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Look Into the Voting Records of Your State-Level Reps

This OTYCD entry originally posted in June 2017.

 

Set aside some time to look into the voting records of your state house rep and your state senator, and figure out if they’re people who you can support.

 

Can you name your state-level house rep and senator? Could you do so before November 8, 2016? No worries, none of us at OTYCD could either.

 

If you don’t know who your state house rep and state senator are, go to the link below and plug in your address and zip code to get their names:

https://whoaremyrepresentatives.org

 

Once you have their names, google them. See what they’ve voted for, and what bills they’ve sponsored. Also pull up their state legislative biography pages and see what committees they’re on.

 

Do they represent you well? Dig deep into what you find, and give yourself time to think about it all. State-level politics allows for less ideological rigidity. It doesn’t guarantee it, but it allows it. Conservative Democrats and liberal Republicans are extinct on the federal level, but there are some at the state level. Stay alert. The folks who call themselves Democrats may not match your values, and those who call themselves Republicans could well be the better choice.

 

You need to get acquainted with the voting records and overall performance of your state-level reps so you’re better informed when it comes time to vote.

 

If you’re like us, you followed this procedure when you found yourself in the voting booth and faced with the need to pick a state-level rep:

 

Is this person a Democrat?

 

Has this person done anything embarrassing, awful, or glaringly incompetent?

 

If the answers are “yes” and “no” respectively, they get the black check. If not, no.

 

That strategy is no longer good enough. Schedule some time to really learn who your state-level reps are, and learn if they’re people who you can get behind.

 

If they are, think about what you can do to support them when they run again, be it donating, door-knocking, putting a sign on your lawn, whatever.

 

If they’re not, start scouting for candidates who you can support.

 

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See the Scorecard for Tony the Democrat’s GOTV Postcard Campaigns (Complete Update, with Notable Extras, December 24, 2017)

See the scorecard for the GOTV postcard campaigns led by Tony the Democrat, and you’ll see that you matter, and your efforts matter.

 

Tony the Democrat and his team have been leading postcard campaigns to Get Out The Vote (GOTV) for worthy Democrats on all levels–local, state, and federal elections–as of early 2017. Since then he has recruited more than 4,000 people to participate and help the chosen candidates.

 

Someone emailed OTYCD to suggest that we publish a running scorecard of the Tony the Democrat campaigns, and we thought it was a good idea. This tally is accurate as of October 1, 2017, and is in chronological order. We’ll update it periodically.

 

Also, look under the ‘Postcard Campaigns’ heading on OTYCD to see past postcard campaigns and learn about new ones. OTYCD has not managed to cover all of Tony’s postcard campaigns–sometimes we learn about them too late to get a post up in time to help–but we did write about those for Ossoff, Parnell, Gaddis, Cavanaugh, Patterson, Keys-Gamarra, Taddeo, and Jones, and we look forward to writing about more.

 

 

See the Tony the Democrat GOTV Postcard Campaign Scorecard:

https://postcardstovoters.org/past-candidates/

 

 

As of December 24, 2017, the T the D team had done 56 GOTV postcard campaigns.

A total of 32 candidates won their races, and three more proceeded to runoffs. There were 21 losses.

 

 

See the main website for Tony the Democrat here:

https://postcardstovoters.org/

 

 

Learn how to volunteer to write GOTV postcards:

https://postcardstovoters.org/volunteer/

 

 

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Here’s the FAQ page for Tony the Democrat:

https://postcardstovoters.org/faq/

 

 

Here’s the final tally on the GOTV postcard campaign for Doug Jones in Alabama, which was the team’s biggest challenge to date:

https://postcardstovoters.org/2017/12/12/doug-jones-postcards-by-numbers/

 

 

Donate to the efforts of Tony the Democrat and the postcard-writing army:

https://postcardstovoters.org/donate/

 

 

In addition, Tony McMullin, aka Tony the Democrat, did an AMA on Reddit on September 29, 2017. See it below:

 

 

 

 

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Help Swing Left Swing the Country Left

This OTYCD entry originally posted in January 2018.

Join forces with Swing Left, an organization that aims to flip control of the House of Representatives to the Democratic Party in 2018.

 

Swing Left was one of the many progressive civic groups that rose from the ashes of the 2016 election. Its leaders estimate that if we successfully defend the 17 vulnerable Democrat-held house seats and gain 24 more, Democrats can win control of that chamber.

 

Swing Left has identified 64 “swing districts”–those where Clinton beat Trump by 15 percent of the vote or less, or districts that have a large number of Swing Left volunteers. If Democrats win 65 percent of the swing districts, the house is theirs.

 

If you plug your geographical information into the Swing Left search engine, it will tell you where your nearest swing district is. It might be relatively far from you. It could be the next district over. Or, you could be living in it.

 

Once you know where your swing district is, you can consider how best to help turn it blue–joining forces with volunteers, phone-banking, canvassing, attending events, fundraising or donating to candidates, and more.

 

 

See the Swing Left website:

https://swingleft.org

 

 

Read its ‘About’ and ‘FAQ’ pages:

https://swingleft.org/about

https://swingleft.org/faq

 

 

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!

 

 

Read a January 2017 New Yorker story on Swing Left’s origins:

http://www.newyorker.com/culture/jia-tolentino/swing-left-and-the-post-election-surge-of-progressive-activism

 

 

See its Volunteer Dashboard:

https://swingleft.org/volunteer-dashboard

 

 

Donate to Swing Left:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/swingleft

 

 

Follow Swing Left on Twitter:

@swingleft

 

 

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Help George Lakoff Fight A Lawsuit By Donating to This GoFundMe

Help George Lakoff fight a libel and slander lawsuit related to the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting by donating to a GoFundMe for his legal defense.

 

During a January 3, 2018 appearance on MSNBC, Lakoff said the following about Georgian-American businessman Ike Kaveladze (this quote comes from a Washington Post story linked below):

 

Right now, President Trump is in a noose. It’s the money laundering noose that’s tightening around his neck. It shows up not just in Bannon’s point about money laundering and also in the Fusion [GPS] point about money laundering in the New York Times op-ed today, but also in the fact that the main money launderer, Ike Kaveladze, was at the Trump Junior meeting in Trump Tower. He’s the eighth man there.

He is the major person who has been responsible for money laundering from Russia and other post-Soviet countries. And in addition, he set up over 2,000, you know, phony shell corporations with bank accounts and helped use that money in the bank accounts for the people doing the money laundering from Russia to get luxury apartments and luxury condos. The fact that he was invited by Trump Junior to that meeting indicates that Trump Junior knew him well.

 

Kaveladze has brought suit against Lakoff over this.

 

Lakoff is a good guy, a smart guy, and a hero in the eyes of us at OTYCD. Please consider donating to a GoFundMe for his legal defense.

 

As of February 11, 2018, it had raised more than $22,000 toward its goal of $150,000.

 

 

Donate to Lakoff’s legal defense fund:

https://www.gofundme.com/lakoff-freedom-and-truth-legal-fund

 

 

Read a Washington Post story about the lawsuit:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2018/01/31/eighth-man-in-famed-trump-tower-meeting-sues-msnbc-guest-over-money-laundering-claim/?utm_term=.8f1ec348636e

 

 

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 George Lakoff’s website:

https://georgelakoff.com

 

 

Purchase Lakoff’s books:

Books

 

 

Like Lakoff on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/George-Lakoff-165643503477608/

 

 

Follow Lakoff on Twitter:

@GeorgeLakoff

 

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Help All Out Help Gay Men in Chechnya Escape to Safety

This OTYCD entry originally posted in May 2017.

 

Help All Out, an organization devoted to LGBTQ rights, help gay men escape torture and persecution in Chechnya.

 

Chechnya is a region of Eastern Europe that is heavily Muslim. On April 1, 2017, the Russian paper Novaya Gazeta broke the news that Chechen authorities had rounded up more than 100 gay men, detaining them in camps, and torturing them. As many as three might have died.

 

When asked about the actions, a spokesperson for Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov reportedly said, “You cannot arrest or repress people who just don’t exist in the republic… If such people existed in Chechnya, law enforcement would not have to worry about them, as their own relatives would have sent them to where they could never return.”

 

The All Out Action Fund is a 501(c)(4) organization that is partnering with the Russian LGBT Network to evacuate gay men from Chechnya. They have met their initial fundraising goal but it wouldn’t hurt to add your donation.

 

 

Donate to All Out’s fund to help gay men escape persecution in Chechnya (note–donations are NOT tax-deductible):

https://go.allout.org/en/a/chechnya/

 

 

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Read a New York Times report on the Russian newspaper story:

 

Read a Guardian op-ed about the situation in Chechnya:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/13/gay-men-targeted-chechnya-russia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Support Rick Wilson’s Film, Everything Trump Touches Dies

This OTYCD entry originally posted in September 2017.

Support Everything Trump Touches Dies, a film that Florida-based Republican strategist Rick Wilson hopes to finish in time to release in January 2018.

 

Rick Wilson is a Republican who has assisted several high-level Republican campaigns. We at OTYCD began following him after the 2016 election and boy, has that guy brought the fire. He has been unsparing and relentless in his savaging of Trump. If he didn’t coin the phrase “everything Trump touches dies,” he’s certainly popularized it.

 

He plans to co-create a feature-length documentary with that title for release in January 2018. Here’s what he says about the project on its GoFundMe page:

“We’re here to tell the story of the first year of Donald Trump’s reckless, failed Presidency and the damage he’s done to America’s reputation, values, and institutions, and to the allies and supporters who put him in office and served in his White House.

 

We’ve estimated a production budget of $85,000 for a completed documentary, including all editing, shooting, footage and media rights, music, professional voiceover, travel, and legal work related to the film.

 

We hope you’ll join us in making this important film. We’re waiving our usual production fees and putting our own funds and time into the project. If we see the kind of support we know is out there, we’ll begin production immediately, and premiere the film in January of 2018.”

 

This should be good.

 

As of September 23, 2017, Wilson and his creative partner, filmmaker Ben Howe, had raised just over $27,000 for Everything Trump Touches Dies.

 

If you can donate, please do. If you can’t, tell people about the project by promoting it on social media.

 

 

See the GoFundMe page for Everything Trump Touches Dies:

https://www.gofundme.com/everything-trump-touches-dies-film

 

 

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Follow Rick Wilson on Twitter, and retweet his pinned tweet, which boost the documentary project:

@TheRickWilson

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Support Black-Owned Businesses

This OTYCD entry originally posted in July 2017.

 

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

 

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the page or checking the About & Subscribe page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

 

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/