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Support the Wall of Moms in Portland and Join or Start a Local Branch (Plus a Nod to the Wall of Dads)

Support the Wall of Moms in Portland, and join or start a local branch of Wall of Moms. Plus! A nod to the Wall of Dads movement, which also sprung to life during the Portland protests.

 

This is one of many posts we are devoting to the summer 2020 Black Lives Matter protests in Portland. We thought about doing it as one huge mega-post, but thought again and concluded it’s easier to digest if we break everything out into a series.

 

We realize in doing things this way, we run the risk that stories in the queue might be overtaken by events. We’re accepting that risk.

 

As of late July, Trump dispatched federal forces to the area, insisting that it’s out of control. (Spoiler alert: The people coming out are just protesting, aka exercising their First Amendment rights. Some are spraying graffiti on federal buildings.)

 

The arrival of outside forces only spurred still more Portlandians and Oregonians from surrounding areas to join the nightly protests, which have continued for more than 50 days–pretty much since the earliest public actions to decry the death of George Floyd.

 

Trump and his supporters have tried their damndest to depict the Portland protesters as thugs.

 

Portlandians themselves have deftly exposed the lie in many ways.

 

One of the sharpest and most pointed is Wall of Moms. These women began appearing in late July, clad in bike helmets and yellow shirts, and locking arms to form a wall against the cops and outside forces.

 

The website for Wall of Moms greets you with these words: All Mothers Were Summoned When He Called Out to His Mama.

 

This is a reference to the final minutes of George Floyd. Before he died, his neck pinned under the knee of a police officer for more than eight minutes, he cried out for his mother.

 

Images of the Wall of Moms typically show white women linking arms. In late July 2020, the group recruited people of color to take over and lead the group, in recognition of its goal to further the Black Lives Matter movement.

 

As we prepare this post, Wall of Moms chapters are spreading across America. Further down, we’ve included the Twitter handles for all the confirmed known groups as of late July.

 

We should also mention Wall of Dads, a related group that arose in Portland a few days after the Wall of Moms.

 

The Dads seem to have embraced the leaf blower, a tool first used by Hong Kong protesters to blow tear gas back at the forces that release it.

 

As of late July, the Wall of Dads hasn’t inspired branches outside of Portland, but here’s hoping that changes. Its Twitter handle appears after the info for the main Wall of Moms group.

 

 

See the Wall of Moms webpage, which belongs to the Portland, Oregon group:

https://thewallofmoms.com

 

 

Like Wall of Moms on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/979344492486725

 

 

Follow Wall of Moms on Twitter (again, this is the Portland, Oregon group):

@WallofMoms

 

 

Follow Bev Barnum, a founder of Wall of Moms, on Twitter:

@SocialDesignHI

 

 

Follow @WallofDads, Portland’s @PDXDadPod, and the #WallofDads hashtag to see what the Dad protesters are doing.

 

 

What follows is a list of Twitter handles for other Wall of Moms chapters across America, as of July 22, 2020.

 

 

Chicago, Illinois:

@WallofMomsChi

 

 

New York City, New York:

@WallofMoms_NYC

 

 

St. Louis, Missouri:

@StlWom

 

 

Denver, Colorado:

@wallofmomsden

 

 

Washington, D.C.:

@wallofmomsdc

 

 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

@PhillyMomBloc

 

 

North Carolina (appears to be state-wide):

@WallofMomsNC

 

 

Michigan (again, appears to be state-wide):

@WOMforMI

 

 

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Follow Chris David, aka Captain Portland, on Twitter, and Donate to His GoFundMe for Street Medics Who Serve Portland Protesters

Follow Chris David, aka Captain Portland, on Twitter, and donate to the GoFundMe he started for street medics who are ministering to protesters in Portland.

 

The name Chris David and the moniker Captain Portland may not mean anything to you, but if you’ve followed the news out of Portland, Oregon lately, you’ve seen this guy.

 

He was the one who approached federal officers during a protest in Portland in late July in hopes of talking with them.

 

He got a face full of mace and a broken hand for his troubles. Still didn’t stop him from flipping the double bird at the goons, though.

 

Yeah, he’s THAT guy. Oh, and he’s 53, btw. Dude is awesome and apparently made of mace-impervious titanium or something.

 

Unsurprisingly, David became something of an Internet celebrity after the encounter.

 

He’s using his fame to direct funds to Portland street medics, who bandaged him up.

 

As of late July 2020, the GoFundMe he launched for Portland street medics was gratifyingly close to its $30,000 goal. Any excess will go to street medics in other cities as well as food banks.

 

 

Donate to David’s GoFundMe:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/CAPTPDXfundraiser?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet

 

 

Follow Chris David on Twitter:

@Tazerface16

 

 

Follow the street medic who tended to him after he was attacked:

@peyhubbard

 

 

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Help Protesters in Portland, Oregon by Contributing to This Bail Fund

Help protesters in Portland, Oregon by contributing to a local bail fund.

 

This is the first of a series of posts we’ll do about the summer 2020 Black Lives Matter protests in Portland. As of late July, Trump has dispatched federal forces to the area, insisting that it’s out of control. (Spoiler alert: They’re just protesting, aka exercising their First Amendment rights. Some are spraying graffiti on federal buildings.)

 

It will surprise you not at all to learn that the arrival of federal forces prompted yet more Portlandians to join the protests.

 

When cops feel offended, folks get arrested. Arrested people need bail.

 

Naturally enough, Portland has a bail fund.

 

It’s called the PDX Defense Fund. Please donate if you can.

 

The PDX Defense Fund’s handles on both Venmo and the Cash App is:

 

@DEFENSEFUNDPDX

 

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The FEC End-of-month Campaign Donation Deadline is One Week from Today

Headsup: The FEC monthly campaign donation deadline for July 2020 is one week from today.

 

Giving you this headsup because quarterly donation hauls matter to candidates, and as the 2020 election approaches, monthly donation deadlines gain importance.

 

These monthly deadlines doesn’t just matter to presidential candidates, either. They also matter to House and Senate candidates who are running for, or defending, seats this fall.

 

Quarterly donation totals matter most to big donors, but so, too, do monthly donations once we arrive in an election year.

 

If you can only afford to give at the end of fiscal quarters, carry on with that. But if you can give monthly for the next few months, please do.

 

Aim to give before midnight on July 31. Your money is extra-magical then.

 

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Think: What Three Things Are Most Important to You?

This OTYCD entry originally posted in January 2017.

 

A lot has happened since the inauguration. Too much, really. And that’s just what Trump and his minions have done or tried to do–that doesn’t even get into the misinformation that’s been floating around, and the various calls to action that are well-intentioned but wrong.

 

You can’t stay on top of everything. It’s physically impossible. Don’t beat yourself up for not being able to stay on top of everything. (Can you imagine all the stuff we at OTYCD have to let go, in the interest of limiting ourselves to one post a day?) You need to conserve your energy for what you are best-equipped to fight.

 

You need to sit down and figure out which three things are most important to you.

 

Is it fighting the effects of climate change?

Protecting access to abortion?

Pushing back against voter suppression?

Upholding the rule of law?

Defending net neutrality?

First Amendment issues?

Keeping public schools strong?

Defending laws that safeguard our air and our water?

Supporting protestors?

Doing your damndest to make sure that black lives matter?

Sheltering and assisting immigrants?

Protecting LBGTQ rights?

Stopping the government from selling public lands for a pittance?

Upholding the Paris agreement?

Standing up for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities?

Defending Obamacare?

Resisting cuts to Medicare and Medicaid?

Fighting attacks on American muslims?

Defending and extending mental health care services?

Protecting the rights of the disabled?

Undoing the damage of gerrymandering?

 

…those are just some that leap to mind. We cut eighteen more, and we probably didn’t name at least three dozen that matter to you.

 

But that’s the point. It’s worth sitting down and list as many political topics as you can. Then go through them and figure out which three matter most to you.

 

Embrace those three. Learn all you can about them. Become an expert.

 

Do something every day to advance at least one of the three. Rotate through them so that your attention to each balances out over time.

 

Trust that others will step up and cover the rest of the things that matter to you.

 

Fight for your three things as doggedly as you want others to fight for what you had to relinquish for sanity’s sake.

 

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Are You Registered to Vote? Are You Sure? Better Check.

This OTYCD post has appeared multiple times on the site, and will appear at least once a month until it’s obsolete for 2020. 

 

Are you registered to vote? Are you sure? Like, sure-sure? Hmmm, better check anyway, just to be safe, ahead of the November 3, 2020 vote.

 

You can’t vote in the 2020 primaries or the general election without being registered to vote.

 

Unfortunately, the GOP has gotten into the lousy habit of purging people from voter rolls as a strategy for maintaining power. Maybe not in your home state, but certainly in states they control.

 

If you’re in a Republican-controlled state, or you’re in a 2020 swing state, you might want to check your voter registration periodically in the lead-up to the primaries and the general election in fall 2020.

 

Here’s how to confirm your voter registration status.

 

If you haven’t yet registered, and you’re eligible, here’s how to register to vote. A total of 38 states, plus the District of Columbia, allow you to register to vote online.

 

The broad information on how to register to vote and how to check if you’re still registered comes from USA.gov.

 

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Support The Lincoln Project, a Group of Never Trump Republicans and Ex-Republicans Who Are Determined to Defeat Trump This Fall

This OTYCD post originally appeared in March 2020. Rerunning it now, and will carry on rerunning it periodically, because The Lincoln Project are relentless in poking the Bear That Is Trump and hoo boy, they never shy away from poking him directly in the ego. They post new anti-Trump ads often. It’s worth checking out and sharing their work. 

 

Support The Lincoln Project, a group of never-Trump Republicans and ex-Republicans who have made it their mission to defeat Trump this fall. 

 

We at OTYCD have consistently asked you to consider, and check out, various and sundry folks who we consider sane Republicans.

 

We do this because we know that when it comes to beating Trump, the bigger the coalition, the better. We don’t have to agree with someone 100 percent before we will join forces with them on a specific topic or task.

 

The Lincoln Project combines the efforts of pretty much every never-Trumper of note out there–some you know, some you’ve never heard of.

 

Invoking the name and legacy of the greatest Republican president ever, Abraham Lincoln, the folks behind The Lincoln Project have dedicated themselves to sending Trump packing.

 

From their mission statement: “We do not undertake this task lightly nor from ideological preference. Our many policy differences with national Democrats remain. However, the priority for all patriotic Americans must be a shared fidelity to the Constitution and a commitment to defeat those candidates who have abandoned their constitutional oaths, regardless of party. Electing Democrats who support the Constitution over Republicans who do not is a worthy effort.”

 

One of the ways they choose to fight back is with devastating ads that target GOP Senators who are up for re-election, as well as the actions of Trump himself.

 

While you might not support individual members of The Lincoln Project (and heck, you might absolutely hate some of them), its efforts are worth checking out and encouraging.

 

Obligatory warning, with apologies for bonking you all on the head about this fact: The people who founded The Lincoln Project, and are active in it, hold at least some political beliefs that don’t match yours. That means that sometimes, some of them will say things and do things that might piss you off well and thoroughly. Hell, one of them might have said something bizarre, distasteful, or damn near unspeakable just last week, possibly. That’s ok. Really, it’s OK. You’re being asked to look at what The Lincoln Project is doing and support what you like, not endorse every last little everything that it and each and every one of its members does. The Lincoln Project was launched because its creators understand the danger of Trump–that’s the key thing. One of the reasons this country is so borked right now is we’re fiercely polarized and, in avoiding jerks who disagree with us, we end up avoiding decent people who happen to disagree with us. That’s got to stop if we want to make things better.

 

 

See the main page for The Lincoln Project:

https://lincolnproject.us

 

 

See the op-ed, authored by four members of The Lincoln Project, which was published in the New York Times:

https://lincolnproject.us/news/the-urgency-of-defeating-trump-falls-to-all-of-us/

 

 

Donate to The Lincoln Project:

https://secure.anedot.com/the-lincoln-project/donate

 

 

Like The Lincoln Project on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/thelincolnproject.us

 

 

Follow The Lincoln Project on Twitter:

@ProjectLincoln

 

 

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Help Journalist Linda Tirado, Who Was Blinded in One Eye While Covering Protests in Minneapolis

Editor’s note: We’re re-running this story so soon after the original posting because Tirado has started receiving hospital bills for her post-injury care, and they are substantial.

 

You can donate through Paypal:

https://www.paypal.me/riseandbeheard

 

Or Venmo:

Linda-tirado-3

 

Help journalist Linda Tirado, aka @KillerMartinis, who was blinded in her left eye while covering protests in Minneapolis on Friday, May 29, 2020.

 

First, an apology. We at OTYCD have been meaning to write a post about Tirado for, oooh, over a year, at least. She understands how to report about the realities of poverty like few journalists do.

 

We held off because we wanted whoever wrote the post to have read Tirado’s book, Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America, and offer a book review while telling you how awesome she is.

 

But we wanted to make sure we paid full price for her book, and OTYCD has no budget, and Trumpstuff kept happening and kept happening and kept happening, and we just never got to it.

 

So we’re sorry, deeply sorry, that we’re doing our first post on Linda Tirado because she was hurt while covering the Minneapolis protests. She believes she was struck by a rubber bullet that launched from where police had been at the time.

 

Protesters helped her get out and get to a hospital. Doctors tell her she is likely to permanently lose sight in her left eye.

 

Tirado was one of several journalists who were injured by police during protests of deadly police brutality in late May, 2020. She appears to be the most badly injured of those who suffered attacks.

 

In true Linda Tirado fashion, she live-tweeted the aftermath of the incident through her @KillerMartinis account, staying bracingly true and darkly funny all the while:

 

 

So me and this nurse have gotten into a gallows humor contest to see which is worse, a nurse or a journo I think since I’m the one with the exploded eye I win by default

 

Guys I just realized that now I have like an unbeatable excuse to refuse to parallel park

 

Up side, I do not have the plague, they tested me for covid and that wouldn’t have happened otherwise. Fucked world where I’m like “well they might have exploded my eyeball but at least it got me basic medical care!”

 

Okay because people are awful and we can’t even take a day off it comes to my attention that some folks are using my injury to argue that people should stop protesting Fuck that, stay in the streets double for me, cause I can’t. It was police who shot me, not protesters.

 

It was protesters who got me to the hospital, who gave me medical supplies and acted as my eyes when I couldn’t see past the blood and swelling I am not your establishment’s argument. And I am happy to tell you so directly.

 

No worries, I’ve been back at work for five hours now My job is to witness and they only got my left eye. My right one is good to go

 

 

Tirado is a fine journalist, amazing on Twitter, and hugely generous, helping folks out by soliciting donations online.

 

She needs us now. Her medical bills must be high already, and we’re guessing she’ll need more surgery in the future.

 

 

So! Please, sign on to her Patreon:

https://www.patreon.com/bootstrap/posts

 

 

Buy Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America, preferably from an independent bookstore:

https://www.strandbooks.com/product/9780399171987?title=hand_to_mouth_living_in_bootstrap_america

 

Follow Linda Tirado on Twitter:

@KillerMartinis

 

…and boost her work wherever and however you can. Ask your library to acquire her book. Share her tweets. Share her work.

 

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FWIW, we put up the Twitter logo rather than a photo of Linda Tirado for a bunch of reasons. We don’t want to use a post-injury hospital photo because it’ll stay on top of this post forever, and we don’t want it to “stand for” her and be the way you “meet” her. And the portrait photos she uploaded to Patreon and Twitter are too small to scrape. If a good, larger image of her appears, we’ll swap it in.

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Support Spread the Vote, Which Helps Citizens Obtain IDs

This OTYCD entry originally posted in July 2017.

 

Support Spread the Vote, an organization that helps citizens access the ballot by obtaining IDs that their states require.

 

Republicans have noticed that they are more likely to win when fewer voters turn out. For this reason, they have embraced anti-democratic (small d) moves such as placing restrictions and qualifications on access to the ballot. Requiring prospective voters to present specific forms of identification is a favorite of theirs.

 

Voter ID laws suck, and they constitute the modern version of a poll tax. It hits the poor, the working class, the elderly, the young, and minorities particularly hard.

 

Some lack the documents they need to obtain ID, and cannot muster the money needed to hunt down those documents. Some can’t get the time off work to stand in line at City Hall or the DMV to straighten things out. Some are college students, whose college IDs are not generally accepted, and who receive conflicting information about where they can vote (home or on campus).

 

Enter Spread the Vote. Its mission is to help people get the documents they need to access the ballot. According to its numbers, 21 million people lack a government-issued photo ID, and 31 states require some form of ID to vote.

 

By helping Spread the Vote, you help expand the pool of eligible voters and defeat bullshit obstacles thrown up by Republicans who find it easier to frustrate citizens rather than develop ideas and policies that people would want to vote for.

 

Spread the Vote is and has conducted state-specific projects in Virginia and Georgia, but its scope is nation-wide. Please encourage their good work in whatever manner you can.

 

 

See Spread the Vote’s webpage:

https://www.spreadthevote.org

 

 

Ask for its help with obtaining an ID so you can vote:

https://www.spreadthevote.org/vote/

 

 

Volunteer for Spread the Vote:

https://www.spreadthevote.org/volunteer/

 

 

Like it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/SpreadTheVoteUS

 

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@SpreadTheVoteUS

 

 

Donate to Spread the Vote:

https://secure.squarespace.com/commerce/donate?donatePageId=58727f25f7e0ab8a674b88bb

 

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Take a Break Every Now and Again. It’ll Help You Stop Trump.

This OTYCD entry originally posted in June 2017. It’s an old favorite, and it appears on our page devoted to The Most Important Thing You Can Do. We are reposting it periodically as a reminder that you can, and should, take a break from the news while you are obeying lockdown/self-isolation/quarantine during COVID-19. Do you need our formal dispensation to step away from the news and everywhere you receive it? Then you have it, here, and now. Step away. Exercise. Play a board game or a video game. Read a book or watch a movie that has nothing whatsoever to do with politics. Rest up. You’ve got to stay here to carry on the fight

 

For your own sanity’s sake, plan periodic breaks from fighting Trump and his ilk.

 

With so much going on, it might be tough to convince yourself to step away and rest. But you must if you want to fight Trump and the Republicans effectively. No, really. You’ve heard people say ‘This is a marathon, not a sprint’? It’s not a bunch of yap-yap. You can’t go the distance if you don’t slow down to grab some water every now and again.

 

You need to sit yourself down and plan these respites, and you need to commit to them. Blocking out one day a week where you disengage from the news and from social media to do something you like–be it hiking, knitting, reading, hanging out with friends, or binge-watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer–put it on your calendar and don’t talk yourself out of it.

 

If you’re having trouble giving yourself permission to take one day off a week, then let us at OTYCD tell it to you straight:

 

 

“We, your friends at the One Thing You Can Do blog, are telling you, our faithful reader, to unplug and chill out completely once a week. We are giving you formal permission to do so.”

 

 

Print it out and tape it to your mirror, or your computer monitor, or staple it to your forehead–whatever it takes to get through to you.

 

 

If you won’t listen to OTYCD on this, follow Jen Hofmann on Twitter and subscribe to her Weekly Activism Checklist newsletter. She’s a fire-breathing evangelist for self-care.

 

Follow Jen Hofmann on Twitter:

@inspiredjen

 

 

Sign up for her Weekly Activism Checklist:

Americans of Conscience Checklist

 

 

Like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Jennifer-Hofmann-463228547169366/

 

 

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