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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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Help Juli Briskman, The Woman Who Flipped The Bird At Trump’s Motorcade (Update April 8, 2018)

This OTYCD entry originally posted in November 2017.

 

Updat, April 8, 2018: Juli Briskman is suing her employer over her dismissal.

 

Read her April 5 Op-Ed in the Washington Post about her decision:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/im-suing-for-my-right-to-flip-off-the-president/2018/04/05/a0abcf10-38e8-11e8-9c0a-85d477d9a226_story.html?utm_term=.61100bfa8be2

 

If she launches a GoFundMe for legal expenses we will update this post accordingly.

 

Original text follows.

 

Help Juli Briskman, the woman who flipped the bird at Trump’s motorcade and subsequently lost her job over it.

 

Juli Briskman is like you and me. She’s a 50-year-old single mother and a marketing executive from northern Virginia, and she despises Trump and what he’s doing to our country.

 

When she was out cycling, Trump’s motorcade passed by. She did what any one of us would have done–she flipped the bird at the fleet of cars. (I don’t know about you, but my middle fingers are sore from raising them so damn often. –Sarah Jane)

 

When Briskman revealed to her employer that she was the cyclist in the famous photo, they turfed her out of her job. We are not going to name the employer here–they’re dealing with enough fallout. We at OTYCD want to focus on helping Briskman.

 

It’s a small thing, sure, but helping Briskman is its own satisfaction, and a way to push back against creeping fascism and self-censorship. She should not have lost her job for her action. She does not regret doing it. Let’s reward her, in abundance, for it.

 

A friend of Briskman’s started a GoFundMe for her, named ‘Thank You Juli Briskman.’ As of 6 pm EST on November 10, it had raised more than $51,000. Update November 25: The GoFundMe has collected $128,660, well past its $100,000 goal, and it is still accepting donations:

 

https://www.gofundme.com/thank-you-juli-briskman

 

 

Alternately, you can follow Briskman on Twitter. Before news of her firing, she had 24 followers. As of November 10, she has more than 17,000. Seeing as she’s in marketing, having a large Twitter audience should definitely help her job prospects.

 

Her handle:

@julibriskman

 

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Read the Washington Post stories on Briskman’s firing and the aftermath:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/she-flipped-off-president-trump–and-got-fired-from-her-government-contracting-job/2017/11/06/4cf1af9a-c2da-11e7-84bc-5e285c7f4512_story.html?utm_term=.085e9a9efe6d

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/flipping-off-president-trump-has-changed-juli-briskmans-life–and-exposed-our-divisions/2017/11/07/19efab02-c3f6-11e7-afe9-4f60b5a6c4a0_story.html?tid=ss_tw-bottom&utm_term=.74a9b9fd5d3b

 

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Follow Your Congressional Reps on Social Media

Are you active on social media, even a little bit? Are you thinking about signing on?

Please follow the pages and accounts of your Congressional representatives.

Pull up the web pages of your three Congressional reps–your two senators and your house rep. Social media platform logos tend to show up at the top of the home page or the bottom. If they’re not there, try the Contact page.

Most members of Congress are on Facebook and Twitter. If they’re on other platforms and you want to follow them there, go right ahead. But don’t feel like you must follow them on every platform. Do what makes sense for you.

If any of your reps are not on social media, or aren’t on the platform you like best, call their offices and ask them to join. You can bet there’s an intern or entry-level staffer who’s been chewing the rep’s ear off, trying to make their case. If enough constituents call to ask them to get on social media, or on a specific platform, that might change their minds.

Following your reps on social media is worth it. It keeps you up to date on what they’re saying and doing, and lets you know when they might appear at an event happening near you. It lets you show your support for them. And it helps move toward a world in which members of Congress take messages that arrive through social media as seriously as requests that come over the phone or through postal mail.

But don’t forget that for now (early 2017), social media is the least effective way to speak to your reps. If you need to ask your members of Congress to do something, use the phone. Do not use social media. Your message will not get through to them.

If you’re not on social media at all, consider signing up to follow your reps. You can have a private account on Twitter, and you can keep strict privacy settings on your Facebook page.

If you’re not on social media at all and have no wish to be, sign up for their e-newsletters and postal mailings instead, if you haven’t already. You should be able to do this through their web sites.

 

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Want to Do More Than One Thing?

One Thing You Can Do‘s purpose is to help you focus. It gives you one thing you can do, every day, to push back against Trump. One thing. Every day.

So you’ve done the one thing, but you want to do more. What next?

Here are recommendations for groups, mailing lists, blogs, and other entities that will give you more things to do.

The list is not comprehensive, and it’s not meant to be. Nor is it closed. Everything is OTYCD-approved. The blog relies on many of these sources when seeking and researching subjects for future posts.

 

Rogan’s List blog (http://roganslist.blogspot.com)

Susan Rogan will keep you as busy as you want to be. The retired university librarian’s blog gives you more than a dozen useful nuggets of information per day, from actions to tools to organizations to join, and more. Are you extra-eager to do more? Start here. The newest daily tends to go live around 9 am EST.

 

Flippable (https://www.flippable.org/)

Flippable’s goal is to turn state and federal offices blue, one electoral race at a time. Its email list sends out one message per week that contains several action items. It’s especially good for learning about upcoming elections in state legislatures.

 

Movement to Oppose Trump (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfBigMnFKHEKMAY6q0cB1ONWiWeVluDwQtyqEtH0cZ_GZq-1A/viewform#responses)

The multi-talented Michael Skolnik releases a weekly action email with the does-just-what-it-says-on-the-box title Movement to Oppose Trump. It’s a smorgasboard of calls to action, pieces to read, resistance resources, upcoming events, social media accounts to follow, donations to make, finished with a music suggestion (late in January 2017, he pointed to Tupac’s Keep Ya Head Up).

 

Weekly Resistance to Trump (http://www.weekly-resistance.online)’

This web site sends a weekly email that recommends an action to take and a donation to make.

 

Wall-of-Us (https://www.wall-of-us.org)

Another good site that produces a weekly email containing several action items.

 

While it’s not the most important thing you can do to push back against Trump, it’s certainly amusing to follow @HalfOnionInABag on Twitter. It’s just that–half an onion in a bag. Its goal is to get more followers than Donald Trump to show that having a big honking Twitter audience really doesn’t mean all that much if half an onion in a bag can meet or beat Trump’s.

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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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Support Striking Teachers in West Virginia

Support the state-wide teacher’s strike in West Virginia by donating to a GoFundMe and following news about the situation.

 

Since Thursday, February 22, 2018, the state’s teachers have been on strike, demanding higher pay and better resolutions to concerns about their benefits.

 

They struck even though teachers’ strikes are illegal in West Virginia. A total of 55 counties and more than 275,000 students are affected.

 

They earned a victory on Wednesday, February 28, when Republican Governor Jim Justice offered a five percent pay raise instead of a two percent raise this year and one percent raises in 2020 and 2021.

 

The teachers kept striking because the gains are contingent on passage by both of the state’s legislative chambers, and the Senate has been an obstacle.

 

Unions need our support, and teachers need our support. Please help the West Virginia teachers by giving to their GoFundMe, staying on top of the situation, and spreading the word about it.

 

Donate to the West Virginia Teachers’ Strike Fund GoFundMe (as of March 3, 2018, it had raised more than $88,000 against its $50,000 goal):

https://www.gofundme.com/wv-teachers-strike-fund

 

 

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!

 

 

Read a Vox explainer piece about the strike:

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/3/3/17074824/west-virginia-teachers-strike-justice-union

 

 

Read a Washington Post piece on how West Virginia teachers’ salaries measure up to those in the rest of America:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/03/02/how-striking-west-virginia-teachers-salaries-compare-to-teachers-in-other-states/?utm_term=.1622a884ee55

 

 

Read a Today Show story on how the teachers are making sure their students, many of whom rely on school meals, are being fed during the strike:

https://www.today.com/parents/striking-teachers-west-virginia-make-sure-kids-still-eat-t124112

 

 

Follow the American Federation of Teachers, West Virginia on Twitter to stay on top of things:

@AFTWV

 

 

And follow WV Teachers:

@WV55United

 

 

Follow Jake Jarvis on Twitter for updates on the strike:

@NewsroomJake

 

 

…as well as the hashtags #WVTeacherStrike and #55Strong

 

 

Read New York Times coverage of the West Virginia teachers’ strike:

 

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Celebrate One Thing You Can Do’s First Anniversary By Subscribing To The Blog and Telling Others About It

Hooray! One Thing You Can Do turns one year old today!

Well, that’s best as we can tell. We were putting up posts by then, for sure. So we’re calling January 7, 2018 the blog’s first anniversary.

Wanna help us celebrate?

One good way is to subscribe to the blog if you haven’t already.

If you’ve already done that, please follow the blog’s Twitter account:

@OneThingYCD

And if you’re already doing that, please tell your friends about OTYCD, share links to posts, and generally put the word out there.

Thank you!

—From Sarah Jane and all who volunteer for the One Thing You Can Do blog

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

This OTYCD entry originally posted in June 2017.

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.

This OTYCD entry originally posted in September 2017.

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

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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/