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Help Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff Win Their Georgia Senate Runoffs on January 5, 2021

Help Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff win their Georgia Senate Runoffs on January 5, 2021.

Supporting Warnock and Ossoff as well as the grassroots Georgia organizations that will help them win is THE most important thing we can do between now and early January.

That’s why you’re going to see this OTYCD story over and over until the polls close. Please click the link below and look it over.

In the past, with multi-day actions, we reposted the same story each day. This time, we’re trying something different–posting the link to the original, and updating that instead:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2020/11/06/help-rev-raphael-warnock-and-jon-ossoff-win-their-georgia-senate-runoffs-on-january-5-2021/

Thanks for doing the work. Please carry on doing it, and please recruit others to do it, too.

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Help Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff Win Their Georgia Senate Runoffs on January 5, 2021

Help Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff win their Georgia Senate Runoffs on January 5, 2021.

Supporting Warnock and Ossoff as well as the grassroots Georgia organizations that will help them win is THE most important thing we can do between now and early January.

That’s why you’re going to see this OTYCD story over and over until the polls close.

Rather than repost the story daily, we’re going to try something different–posting the link to the original, and updating that instead, when needed:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2020/11/06/help-rev-raphael-warnock-and-jon-ossoff-win-their-georgia-senate-runoffs-on-january-5-2021/

Thanks for doing the work. Please carry on doing it, and please recruit others to do it, too.

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!

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Help Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff Win Their Georgia Senate Runoffs on January 5, 2021

Help Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff win their Georgia Senate Runoffs on January 5, 2021.

Our focus is firm: The most important thing we can do between now and early 2021 is support Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff and the grassroots Georgia organizations that will help them win.

That’s why you’re going to see this OTYCD story over and over until the polls close.

Rather than repost the story daily, we’re going to try something different–posting the link to the original, and updating that instead, when needed:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2020/11/06/help-rev-raphael-warnock-and-jon-ossoff-win-their-georgia-senate-runoffs-on-january-5-2021/

Thanks for doing the work. Please carry on doing it, and please recruit others to do it, too.

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!

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Help Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff Win Their Georgia Senate Runoffs on January 5, 2021

Help Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff win their Georgia Senate Runoffs on January 5, 2021.

Yep, it’s still true: The most important thing we can do between now and early 2021 is support Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff and the grassroots Georgia organizations that will help them win.

That’s why you’re going to see this OTYCD story over and over until the polls close.

Rather than repost the story daily, we’re going to try something different–posting the link to the original, and updating that instead, when needed:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2020/11/06/help-rev-raphael-warnock-and-jon-ossoff-win-their-georgia-senate-runoffs-on-january-5-2021/

Thanks for doing the work. Please carry on doing it, and please recruit others to do it, too.

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!

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Help Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff Win Their Georgia Senate Runoffs on January 5, 2021

Help Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff win their Georgia Senate Runoffs on January 5, 2021.

Yep, it’s still true: The most important thing we can do between now and early 2021 is support Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff and the grassroots organizations on the ground in Georgia who will help them win.

That’s why you’re going to see this OTYCD story over and over until the polls close.

Rather than repost the story daily, we’re going to try something different–posting the link to the original, and updating that instead, when needed:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2020/11/06/help-rev-raphael-warnock-and-jon-ossoff-win-their-georgia-senate-runoffs-on-january-5-2021/

Thanks for doing the work. Please carry on doing it, and please recruit others to do it, too.

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!

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Help Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff Win Their Georgia Senate Runoffs on January 5, 2021

Help Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff win their Georgia Senate Runoffs on January 5, 2021.

The most important thing we can do between now and early 2021 is support Warnock and Ossoff and the grassroots organizations on the ground in Georgia who will help them win.

That’s why you’re going to see this OTYCD story over and over until the polls close.

Rather than repost the story daily, we’re going to try something different–posting the link to the original, and updating that instead, when needed:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2020/11/06/help-rev-raphael-warnock-and-jon-ossoff-win-their-georgia-senate-runoffs-on-january-5-2021/

Since the original Georgia runoff story went up, we’ve gotten confirmation that winning those contests is our only shot at gaining control of the Senate. Cal Cunningham conceded the North Carolina race to Thom Tillis on November 10, and AP (the Associated Press) called the Alaska Senate race for Dan Sullivan on November 11, 2020.

Thanks for doing the work. Please carry on doing it, and please recruit others to do it, too.

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!

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Help Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff Win Their Georgia Senate Runoffs on January 5, 2021

Help Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff win their Georgia Senate Runoffs on January 5, 2021.

The most important thing we can do between now and early 2021 is support Warnock and Ossoff and the orgs on the ground in Georgia who will help them win.

That’s why you’re going to see this OTYCD story over and over until the polls close.

Rather than repost the story anew each day we’re going to try something different–posting the link to the original:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2020/11/06/help-rev-raphael-warnock-and-jon-ossoff-win-their-georgia-senate-runoffs-on-january-5-2021/

Since the story went up, we’ve gotten confirmation that winning the two races is our only shot at gaining control of the Senate. Cal Cunningham conceded the North Carolina race to Thom Tillis on November 10, and AP (the Associated Press) called the Alaska Senate race for Dan Sullivan on November 11, 2020.

Thanks for doing the work. Please carry on doing it.

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!

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Help Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff Win Their Georgia Senate Runoffs on January 5, 2021

Help Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff win their Georgia Senate Runoffs on January 5, 2021.

The most important thing we can do between now and early 2021 is support Warnock and Ossoff and the orgs on the ground in Georgia who will help them win.

That’s why you’re going to see this OTYCD story over and over until the polls close.

Rather than repost the story anew each day we’re going to try something different–posting the link to the original:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2020/11/06/help-rev-raphael-warnock-and-jon-ossoff-win-their-georgia-senate-runoffs-on-january-5-2021/

Thanks for doing the work. Please carry on doing it.

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Embrace the Awkward: Learn to Handle All Sorts of Unreasonable People

This post originally appeared on OTYCD in March 2018. With Thanksgiving coming up, it’s a good time to repost this.

Want to get better at handling uncomfortable conversations with racists, sexists, bigots, and people who don’t share your beliefs and won’t let it go? Read these Captain Awkward blog posts.

If you haven’t heard of this blog, you have a treat ahead of you. Plan on losing an afternoon, because you will be diving deep in the rabbit hole.

Captain Awkward might be–no, is–the best personal advice column out there. Better than Miss Manners. Better than Dear Abby. Better than Dear Prudence. And yes, better than Carolyn Hax (sorry, Hax).

Blog author Jennifer P. has written several entries and presented guest posts on how to handle encounters with sexists, racists, xenophobes, homophobic and transphobic folks, as well as people who make it their mission to stomp on your boundaries.

Here are some good ones to start with:

1083 and #1084: Nazis Are Beyond Awkward, Do Not Engage (a woman dating a man who got a Neo-Nazi tattoo way back when and hasn’t yet had it removed; a woman’s older brother is a jerk who says pro-Nazi things and her family is being dense about it):
915: ‘All in the Family Politics’ (She is pro-choice and works for an abortion provider; her future mother-in-law is anti-choice):
871: ‘Love and Friendship in the Time of Xenophobia’:
819: ‘Ware the ‘Frozen Chosen’ (dealing with less-than-Christian-acting congregants):
710: ‘I Love My Volunteers (But Not the Racist Ones)’:

…and read these guest posts:

‘A Post-election Guide to Changing Hearts and Minds’:

‘If I Come Out to My Family, Will They Stop Making Offensive Jokes Already?’:

Also, on November 16, the Captain Awkward blog posted a link to a great Southern Poverty Law Center guide on responding to everyday bigotry:

https://www.splcenter.org/20150126/speak-responding-everyday-bigotry

Visit the Captain Awkward site:

https://captainawkward.com

Follow Captain Awkward on Twitter:

@CAwkward

Donate to Captain Awkward:

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Plan Your 2022 Fund, for Both Time and Money

Plan your 2022 fund–figure out how much you can set aside, in both time and money, for the 2022 political races.

In the past, we at OTYCD have asked you to start a fund for underwriting your political activity in election years, with the focus on determining a specific amount you can commit to setting aside every week between now and the Big Day.

Well, we’ve all lived through a few election cycles at this point, and we’ve learned a thing or two.

One thing that jumps out in the wake of the 2020 Senate elections is it is, in fact, possible to give too much to Senate candidates.

Candidate campaigns are, and will always be, bottomless cash funnels, at least until we fix the effects of the Supreme Court of the United States’s (SCOTUS’s) Citizens United ruling.

It might make more strategic sense to steadily give to a grass-roots organization on the ground in a candidate’s state that will do the vital support work to help that person win office.

The point? It’s OK to change how you save.

Instead of solely focusing on an event that’s two years away, maybe split your political budget.

You should put something away for 2022. Don’t stop doing that. But you can reduce that contribution in favor of making it part of a now-and-later fund.

The “now” can be ongoing, albeit small, contributions to organizations such as Spread the Vote (which has a Georgia branch, by the way); Flippable; Run for Something; Swing Left, Sister District, and similar efforts that support registering people to vote or support Democratic and progressive candidates running for local and state offices.

In other words, budget to assist organizations that perform vital work year-round that becomes even more important once elections loom large on the calendar.

This same political budget, from which you will draw during the 2022 campaign, should also cover routine contributions to Democratic members of Congress who represent you directly: your House Rep and your two Senators.

If any of your members of Congress are lousy, reallocate what you would have spent on them to 2022, so you can underwrite the campaign of a challenger.

And! This same political budget, which covers steady contributions to your Democratic Congressional representatives, worthy organizations, and your 2022 nest egg, should also include people who represent you on the state and local levels.

You can find your state Senator and your state House rep through:

https://openstates.org

The websites for your town or city hall should list your local elected officials, but they won’t give the dates of the next local election. Look to local political organizations and local newspapers for help with finding that out.

So! That is a lot of things to set aside money for, yes? Well, it doesn’t have to be. The amount can be small so long as it’s steady. Choose a sum you can consistently earmark every week, or every pay period, whatever works best for you.

If you can give monthly to your chosen organizations and your federal and state representatives, great! Do that.

If it makes more sense to give once a quarter, aim to give on these days:

March 31

June 30

September 30

December 31

Those dates represent the ends of fiscal quarters (informally known as Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4). Donations on these days can be extra-powerful, because big donors look at quarterly filings to decide if a candidate or an org is sufficiently big-deal to merit their help.

If it makes the most sense for you to direct everything to a 2022 fund and leave it alone until campaigning kicks off, so be it.

As for budgeting your time: Same deal. Make a minimum commitment of minutes you will spend each week or month on your chosen organizations, incumbents, races, and likely candidates.

If no one needs volunteers, educate yourself instead. Read relevant websites, books, and newspapers. Learn about pervasive problems and likely obstacles, and think about how to face them.

Your weekly or monthly time contribution need not be large, but it needs to be consistent. Pick a number and stick with it, knowing that your time commitment will likely grow as the 2022 election approaches. (Pssst! Reading the One Thing You Can Do blog daily definitely counts here.)

The work we all did for the November 3, 2020 election felt like a goddamn marathon. It won’t be the only political marathon we run. We need to stay in shape. We can’t afford to go soft.

Trump is on his way out of the Oval Office, yes, but he showed that would-be dictators can get elected in America. Rest and recuperate, but keep doing the work, and stay ready to do the work.

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