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Join Showing Up for Racial Justice and Become a Better Ally

Join Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), a group that encourages and organizes white people to dismantle white supremacy and move America toward actual racial equality.

This OTYCD story originally ran in February 2019. Click to read:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2019/02/10/join-showing-up-for-racial-justice-and-become-a-better-ally/

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Sign Up for a Health Insurance Plan at Healthcare.gov During a Special Enrollment Period Announced by President Biden

Sign up for a health insurance plan at Healthcare.gov during a special enrollment period announced by President Biden.

We originally published this OTYCD story in mid-February, after Biden announced it. We will re-run the story at least once a month until the special enrollment period ends on May 15, 2021.

Read the story here:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2021/02/16/sign-up-for-a-health-insurance-plan-at-healthcare-gov-during-a-special-enrollment-period-president-biden-just-announced/

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Learn Who Your Secretary of State Is

Learn who your current Secretary of State is–the person who is usually responsible for overseeing elections.

Sure, you know who represents you in Congress and in your state legislature. But there are other elected state officials who affect your life.

The Secretary of State (a job title that’s styled as “Secretary of the Commonwealth” in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia) should get more attention.

As of January 2020, a total of 40 Secretaries of State also serve as the Chief State Election Official–the person who oversees elections.

As with United States Governors, these officials have their own organization: the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS).

And as with the governors, the NASS website maintains a page that displays the photographs of all current Secretaries of State, along with information about each.

It doesn’t offer capsule biographies but it does identify which Secretaries of State also oversee their state’s elections.

The page also gives public contact information for each official.

See the current list of serving Secretaries of State, as featured on the dedicated NASS page:

https://www.nass.org/membership

Bookmark the page to find your own Secretary of State, and to find those of your chosen Swing State and Red State.

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Learn If You Have Local Off-Year Elections

Learn if you have local off-year elections.

Is 2021 an off-year for elections? That might not be true for you on the local level.

When we say “the local level”, we mean elected offices such as the mayor, city council members, planning board, school board, and the like.

Finding out what’s going on is harder than finding out what’s going on at the federal and the state level. You have to look to local resources, and local resources will vary. It will require some work on your part.

You can find out by searching the archives of your local newspaper for phrases such as “2019 <city or town name> election” and see if results come back.

You can try calling the electoral office at your city or town hall or pulling up its website.

Your municipal library’s help desk might be able to tell you, too.

Check the directory at Run for Something, searching on your home state, and see what comes back:

https://directory.runforsomething.net/candidates/

If you have no off-year elections in 2021, consider getting involved with Democratic candidates for the state legislatures in Virginia or New Jersey.

And if you do have elections? You know what to do.

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Learn Who Your State Attorney General Is

Learn who your state attorney general (AG) is.

Your AG is the most important legal authority in your state.

He or she enters lawsuits on your behalf, including high-profile ones such as efforts to stop the Trump administration from removing Obama-era health care protections from LGBTQ patients; suing the United States Postal Service to reverse changes made by Postmaster Louis DeJoy; and suing Facebook to break up its monopoly on social media.

It’s a good idea to know who your state AG is.

Just like current U.S. governors and secretaries of state, the state AGs have their own organization: the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG).

It maintains a page that shows photographs of all current state AGs. Clicking on an AG’s picture takes you to a biography of the person, along with their office street address, phone number, and website link.

See the state AGs page on the NAAG site:

Bookmark the page to easily look up your own state AG, as well as the state AGs of your chosen Swing State and Red State.

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Learn Who Your State Governor Is

Who’s the current governor of your state? Visit this website and find out.

There’s an organization for everything, and sitting United States governors have their own.

It’s called (imagine a drum roll here) the National Governors Association (NGA).

The NGA has done us all a service by listing and providing pictures of all current governors in the United States, in alphabetical order.

See every governor of the United States of America here:

If you click on a governor, you’ll go to a page that gives you a capsule biography that includes how long they’ve served in office; their birth date; name of their spouse; their party affiliation, and their public contact information–phone number, website, etc.

Bookmark the page to find your own governor, and the governors of the Swing State and the Red State that you choose to adopt.

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Help Georgia Senator Rev. Raphael Warnock Win Re-election in 2022

Help Georgia Senator Rev. Raphael Warnock win re-election in 2022.

Remember Rev. Raphael Warnock? He and Jon Ossoff were all that OTYCD talked about between the November 2020 election and early January 2021, and that’s not an exaggeration. Almost every post we ran in that timeframe focused on helping the two win their Senate runoffs, and hooray! They both did.

But there’s a bit of a catch. Like his Democratic Senate colleague Mark Kelly of Arizona, Warnock succeeded in a special election that awarded him control of a Senate seat for two years. Warnock is due to run again in 2022.

The aftermath of the November 2020 elections made it clear that we were right to fear that democracy itself was on the line. Our votes preserved it, but our Congressional victories aren’t as robust as we need them to be.

If the Republicans win the House of Representatives in 2022, they won’t just shut down President Joe Biden’s agenda, they’ll try to impeach him. And if we lose just one Senate seat in 2022–just one!–the chamber falls into the reptilian clutches of Mitch McConnell again.

If you are from Georgia, please put Rev. Raphael Warnock in your Core Four Plus for 2022 now.

See our story on the Core Four Plus concept: https://onethingyoucando.com/2021/02/04/think-about-your-core-four-plus-four-dems-plus-a-voting-rights-org-to-support-in-2022/

If you aren’t from Georgia, but can afford to donate to Warnock’s campaign, please make a monthly commitment. If you can’t give monthly, aim to give quarterly in March, June, September, and December. Warnock’s ActBlue link is here:

https://secure.actblue.com/entity/fundraisers/93172

If you can adopt Georgia as your Home State or Swing State under the Home State, Swing State, Red State strategy we at OYTCD have talked about, please do.

Also please see and bookmark the OTYCD Georgia Resources page, which includes several organizations that helped Warnock win in January 2021. They are readying to help him again come 2022.

If you can’t do any of those things for whatever reason, you can at minimum follow and boost Warnock on social media.

See Warnock’s official Senate webpage:

https://www.senate.gov/senators/117thCongress/warnock-raphael.htm

See Warnock’s campaign site, which includes volunteer and donation links:

warnockforgeorgia.com

Like Warnock on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/reverendwarnock/

Follow Warnock on Twitter:

@ReverendWarnock

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Support No Dem Left Behind, An Organization Devoted to Electing Democrats in Deep Red Districts

Support No Dem Left Behind, an organization that’s devoted to electing Democrats running for office in deep red parts of the country.

OTYCD first ran this story in August 2020. Read it here:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2020/08/11/support-no-dem-left-behind-an-organization-devoted-to-electing-democrats-in-deep-red-districts/

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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.

This OTYCD story originally ran in November 2020. Read it here:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2020/11/14/plan-your-2022-fund-for-both-time-and-money/

Rerunning this now in honor of the late Carol Lindeen, a Wisconsin woman who passed away in January 2021 at the age of 81 and asked, in her obituary, that “in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Ron Johnson’s opponent in 2022.”

Read a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story about her last wish:

https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2021/03/02/wisconsin-obituary-asks-donations-ron-johnsons-2022-opponent-in-lieu-of-flowers/6881568002/

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Learn Who Your State-level Elected Representatives Are, and What Bills They’re Discussing, With the Open States Search Tool

Learn who your state-level elected representatives are, and the bills they’re discussing, with the Open States search tool.

One of the good things that came from the Trump era was a general increase in interest in how the government worked, or failed to, on all levels–federal, state, and local.

The Open States project originated in 2009 but only recently gained the attention it has long deserved.

It offers must-bookmark tools that help you identify who your state-level legislators are and help you track legislation moving through the state’s Congress.

Knowing what’s happening at the state level was always important and it has only grown more important in the wake of the 2020 election. Republicans have steadily focused on winning elected office at all levels, no matter how seemingly insignificant or obscure, and those wins have helped them pursue the goal of slowly, steadily shifting the country further to the right, even as the American electorate disagrees with many right-wing policies and expresses support for seemingly left-wing policies in poll after poll.

Republicans are using their powers to try to pass bills that would cripple voting rights in their home states. In January 2021, the Brennan Center reported that 28 state legislatures had introduced more than 100 bills that would stomp on their citizens’ ability to access the ballot box.

Cites: https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/02/politics/voting-rights-state-legislation/index.html

The state legislators who represent you might be among those who are pushing these noxious bills.

If you phone or email them to tell them you support or oppose their votes on specific state-level bills, your efforts will have an effect. Reading OTYCD makes you more politically active than most. A vanishingly small group of people are able to name their state-level legislators, and even fewer tell them how they feel about live legislation moving through the state Congress.

So! Your task today is to bookmark Open States and use its search tool to find your state legislators. It’s on the right of the page at this link:

https://openstates.org

Once you know who they are and how to phone them, pull up the January 2021 Brennan Center report on voting rights, read the report, and see if your state is one of the 28 with legislatures attempting to restrict the right to vote:

https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/voting-laws-roundup-january-2021

Sometimes the Brennan Center report cites chambers and numbers for specific state bills. In other places, it just names a state. Point being, you might need to use Open States’s Search & Track Legislation tool to unearth bills moving through your state Congress that intend to curb voting rights. You might need to plug the words “voting” or “elections” into the search engine to find relevant bills. The legislation tool is at this link and appears on the left:

https://openstates.org

If your state-level elected representatives are Republicans who are sponsoring or supporting anti-voting rights bills, call them and tell them you are not happy about that.

If your state-level elected representatives are Democrats who have introduced or supported new bills that would protect and expand voting rights, call them and say “Thank you! You’re doing what I want you to do.”

Then, if you can spare the funds, run their names through ActBlue, see if they’re listed, and give them a donation. Consider if you can donate to them on a monthly basis.

Periodically use Open States to pull up the names of your state reps and see what bills they’re championing. Call them to say “thank you, more like this, please” or “hey, I don’t like that one bit, please stop” as needed.

When you can, use the legislation tracker to search on words related to topics that matter to you: free speech, abortion, public schools, gun control, natural resources, etc. If you find a bill you like, ask your reps to vote for it. If you find a bill you hate, ask them to vote no.

See the main Open States page, which is the same link we’ve directed you to for the search tools:

https://openstates.org

Subscribe to the Open States newsletter:

https://cdn.forms-content.sg-form.com/b8d934d4-7b67-11ea-a680-1a7f462d56d4

Read the Open States About page:

https://openstates.org/about/

Learn how you can help Open States and its efforts:

https://openstates.org/about/contributing/

Read about how Open States has joined Civic Eagle:

https://blog.openstates.org/open-states-joins-civic-eagle/

Follow Open States on Twitter:

@openstates

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