Common-sense Gun Laws · Community Activism · Stand Up for Civilization · Stand Up for Norms · Uncategorized

Support Orange Ribbons for Jaime, Which Is Dedicated to a Victim of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting

Support Orange Ribbons for Jaime, which is dedicated to Jaime Guttenberg, who died in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in February 2018.

 

Founded by Jaime’s father, Fred, Orange Ribbons for Jaime celebrates the 14-year-old’s life and loves. In addition to supporting the world of competitive dance, anti-bullying initiatives, and children who have special needs, it helps organizations that seek to understand and reduce gun violence in public places.

 

Orange was Jaime’s favorite color. It also happens to be the color of the gun safety movement. Her father hopes that the gun safety movement will adopt the orange ribbon as its symbol.

 

 

See the website for Orange Ribbons for Jaime:

https://orangeribbonsforjaime.org/

 

 

See its About Us page:

https://orangeribbonsforjaime.org/about/

 

 

Donate to Orange Ribbons for Jaime:

https://orangeribbonsforjaime.org/donate/

 

 

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Like it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OrangeRibbonsforJaime/

 

 

Follow Fred Guttenberg on Twitter:

@fred_guttenberg

 

 

A note: We at OTYCD intend to nurture and encourage the movement sparked by the Margory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting by devoting one post at least every other week to gun safety-related issues.

 

The reason that the NRA has a death grip on Congress, and in particular, GOP Congressfolk, is that NRA members get off their asses and call if there’s a whisper of a muttering of a hint that a law might pass that could impose even the slightest imposition on ownership of guns in America.

 

That’s what the politicians are afraid of. It’s not just that some of them get metric buttloads of money for their campaigns from the NRA. Those who embrace the NRA’s outlook pounce on their phones and berate their representatives the instant they think their beloved guns are under threat.

 

So, yes, it’s on us to shout back.

 

We have to adopt the tactics of those who support the NRA.

 

We have to call our representatives often to make it damn clear that the status quo is unacceptable, and we want common-sense gun safety laws.

 

OTYCD will start out with one weekday post every two weeks, at minimum, that has to do with improving gun safety and pushing back against the NRA.

 

We do this in honor of the Parkland victims, and all victims of mass shootings in America, and everyone who has been fighting to change our laws on firearms all along.

 

If Trump finally bows to the will of Congress and imposes the sanctions against Russia for messing with the 2016 election, we will switch to devoting one post per week to these issues.

 

Honor the victims of the Parkland shooting, and all other shootings, by stepping up and calling your reps about common-sense gun safety laws, and by supporting politicians who have low grades from the NRA, and voting out those who do the NRA’s bidding.

 

#NeverAgain. For the love of all that is right and good, Never Again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Action Alerts · Call Your House Rep · Online Privacy, Net Neutrality · Uncategorized

Call Your House Reps and Ask Them to Support Net Neutrality BEFORE June 11, 2018

Call your House Reps and ask them to support Net Neutrality before June 11, 2018, when the FCC can roll it back. Also, call your state legislators and ask them to pass legislation protect net neutrality, too.

 

After much struggle, the Senate voted 52-47 in May 2018 to overturn the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and preserve rules upholding net neutrality, which prevent internet service providers from charging more for faster Internet speeds, and prevent them from blocking access to websites.

 

Unfortunately, the fight isn’t over. The future of net neutrality now rests with the House of Representatives, where it has less support.

 

That’s where you come in. You need to call your House Rep and make it clear that you want him or her to uphold net neutrality.

 

Celeste Pewter has been all over this for months now. Here’s her script on the topic. Remember: Congressfolk are back in their home districts until June 5, 2018.

 

 

Pewter also points out that it’s important to ask your state legislators to pass legislation that protects and enshrines net neutrality, as Oregon did in April 2018. Here’s her script on that:

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In addition to following Pewter on Twitter (again, her handle is @Celeste_Pewter) you can support her in other ways.

 

After you call your elected representatives on these two topics, tweet about the experience using the #ICalledMyReps hashtag.

 

Pewter founded The Road to 2018, an organization devoted to defending Democratic Senators who are vulnerable and up for re-election this year. See our post on it:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/02/25/support-the-road-to-2018-which-defends-democratic-senators/

 

Subscribe to Pewter’s peerless newsletter, It’s Time To Fight:

http://itstimetofight.weebly.com

 

 

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More background on net neutrality:

 

Read stories on the Senate’s vote to uphold net neutrality:

http://thehill.com/policy/technology/387985-senate-votes-to-save-net-neutrality-rules

 

Here also is the I Called My Reps rundown on net neutrality and why we need it:

http://icalledmyreps.weebly.com/net-neutrality.html

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Support #NoRA, Which Fights the Outsize Influence of the NRA, and If You’re In Dallas on May 5, Join Its Protest of the NRA Convention

Support #NoRA, an organization that fights back against the outside influence of the National Rifle Association (NRA). And if you’ll be in Dallas on Saturday, May 5, join its protest of the NRA Convention.

 

The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Valentine’s Day 2018 released a tsunami of pent-up rage against pro-gun extremism and its ill effects.

 

#NoRA was born in the wake of that tragedy. Its mission, in its own words, is “To hack the culture and shine a bright light on the bloody hands of the NRA and the politicians they purchase; and to inform, register, and mobilize voters to reject NRA-funded candidates for office; and to raise funds for partner organizations who share our vision for a changed narrative and freedom from fear of gun violence.”

 

All these things need doing. In order to break the death-grip the NRA has on our Congress and our political process, we need to pursue a cultural shift, along the lines of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), to make gun extremism shameful.

 

In order to change the culture, we have to actively push back against the tactics of the NRA. As we note in the tail of this post, one of the reasons that the NRA is so effective is its supporters call their MoCs if there’s a whisper of a hint of a mutter of a supposition that they might put forward a bill that could possibly curtail gun access.

 

We have to make a habit of calling our MoCs, just as swiftly and in greater numbers, if we get word that they’re favoring gun-extremist legislation such as concealed carry reciprocity.

 

We also need to support candidates for office who embrace and celebrate their NRA ‘F’ ratings, and who promise to enact common-sense gun laws. #NoRA is devoted to doing this as well.

 

The organization also supports victims of gun violence of all sorts, and pursues nonviolent action to create a healthier, safer world.

 

If you’ll be in Dallas on Saturday, May 5, 2018, you can join its protest of the NRA Convention. The #NoRA event takes place from noon to 3 pm Central Time in Belo Garden Park on Main Street. Speakers include Alyssa Milano, Khary Penebaker, and Fred Guttenberg, parent of Jamie Guttenberg, who was among the victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

 

 

See the #NoRA website:

https://noranow.org

 

 

Donate to #NoRA:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/noracampaign

 

 

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 #NoRA on Facebook (the May 5 Dallas protest is front and center):

https://www.facebook.com/NoRA4USA

 

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@NoRA4USA

 

 

Buy #NoRA merch:

https://teespring.com/stores/noranow

 

 

A note: We at OTYCD intend to nurture and encourage the movement sparked by the Margory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting by devoting one post at least every other week to gun safety-related issues.

 

The reason that the NRA has a death grip on Congress, and in particular, GOP Congressfolk, is that NRA members get off their asses and call if there’s a whisper of a muttering of a hint that a law might pass that could impose even the slightest imposition on ownership of guns in America.

 

That’s what the politicians are afraid of. It’s not just that some of them get metric buttloads of money for their campaigns from the NRA. Those who embrace the NRA’s outlook pounce on their phones and berate their representatives the instant they think their beloved guns are under threat.

 

So, yes, it’s on us to shout back.

 

We have to adopt the tactics of those who support the NRA.

 

We have to call our representatives often to make it damn clear that the status quo is unacceptable, and we want common-sense gun safety laws.

 

OTYCD will start out with one weekday post every two weeks, at minimum, that has to do with improving gun safety and pushing back against the NRA.

 

We do this in honor of the Parkland victims, and all victims of mass shootings in America, and everyone who has been fighting to change our laws on firearms all along.

 

If Trump finally bows to the will of Congress and imposes the sanctions against Russia for messing with the 2016 election, we will switch to devoting one post per week to these issues.

 

Honor the victims of the Parkland shooting, and all other shootings, by stepping up and calling your reps about common-sense gun safety laws, and by supporting politicians who have low grades from the NRA, and voting out those who do the NRA’s bidding.

 

#NeverAgain. For the love of all that is right and good, Never Again.

 

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Note Where the Nearest Nobody Is Above the Law Rally Takes Place, NOW, Just In Case. If Trump Does Fire Mueller or Rosenstein, Etc., the Server Might Crash

Take a moment and note down the actual address and directions to the site where the Nobody Is Above the Law rally is happening closest to you. Just in case.

 

We hope it won’t be necessary to rally. But if Trump actually fires Special Counsel Robert Mueller, or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, or does some other ridiculous thing to undermine the Trump-Russia investigation and thus cause a constitutional crisis, you’ll need to be ready to go to your nearest protest site.

 

As of late April 2018, more than 350,000 people have RSVPed. That’s good! But if Trump does the deed, there’ll be a lot more people than that who’ll be interested in going out to one of the 900-plus protests.

 

Think about it. That 350,000 number represents those who intend to protest and who are comfortable filling out a form and giving their info to MoveOn.org.

 

For every person who’s willing to do that, there are a bunch more who are only willing to do the first of those things.

 

And for every person who intends to protest but who doesn’t want to fill out a form or give their info to MoveOn.org, there’s a bunch more people who will realize they want to protest once the batsignal is hanging in the sky over their heads. (Metaphorically.)

 

If you’re a regular reader of OTYCD, you’ve probably become The One In Your Circle Who Knows About Politics. Your friends and family will expect you to know where the Mueller Firing Rapid Response protest is, and how to get there, and where they can park.

 

Do you?

 

At the very least you need to go to the Mueller Firing Rapid Response page, find your protest site, and write down the name of the spot and its street address.

 

Put it on paper. Put it in your phone. Email it to yourself. Heck, do all three.

 

Even better, take some time and teach yourself how to give good, precise directions to the site, and learn what the parking options are.

 

We’re saying this because if Trump does the deed–and remember, we know he’s threatened to do it at least twice and hasn’t carried through–it’s possible that the MoveOn.org site, which is hosting the Mueller Firing Rapid Response page, will be super-slammed in seconds, and it might go down due to the spike in traffic.

 

Be prepared. Plan ahead. Take down the protest site info and put it where you can get it easily.

 

 

Find your Mueller Firing Rapid Response protest site here:

https://act.moveon.org/event/mueller-firing-rapid-response-events/search/

 

 

While you’re at it, review The Plan–what would trigger the protests, and why:

https://act.moveon.org/survey/mueller-firing-rapid-response-plan/?

 

 

And you may as well review the FAQ page, too, and take notes:

https://act.moveon.org/survey/mueller-firing-rapid-response-faq/?

 

 

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Support The Resistance When You Buy Gifts

This OTYCD entry originally posted in November 2017.

 

Support the Resistance and fight Trumpism when you buy gifts for the holidays or any other time of year.

 

Yes, you can multitask while shopping by voting with your dollars.

 

Before you reach for your credit card, double-check the Grab Your Wallet list and make sure you’re not giving money to Trump, his kids, and entities that support them:

https://grabyourwallet.org/Boycott%20These%20Companies.html

 

 

Whenever you can, put your money in the hands of black-owned businesses (and local, independent, non-chain businesses that invest in your community):

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/10/17/support-black-owned-businesses/

 

 

You have many, many good book choices available to you. Former White House photographer Pete Souza released Obama: An Intimate Portrait in November 2017. OTYCD hasn’t had a chance to review that book but here’s a piece we did on Souza’s amazing Instagram account:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/10/09/follow-obamas-white-house-photographer-pete-souza-on-instagram/

 

 

You can also buy bestsellers from Hillary Clinton:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/12/16/buy-hillary-clintons-book-buy-it-a-lot-buy-it-some-more-give-it-to-friends-do-so-knowing-itll-annoy-the-crap-out-of-her-enemies/

 

 

… Al Franken:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/11/04/learn-from-al-franken-giant-of-the-senate/

 

 

…and George Lakoff:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/12/16/read-george-lakoffs-dont-think-of-an-elephant-know-your-values-and-frame-the-debate-10th-anniversary-edition/

 

 

…but please buy them from independent bookstores, such as Powell’s and The Strand:

http://www.powells.com

http://www.strandbooks.com

 

 

 

John Scalzi, who’s written great blog posts that you should read…

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/11/09/read-these-blog-posts-by-john-scalzi-who-nails-it/

 

…writes science fiction, and will once again sell signed copies of his books through his favorite local independent bookstore:

https://whatever.scalzi.com/2017/11/10/how-to-get-signed-and-personalized-books-from-me-for-the-holidays-2017/

 

 

Alexandra Erin, the Twitter sage, is also a science fiction author. You can buy her books directly from her. (See the right side of her blog. Warning–these books are not political):

http://www.alexandraerin.com

 

 

…and hey, don’t forget that Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has sweet merch:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/10/08/help-elizabeth-warren-by-buying-nevertheless-she-persisted-merch/

 

 

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Support the Second Annual National Black Mama’s Bail Out Day

Support the second annual National Mama’s Bail Out Day, which helps women who can’t afford bail come home in time for Mother’s Day.  

 

The bail system in this country is broken. Too many people are sitting in jail because they are too poor to pay their way out before they go to trial.

 

Making people sit in jail has other terrible effects. It makes it impossible for the jailed to go to work, which in turn threatens their ability to pay their bills and keep their homes. It also wreaks havoc on their families.

 

National Bail Out was created by black organizers to repair and transform our jail and prison systems. Last year, during the first Black Mama’s Bail Out Day, NBO freed more almost 200 women in more than 18 American cities and communities.

 

In addition to releasing people from jail before trial, NBO provides support services to those who they bail out, such as short-term housing, transportation, and health care, including drug treatment and mental health care.

 

NBO is partnering with 25 other organizations to do another Black Mama’s Bail Out Day again in 2018. They will use the funds they collect to free American women in the week leading up to Mother’s Day, which falls on May 13, 2018.

 

Another thing to note about donating to bail funds: The money usually comes back to the fund, so your donations can be used again and again.

 

 

See the website for National Bail Out:

https://nomoremoneybail.org

 

 

Donate to National Bail Out and National Mama’s Bail Out Day:

https://brooklynbailfund.org/national-bail-out-day-donate

 

 

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Learn to plan a Bail Out day in your community:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScSoZ8SlNmkzjwiIBgFRigcApwpTFYRJcO7euoZBgInb02-gA/viewform

 

 

Use the Appolition app to donate your spare change to bail funds:

https://appolition.us

 

 

Read the Pretrial Justice Institute’s April 17, 2018 blog post on this year’s Mama’s Day Bail Out:

http://www.pretrial.org/mamas-day-bailout-2018/

 

 

Read a May 2017 Teen Vogue piece on the first Mama’s Day Bail Out:

https://www.teenvogue.com/story/national-mamas-bail-out-day-release-women-color-jail

 

 

Read another May 2017 piece on the first Mama’s Day Bail Out:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/mama-s-bail-out-day-brings-black-moms-home-jail-n759061

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