?

And of course, those who have made careers out of hating and fearing Clinton are spinning up in anticipation of feasting on her account of the 2016 election.

We at OTYCD hadn’t even considered doing a post on What Happened until our Twitter feed started to fill with anti-Clinton nonsense. That changed our collective tune.

Let’s be clear–we know it’s about the 2016 election. We know Clinton wrote it, and she’s written half a dozen other books, so it probably won’t suck. But we don’t know what’s in it beyond what the media has reported.

That said? We are asking you to consider buying the book if you can, paying full retail. If your budget allows, buy more than one copy and give the extras away as gifts. If you’re in a book club, float it as a future choice.

If you can’t buy the book, reserve a copy at your library. Even if the waiting list is ludicrously long, add your name to it anyway. If demand is strong enough, your library will have to consider buying more copies.

Getting behind What Happened is a great way to flip the bird at all the assholes who’ve been spouting bullshit about Clinton for decades, and a great way to show support for Clinton herself. As of September 10, two days before its release, What Happened was already a best-seller, and the What Happened book tour was sold out at many stops. We expect tour tickets will sell out completely by the time this post goes live. People are already showing strong, fierce interest in this book. Please consider joining them.

 

Order What Happened from independent bookstores:

http://www.powells.com

http://www.strandbooks.com

 

Read advance coverage of What Happened:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/08/23/hillary-clinton-said-her-skin-crawled-when-donald-trump-stood-behind-her-on-debate-stage/?utm_term=.48ca7be5a3c2

And hey, are you following Hillary Clinton on Twitter? No? How about you fix that?

@HillaryClinton