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Support Black-Owned Businesses

Support black-owned businesses, both in your community and across the country.

The Support Black Owned (SBO) website offers a search engine that will help you find black-owned businesses in your state.  Black-owned businesses are almost always small businesses of the sort that comprise the fabric of a community. When you need to buy goods and services, please check your state listing at SBO first and see if someone there can meet your needs.

 

See the SBO website (scroll to the bottom for the state links; they’re on the right):

https://www.supportblackowned.com

 

Like the SBO Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/SupportBlackOwned

 

Follow SBO on Twitter:

@SupportBlackOwn

 

Connect with SBO on LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/company-beta/3283815/

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Save This Tool: It’s Time to Fight

Got another brilliant tool for you all to save and cherish. It’ll also appear on the Tool Box page soon.

It’s Time to Fight is goddamn excellent. Written by a political staffer who prefers to remain anonymous, it’s one-stop shopping for when you’re looking for more than one thing you can do. Want time-sensitive actions? It’s got em. Longer-term stuff? Yep. Forgot who your members of Congress are? It’s Time to Fight will help you find them.

Go here, click on what looks good to you, and start fighting:

http://itstimetofight.weebly.com

Bookmark it. Visit it often. And follow the author on twitter: @Celeste_pewter

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GOOD UPDATE! Democrat Hala Ayala WON A Seat in Virginia’s State Legislature

YES YES YES! Hala Ayala won her race for a seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates! She defeated Rich Anderson, a four-term Republican incumbent.

Read more here:

http://www.insidenova.com/news/politics/prince_william/ayala-wins-st-district-seat-defeating–term-incumbent/article_22e3019e-c434-11e7-bb85-b3efe305948f.html

Original text of this post follows.

Support Democrat Hala Ayala, who is running for a seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates on November 7, 2017.

In addition to spotlighting five Virginia state-level candidates chosen by Flippable for the upcoming race in November, we at OTYCD are also devoting posts to six candidates chosen by 314 Action whose races fall in 2017. 314 Action is an organization that boosts hopefuls who have STEM backgrounds.

Ayala worked her way up from a service job with no benefits to serving the Department of Homeland Security as a cybersecurity specialist. She is the founder and former president of the Prince William County chapter of the National Organization for Women. She helped organize Virginian efforts to appear at the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017.

Ayala would expand Medicaid and defend Planned Parenthood. A former president of a local Parent-Teacher Organization, she supports universal pre-K, affordable college and university tuition, and efforts against bullying and discrimination. She would invest in public transportation and other infrastructure projects that could reduce traffic woes. She supports initiatives for paid family leave, paid sick leave, increasing the minimum wage, and ensuring equal pay for equal work.

 

See Ayala’s campaign website:

https://ayalafordelegate.com

 

See her Meet Hala page:

https://ayalafordelegate.com/about/

 

See her Issues page:

https://ayalafordelegate.com/on-the-issues/

 

Donate to Ayala’s campaign:

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

 

Like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/AyalaforDelegate/

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@HalaAyala

 

See her 314 Action page:

http://www.314action.org/hala-ayala

 

See her Crowdpac page:

https://www.crowdpac.com/campaigns/212305/hala-ayala

 

See her Ballotpedia page:

https://ballotpedia.org/Hala_Ayala

 

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

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GOOD UPDATE! Democrat Danica Roem WON Her Virginia State Legislature Race

YES YES YES! Democrat Danica Roem beat incumbent Republican Bob Marshall for a Virginia state senate seat. Roem becomes the first openly transgender elected official in Virginia, defeating an anti-LBGTQ Republican who had described himself as his state’s “chief homophobe.”

Read more about Roem’s historic win:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2017/11/07/transgender_democrat_danica_roem_defeats_bob_marshall.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/danica-roem-will-be-vas-first-openly-transgender-elected-official-after-unseating-conservative-robert-g-marshall-in-house-race/2017/11/07/d534bdde-c0af-11e7-959c-fe2b598d8c00_story.html?utm_term=.47cf6cdd6923

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/359271-first-openly-transgender-state-legislator-elected-in-virginia

 

Support Democrat Danica Roem, who is running for a seat in the Virginia state legislature.

Flippable, the organization created after the 2016 elections to focus on state and local elections, has identified the state of Virginia as, well, flippable. All 100 seats in its House of Delegates are up for grabs on November 7, 2017.

We at OTYCD hope to prep and post items on the five Virginia candidates in the districts that Flippable has deemed most worthy of your time and money.

Roem is a lifelong Virginian who has worked as a reporter for more than a decade. If she wins, she will be only the third transgender candidate elected to a state legislature. She’s going up against an incumbent, Republican Bob Marshall, who has supported anti-LBGTQ bills, including an anti-transgender bathroom bill.

Her big issue is traffic–specifically, fixing Route 28 to improve its horrific rush hour. She would also advocate for universal pre-K and for increasing pay for public school teachers. She wants to protect students from bullying and discrimination and supports measures that make Virginia more welcoming to all.

 

See Roem’s campaign website:

http://danicaroem.ngpvanhost.com

 

See her About Danica page:

http://danicaroem.ngpvanhost.com/about-danica

 

See her Top Issues page:

http://danicaroem.ngpvanhost.com/traffic-jobs-schools-equality

 

Donate to Roem’s campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/danica-for-delegate

 

Phone-bank for Danica:

http://danicaroem.ngpvanhost.com/phone-bank-danica-0

 

Like Roem on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/danicafordelegate/

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@pwcdanica

 

See Roem’s Flippable page:

http://elections.flippable.org/elections?id=SVAH013

 

See her Ballotpedia page:

https://ballotpedia.org/Danica_Roem

 

See Flippable’s ‘Why Virginia?’ page, which will also lead you to the other four chosen candidates:

https://www.flippable.org/virginia-house#wsimg

 

Read other articles about Roem’s historic run:

https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/transgender-candidate-danica-roem-wins-virginia-primary-makes-history-n772486

https://noisey.vice.com/en_us/article/ev4gep/this-trans-metalhead-stepmom-is-making-a-historic-run-for-office-in-virginia

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/a12217328/danica-roem-interview-transgender-candidate-virginia/

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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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Learn from Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

Learn from Al Franken, giant of the Senate, by reading his new book of the same name.

Editorial note, December 1, 2017. We wrote this post well before the assorted allegations came out against Franken. The whole thing is weird and foul. His second apology for what turned out to be the first allegation was strong, and we support his call for an ethics investigation of himself. We continue to follow developments. Regardless, Franken’s book is good, and people who are pondering the idea of running for office have much to gain from it. We stand by our recommendation of Giant of the Senate. Original text follows.

This is the book we need right now, for several reasons. Franken shows how a smart, passionate person who never in a million years dreamed of becoming a United States senator finds himself well into his second term.

Actually, let’s correct that. He doesn’t “find himself well into his second term.” He had to work like a dog crossed with a mule to get elected, and then he had to work some more, and the work has never let up. He made big sacrifices. He suffered. His family suffered. He made mistakes. He still makes mistakes. And it’s all worth it.

In this book, Franken shows how a human being becomes a Senator. He does this with ample humor and blistering honesty. And he takes away one more excuse that’s stopping you from getting more involved with politics, and staying involved once you do.

So, go get a copy. Go read it. And pay special attention to the end of the book. Page 382-383 has the advice you all need. To sum up, he says:

Keep showing up and keep speaking out.

Keep being a pain in the butt, including to me. (But don’t accost him in the airport, please. He means carry on calling, emailing, and writing letters.)

Become an advocate for a cause that matters to you.

Keep your head up.

And while, technically, this isn’t giving away the end of the book because another chapter follows, we’re going to quote from page 385, which might be the most important page:

“But even if you don’t run for office, in order to be part of determining what our shared future looks like, you have to be willing to give up things like time and energy and money. You have to be willing to tolerate a seemingly endless stream of injustices and disappointments. You have to endure an overwhelming amount of noise and nonsense. And the worst part is, you’re not guaranteed a return on your investment.

That’s why, even on the good days, politics is hard. And on the bad days, it can feel downright futile. I’ve had some of those bad days since I started this journey… but I have a feeling that the worst days of my political career are still ahead.

I’m sure there will be moments over the next few years where I’ll wish I was back at Saturday Night Live, laughing like crazy in a room full of my best friends, or even just hanging out with my grandkids and giving my brain a break from the constant stream of noise that passes for our political discourse.

But I’ll tell you this: I’m glad I’m here.

And I’m glad you’re here, too.”

 

Order Al Franken, Giant of the Senate:

http://www.powells.com/book/al-franken-giant-of-the-senate-9781455540419/17-0

 

 

 

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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.

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