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Support The Guardian, the Newspaper That Ben Jacobs Works For

This OTYCD entry originally posted in May 2017.

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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Rebuke Trump and Help the FBI By Donating to Its Charities

Rebuke Trump and show support for the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) by donating to charities that help FBI families.

 

If you believe Donald Trump’s tweets, the FBI is a hotbed of radical liberalism, bent on taking down his administration. We should’t have to tell you not to believe Trump’s tweets–they’re absurd. The FBI is many things, but a bastion of leftist free-thinking it is not.

 

Many, many people have decried Trump’s attacks on the FBI. Benjamin Wittes (@benjaminwittes) of Lawfareblog seems to be the first to fight back by supporting FBI-related charities. On December 23, he tweeted:

The President is impugning the integrity of the FBI by attacking two honorable public servants: Jim Baker and Andy McCabe. I just donated $1,000 to the in their names. I urge others to give as well and tweet that you did so to .

 

He then retweeted several others who mentioned their donations in honor of Baker and McCabe on social media.

 

Later that day, the FBI Agents Association (@FBIAgentsAssoc) tweeted:

Thank you to everyone who has generously contributed to our charitable funds. Your money will directly benefit FBI families in need.

 

On December 24, former CIA director John Brennan (@JohnBrennan) pointedly joined the cause, tweeting:

Andy McCabe & Jim Baker epitomize integrity, competence, and respect for rule of law. Not surprised fears them, along with the rest of FBI. I just donated to as a small way of saying . Here’s how you can too:

 

The FBI Agents Association administers two charities.

 

The Membership Assistance Fund helps FBI families who suffer a sudden, unforeseen tragedy, such as a cancer diagnosis or an accident.

 

The Memorial College Fund provides scholarships to the children and spouses of FBI personnel who died on the job or within a year of leaving the agency.

 

Both are 501(c) (3) charities. Note: If you are uncomfortable with guns, you might want to focus on the Membership Assistance Fund alone. The Memorial College Fund has raised money through the sale of commemorative firearms.

 

We at OTYCD recognize that the FBI is not a perfect organization, and its history includes some pretty terrible acts. That said, it most emphatically does not deserve the abuse that Trump is raining on it, and we should do what we can to defend the FBI in the context of defending the infrastructure of democracy from the corrosive effects of Trump’s authoritarian whims. Donating to these two FBI charities are a way to stand up for the agency and its people, who have been unfairly maligned.

 

 

See the main donation page for the FBI Agents Association:

https://fbiaa.org/ways-to-donate

 

 

See its page for the Membership Assistance Fund:

https://fbiaa.org/membership-assistance-fund

 

 

See its page for the Memorial College Fund:

https://fbiaa.org/memorial-college-fund

 

 

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Help Tony the Democrat and Postcards to Voters with a Recurring Monthly $20 Donation

Help Tony the Democrat and the Postcards to Voters army by committing to a recurring monthly $20 donation to sustain its good work.

 

If you read One Thing You Can Do, you know about Tony the Democrat and the Postcards to Voters army. We’ve written about it since the beginning, back in March 2017, before it was a thing.

 

Well, Postcards to Voters is definitely a thing now. As of mid-May 2018, it has more than 20,000 postcard-writing volunteers, who have helped more than 50 candidates in federal, state, and local races across America win runoffs, special elections, and general elections.

 

Recently, Postcards to Voters and Erika from Collective Vision, who creates and sells postcards designed with the Postcards to Voters army in mind, announced a new effort.

 

With the mid-term elections coming, Postcards to Voters needs to increase and strengthen its finances. It’s asking folks to commit to a sustained monthly pledge. The dependable funds will help Tony and friends recruit more postcard writers and accept larger address lists from candidates for office.

 

Erika at Collective Vision has a special offer for those who commit to a sustained $20 per month pledge by May 27, 2018.

 

If you sign on, you will receive a free, one-time gift of an 100-card set of a new, not-yet-released postcard design. (The rest of the world gets to see it and buy it in early summer.)

 

Some things to know about the $20 sustained contribution:

 

Committing to a sustained $20 contribution means you agree to give Postcards to Voters $20 every month, month after month, until and unless you cancel it.

 

Your pledge isn’t tax-deductible.

 

If you’re already giving Postcards to Voters $20 a month, you will receive the 100-pack of the new postcard design automatically.

 

You can’t do sustained donations through PayPal, sorry.

 

The 100-pack will be mailed to the billing address that you give on the donation page. If you need Erika to send the postcard pack to a different address, email her at postcards @collectivevision.us (but know also that she’s away between May 16 through 26, 2018).

 

If you offer a sustained donation of $40 per month, you will receive two 100-postcard packs, and for every additional $20 you can pledge monthly, you’ll get another 100-count pack.

 

You can cancel your sustained pledge at any time.

 

If you can’t commit to $20 per month, don’t feel bad! Every bit helps, even if all you can do is tell other people about Postcards to Voters and invite them to join.

 

 

See Erika’s offer to those who pledge $20 per month to Postcards to Voters.

 

 

If that link doesn’t work for whatever reason, see Erika’s post about it on the Collective Vision Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/CollectiveVisionPostcards/

 

 

Set up your $20 recurring donation to Postcards to Voters:

https://postcardstovoters.givingfuel.com/welcome

 

 

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!

 

 

See the Postcards to Voters homepage:

https://postcardstovoters.org/

 

 

See the Collective Vision homepage:

https://www.collectivevision.us/

 

 

Follow Postcards to Voters on Twitter:

@DemocratWit

 

 

Like Postcards to Voters on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/TonyTheDemocrat.org/

 

 

Follow Collective Vision on Twitter:

@write_congress

 

 

Like it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/CollectiveVisionPostcards/

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Read This Cogent Blog Post on How Best to Oppose Trump

This OTYCD entry originally posted in April 2017.

 

Read blogger Jonathan Crowe’s cogent post on how best to oppose Trump.

 

In late December, Crowe, a historian, published Opposition in the Age of Gish Gallops, which in one stroke explained what Trump is doing; why it works; why we need a strategy; and why Pence is bad, but Trump is worse.

 

It’s only become more interesting now that the Russia-related scandals have felled Michael Flynn and ensnared Jeff Sessions.

 

The most important takeaway is this:

 

“Make supporting the congressional Republican agenda politically unsustainable for Trump, and vice versa. Find every opportunity to divide the two sides. Make sure Trump never misses an opportunity to blast perfidious congressional Republicans.

 

This does not necessarily mean giving up the fight when congressional Republicans and Trump are in alignment. But don’t expect to win them. Recognize that some fights are strategic and long-term — you will lose them now, and those losses will hurt, but it’s vitally important that you (and the Republic) live to fight another day. In the meantime, be tactical: focus on dividing those Republicans and making their unholy alliance with Trump as difficult as possible.”

 

Read Opposition in the Age of Gish Gallops:

http://www.jonathancrowe.net/2016/12/opposition-in-the-age-of-gish-gallops/

 

 

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 Crowe on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/jonathan.crowe

 

 

Follow him on Twitter:

@mcwetboy

 

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Help Build a Monument to African-American Journalist and Civil Rights Activist Ida B. Wells

Help build a monument to the pioneering 20th century African-American journalist and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells, who fought lynching.

 

Wells was born a slave in 1862 in Mississippi. When three African-American friends of hers were lynched in Memphis, Tennessee in 1892 for defending their successful grocery store from white assailants, she began an anti-lynching crusade, gathering information on lynching incidents, forming anti-lynching societies, and writing and speaking against lynching.

 

She also fought for women’s rights and helped form the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), but later drifted away from it. She died of kidney disease in 1931 at the age of 68.

 

Wells ultimately settled in Chicago, and a group hopes to build a monument to her in the neighborhood where she and her family lived. As of late April, they’ve raised a third of the funds they need. Sculptor Richard Hunt has agreed to create the monument.

 

 

See the website for the Ida B. Wells monument campaign:

http://www.idabwellsmonument.org

 

 

Read about the plans for the monument and see where it would be installed:

http://www.idabwellsmonument.org/?page_id=109

 

 

Read a short biography of Wells:

http://www.idabwellsmonument.org/?page_id=96

 

 

Donate to the Ida B. Wells monument fund:

http://www.idabwellsmonument.org/?page_id=59

 

 

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 the Ida B. Wells Monument on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Ida-B-Wells-Monument-133803080055450/

 

 

We at OTYCD learned about the Ida B. Wells monument effort through an activist on Twitter who goes by the handle ‘prison culture.’ Follow her:

 

@prisonculture

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Commit to the Long Haul, Because We Need You, Yes, You, to Help Un-Bork the Country

This OTYCD entry originally posted in April 2017.

Commit yourself to the long haul, because that’s what’s needed to un-bork the country. 

Waking up on November 9 was tough and bewildering, and not just because Trump won. It was tough because many of us were shocked to discover that the Democrats—the opposition party—was weak and in piss-poor shape to reign in Trump and his minions.

All this was made exponentially worse by the behavior of the Republicans, who have consistently favored their party over the greater good of the country since the current Congressional session began.

Let’s be painfully honest. There’s only so much the Democrats can do when the Republicans own everything and show no interest in fulfilling their obligation to check Trump’s power. The Democrats are trying, and in many cases, trying valiantly to curb the worst excesses, but the Republicans hold all the cards right now (in 2017).

Do not lose sight of the fact that the Democrats are stepping up, and the Republicans are not.

Trump will leave eventually. We won’t take bets on when. But never forget that this does not end when he’s gone. In the immortal words of God, speaking at the end of the classic film Time Bandits (which you really need to see if you haven’t yet): You need to stay here and carry on the fight.

The good news of the 115th Congress, such as it is, is that sitting Congressional Republicans are showing us who they are–unfit to govern, and incapable of governing.

We need to remember this, take down their names, and work to remove members of Congress who rolled over and surrendered to Trump. We need to work to elect Democrats, and we also need to work to elect Republicans who are sane and responsible.

Yes, you read that right. You need to work sane, responsible members of the opposition party, too.

One of the big reasons this country is borked right now is that we’re polarized. We used to be able to tolerate, and even befriend, people who disagreed with us on key issues. Somehow, without any of us really noticing, too many of us lost this talent.

You can argue about the hows and the whys, but it’s a fact. One of the ways to fix it is to go out and befriend people who don’t think like you all the time, on everything, but who are responsible and sane and have backbones.

You’re probably thinking by now, “Yeah, but what one thing are you asking me to do?” Fair enough.

Read this past post about recruiting friends in red states to call their MoCs:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/04/01/recruit-your-red-state-friends-to-call-their-mocs-2/

Pay attention to the bits about cultivating friendships. Get to work, if you haven’t yet. Build up your network so you can support your red state friends during elections and perhaps help them ID and support sane Republicans (assuming the Democrats are feckless or the Republican candidate is actually better).

And be on watch for future posts about sane Republicans, and consider following those folks on SoMe.

In addition, look at your state and local reps. Do you see any sane Republicans? Keep tabs on them. Maybe support them. Certainly support them if their Democratic counterpart is feckless or worse.

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Support Democrat Joseph Kopser, Who Hopes to Fill the Texas House Seat Being Vacated by Republican Lamar Smith

Support Democrat Joseph Kopser, who is running in 2018 for the seat being vacated by Texas Republican Lamar Smith.

 

Kopser is a West Point Graduate who served 20 years in the U.S. Army and multiple deployments to Iraq. He earned the Bronze Star and the Combat Action Badge. He earned a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University. He founded Ridescout, a tech company in Austin, and ultimately sold it to a Fortune 100 company.

 

Kopser came second in the March 6, 2018 Democratic primary and advanced to the May 22 runoff against Mary Street Wilson. She won 31 percent of the vote to his 29 percent.

 

Smith had held his House seat for more than 30 years before announcing that he would not run again in 2018. Smith chairs the House Science Committee, and has done a poor job at it, trying to subject National Science Foundation grant reviews to politically-motivated review, among other shenanigans. Worse still, Smith supported Trump early and often. Of course he voted for the GOP’s reckless partisan health care bill.

 

Kopser promises to be smarter, better, and saner than Smith, as well as a hell of a lot more responsive to the district’s constituents.

 

 

See Kopser’s campaign website:

https://www.kopserforcongress.com

 

 

See his Meet Joseph page:

https://www.kopserforcongress.com/meet-joseph/

 

 

See his Why I’m Running page:

https://www.kopserforcongress.com/why-im-running/

 

 

Consider Kopser for your Core Four for 2018:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/12/24/choose-your-core-four-for-2018/

 

 

Donate to Kopser’s campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/314action_kopser?refcode=website

 

 

Like him on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/KopserforCongress/

 

 

Follow him on Twitter:

@Kopser4Congress

 

 

See his 314 Action page:

http://www.314action.org/joseph-kopser

 

 

See 314 Action’s Endorsed Candidates page:

http://www.314action.org/endorsed-candidates/

 

 

Donate to 314 Action:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/314act?refcode=website&amounts=15,25,50,100,250,500,1000&amount=25&recurring=true

 

 

 

Read a March 2017 interview with Kopser on whether he’ll run:

http://www.xconomy.com/texas/2017/03/20/why-austin-tech-entrepreneur-joseph-kopser-might-run-for-congress/

 

 

Read a March 2018 story on the Texas Democratic primary results:

https://www.texastribune.org/2018/03/06/texas-primary-election-open-congressional-seats/