Sign Up for a Health Insurance Plan at Healthcare.gov During a Special Enrollment Period

Sign up for a health insurance plan at Healthcare.gov during a special enrollment period announced by President Biden.

We originally published this OTYCD story in mid-February, after Biden announced it. We will re-run the story at least once a month until the special enrollment period ends on May 15, 2021.

Read the story here:


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One Thing You Can Do Hits “Pause”

Hello all, Sarah Jane here. I’m the lead writer and editor at One Thing You Can Do.

As such, I do virtually all of the work. (This is not a complaint.)

I’ve just had some changes in my life–good ones, don’t worry–that are eating the time I allocate to preparing posts for OTYCD.

I’m not stopping my activism, and neither should you. But I am being forced to change how I pursue it, however. At least for now, that means pausing work on OTYCD.

That pause might be permanent. I hope it won’t be, and I don’t intend it to be. But I literally can no longer budget the hours needed to fill the OTYCD queue, and I need time to figure out if and when and in what form I can resume that work.

Again, I’m continuing with my activism, I’m just having to take a different approach, is all. Things have changed for the better under President Biden, but we need to remain vigilant. We can’t afford to allow the civic muscles we built under Trump to atrophy.

Regardless of what happens, I want to thank you all for reading and sharing OTYCD. I am grateful for every single one of you.

Stay strong. You matter. You’ve got to stay here and carry on the fight as best you can.


Sarah Jane Smith


Save This Tool, Created by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Which Tracks Trump’s Conflicts of Interest

Save this tool, created by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), which tracks Trump’s conflicts of interest.

Trump is no longer president, and you helped make that happen. Thank you!

Unfortunately, until his pre-existing conditions and assorted bad habits team up to ease him into his eternal rest, he will mutter and squawk and threaten to run again in 2024.

Will he actually do it? Is this all just a grift? We at OTYCD say that it doesn’t matter, and the only safe approach is to take Trump’s musings about 2024 with deadly seriousness. The American public generally treated Trump like a joke in 2015 and 2016, and look what happened. Not funny.

To that end, we’re recommending you save a tool built by CREW to track Trump’s many and varied conflicts of interest during his presidency.

All material gathered by the tool was valid as of February 15, 2021.

It counted 3,740 conflicts of interest, roughly two for each day of his administration.

Those conflicts included 100 political events held at properties owned by Trump; 69 foreign trademarks granted to Trump businesses; and 547 visits by President Trump to properties he owned, 328 of which were visits to his golf courses.

See Trump’s conflicts of interest tracker:


See the main CREW website:


See its Our Team page:


See its News page:


See CREW’s reports and investigations page:


Donate to support CREW’s work:


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See the One Thing You Can Do Landing Page for Stories on Tony the Democrat and Postcards to Voters

See the One Thing You Can Do landing page for our stories on Tony the Democrat and the Postcards to Voters movement.

One of the earliest topics that OTYCD devoted multiple stories to is Tony the Democrat and the Postcards to Voters movement.

Launched in March 2017, it opened a new avenue for activism–helping elect Democrats at all levels through hand-written postcards sent to Democratic voters to nudge them to cast a ballot in state, local, and special elections.

A lot has happened since March 2017, both on OTYCD and in the world. We rarely write about individual Postcards to Voters campaigns these days, particularly now that Tony the Democrat has a fully fledged Postcards to Voters website.

But we thought we’d create a landing page for past OTYCD stories on Tony the Democrat and Postcards to Voters that are still valid.

Please keep in mind: Postcard stamps now cost 36 cents apiece. We amended the old stories to reflect this but wanted to mention it here as well, just in case.

Sponsor those who write GOTV postcards for Tony the Democrat:


Recruit writers in person for Tony the Democrat’s Postcards to Voters campaign:


For old times’ sake, here’s the first-ever OTYCD story on a Postcards to Voters campaign:


See the Postcards to Voters homepage:


See its Volunteer page to learn how to join the postcard-writing army:


See its Results page to learn how its candidates have performed:


Purchase postcards from Postcards to Voters:


Order 36-cent stamps from the United States Postal Service (USPS):


Follow Postcards to Voters on Twitter:


Like Postcards to Voters on Facebook:


Donate to Postcards to Voters:


See the merch in the Postcards to Voters shop:


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Let Jane Elliott Open Your Eyes About Racism in America

Let Jane Elliott open your eyes about racism in America.

OTYCD originally published this story in January 2019. We’re remaking the page with fresh URLs because the links on the original page are broken or have vanished.

Elliott became an activist after Martin Luther King Jr., was assassinated in 1968. Shocked by the racist reactions she heard about King’s death, the elementary-school teacher designed an exercise for her young, white students in small-town Iowa that would show them what racism felt like.

She dubbed it the “Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes Exercise.” On day one, she showed blatant favoritism to the blue-eyed kids, giving them extra helpings at lunchtime and five extra minutes of recess. She treated the brown-eyed kids as African-Americans were treated then, forcing them to sit at the back of the class and barring them from using the same water fountain that the blue-eyed kids did. She spouted ridiculous arguments about blue-eyed superiority, and antagonized brown-eyed kids who complained about their treatment. Some blue-eyed kids became bossy and nasty to their brown-eyed peers.

The experiment seemed to affect how well the two groups did on tests and schoolwork. The “superior” kids did better and felt confident enough to attempt harder work. The “inferior” kids withdrew and did less well in class.

The next day, the two groups changed places. Then Elliott asked the kids to write about how the experiment made them feel.

Word got out about the Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes experiment. It led to an appearance on The Tonight Show, two books, and a 1970 ABC documentary, The Eye of the Storm, which spread the word further. Demand for lectures and diversity training workshops became so strong that Elliott left her public school career in the mid-1980s.

It should be said that academic analyses of the effects of Elliott’s experiment are mixed. It seems to show moderate success in reducing bigotry long-term, but it might not be enough to justify the trauma the experiment could inflict on its participants. (Elliott caught flak for doing the experiment with eight-year-olds rather than trying it on teenagers or adults.)

Regardless of whether the Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes experiment succeeds in making white people less racist, Elliott’s lectures can help you understand white privilege and push back against it.

See Jane Elliott’s homepage:


See her recommended bibliography, which is a good place to get started with learning about white privilege and its effects. The list also includes titles that cover sexism, homophobia, ageism, anti-Semitism, and bigotry in general:


Have a look at her current learning materials:


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Believe It: You Matter.

This OTYCD entry originally posted in April 2017. It’s among the earliest stories we’ve published, and it might be the best. That’s why it will always appear on the page headlined “The Most Important Thing You Can Do”.

Read Believe It: You Matter:


P.S. Trump went through his entire four years in office without criticizing Vladimir Putin even once.

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Support Jana Lynne Sanchez’s Run for a House of Representatives Special Election for Texas’s 6th District

Support Jana Lynne Sanchez’s run for a House of Representatives special election for an open seat in Texas’s 6th District.

We at OTYCD wrote about Sanchez in 2018, when she ran for this very seat. She won the Democratic primary but was defeated in the general by Republican Ronald Wright. She got 45.4 percent of the vote to his tally of 53.1.

Wright won re-election in 2020 but died of COVID-19 on February 7, 2021. He’s the first sitting member of Congress to succumb to the disease; Luke Letlow, a GOP Congressman-elect from Louisiana, died of COVID-19 before he could be sworn in.

Cites: https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/08/politics/ron-wright-congressman-dies/index.html

Wright’s death prompted a special election to fill his seat, and Sanchez has stepped forward to run. She is one of ten Democrats and 11 Republicans vying for the post alongside a Libertarian and an Independent.

Ballotpedia does not reflect a date for a primary for this special election, but the special election itself takes place on May 1, 2021.

Cites: https://ballotpedia.org/Texas%27_6th_Congressional_District_special_election,_2021

The name recognition Sanchez built during the 2018 campaign should serve her well here. In February, she told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that she had already raised $100,000.

See Jana Lynne Sanchez’s campaign website:


See her “About” page:


Volunteer for her special election campaign:


Donate to her campaign via ActBlue:


Like the Sanchez campaign on Facebook:

Follow Jana Lynne Sanchez on Twitter:


See her Ballotpedia page:


Read a brief February 16, 2021 Fort Worth Star-Telegram story on Sanchez:


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Let Laura M. Browning Teach You to Check Facts

Let Laura M. Browning teach you to check facts.

April Fool’s Day is a perennial pain-in-the-butt for sites like OTYCD. Facts matter, and we don’t want to risk posting a story that could be taken as a prank.

We’re going to play it as safe as we can by reworking a post from April 2017 about how to fact-check.

The link below will take you to a Google doc from 2017 written by Laura M. Browning, a professional copy editor who has trained others to check facts. She titled the document Fact-checking in the Age of Trumpism for obvious reasons, but its strength and validity hasn’t diminished one bit now that Trump has left the Oval Office.

Read Laura M. Browning’s deft, incisive, and blessedly short (barely five pages) paper on how to fact-check:


Follow Laura M. Browning on Twitter:


Also see a 2016 NPR story with the creator of fake news who claimed that left-leaning readers were harder to trick:


And here are links to Snopes and Politifact, which Browning recommends in the paper:



Lastly, if you’re deathly curious to read what we originally wrote about Browning’s paper, here’s the 2017 story:


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TODAY is the FEC Q1 Deadline–Donate to Your Favorite 2022 Candidates Before Midnight

Today is the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Q1 deadline–donate to your favorite 2022 candidates before midnight.

During previous electoral cycles, OTYCD readers learned about the power and importance of FEC quarterly deadlines.

The numbers represent temperature checks on candidates for office. Good numbers launch a virtuous cycle that attract additional big-dollar donors to commit based on the quarterly fundraising reports.

Why draw your attention to the Q1 2021 deadline? Because traditionally, midterm elections have gone against the party of the sitting president. Congressional chambers flip in midterms.

As you read this, Democrats have a single-digit seat advantage in the House of Representatives and hold the Senate by virtue of having Vice President Kamala Harris available to cast a tie-breaking vote.

Yes, you should rest more this year than you did in 2020, a year that allowed little rest at all. But this is not an electoral off-year. With Trumpism far from dead, there’s no such thing. There are no more off-years, only less-intense years.

If you’ve built out your Core Four Plus for 2022 as much as you can, please consider making a donation to your chosen candidates, or making an additional booster donation before midnight.

If you can’t afford to donate to candidates right now, signal boost the Q1 donation deadline on social media and encourage others to give to solid Democratic incumbents and challengers.

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Tell Your MoCs That You Saw Their Social Media Posts

When you talk to your members of Congress, make sure to cite specific posts they’ve made to their social media accounts.

This OTYCD story originally ran in December 2018. Read it here:


Already did this? Did as much as you can with this? Don’t want to do this today? Check here and also here:



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