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Support 314 Action, Which Helps Elect STEM Candidates to Office

This OTYCD entry originally posted in August 2017.

 

Support 314 Action, a nonprofit that helps get people with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) backgrounds elected to office, and advocates for laws founded on solid science and evidence-based reasoning.

 

One of the most obnoxious and infuriating aspects of Trump’s election, and of the modern Republican party, is its aggressive contempt for science and reason. 314 Action exists to combat that. (Yes, 314 is a reference to Pi.) It aims to get people with STEM experience elected to Congress, it supports laws that reflect and respect scientific knowledge. 314 Action also calls out members of Congress and high-ranking officials who undermine or flout the facts.

 

See the 314 Action home page:

http://www.314action.org/home/

 

Learn about its mission:

http://www.314action.org/mission-1

 

Sign up to volunteer for 314 Action:

http://go.314action.org/page/s/takeaction

 

Run for office with the help of 314 Action:

http://go.314action.org/page/s/run

 

Learn about incumbent pro-science members of Congress:

http://www.314action.org/stem-trailblazers-1/

 

Read a story from The Atlantic about how 314 Action is helping doctors run for Congress:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/05/congress-the-doctors-will-see-you-now/527244/

 

Follow 314 Action on Twitter:

@314action

 

Like it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/314Action/

 

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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Follow Obama’s White House Photographer, Pete Souza, on Instagram

This OTYCD entry originally posted in July 2017.

 

Follow Pete Souza, President Obama’s former White House photographer, on Instagram.

 

Normally we at One Thing You Can Do don’t bother recommending social media accounts beyond Twitter and Facebook. We don’t want to overtax you, and we don’t want to make you feel like you have to sign up for everygoddamnsocialmediaplatform ever spawned.

 

Pete Souza is forcing us to make an exception.

 

Souza’s Instagram account is a thing of beauty, and not just because he’s a top-notch photographer. He has a deep bench of photos from the Obama administration and boy, does he know how to use them. The drollery of his trollery is exquisite.

 

When Trump was photographed smiling next to a sullen Pope Francis, Souza posted a 2016 image of the Pope beaming as he shook hands with Obama. When film of First Lady Melania Trump smacking Trump’s hand away went viral, Souza posted an undated photo of the Obamas nonchalantly holding hands, his wedding ring in clear view. When Trump trailed the G7 members in a golf cart, Souza posted an image of Obama striding with the G8 in 2010.

 

And that’s just what he served up over a five-day span in May! The shade this man throws on the regular is enough to shield all the coffee plantations in Brazil.

 

Souza’s Instagram account is a treat and a national treasure. It is worth signing up for Instagram specifically to follow it.

 

 

Follow Pete Souza on Instagram:

@petesouza

 

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Volunteer At a Rape Crisis Center or Sexual Assault Hotline

Volunteer at a rape crisis center or a sexual assault hotline.

 

Even before he was elected, Donald Trump caused dark memories to surface in the minds of victims of rape and sexual assault.

 

Since his election, things have been just as intense. The #MeToo movement has forced the downfall of prominent abusers such as Harvey Weinstein and encouraged victims who suffered at the hands of other high-profile men to speak out and seek justice.

 

The news about Rob Porter, who was employed by the White House and finally ousted once domestic abuse allegations came to light, added to the intensity.

 

Calls to rape crisis centers have spiked since late 2016 and remain high. If you can volunteer with a rape crisis center or a sexual abuse hotline, please consider it.

 

The best known is the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN). Founded in 1994 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., its National Sexual Assault Hotline takes calls around the clock and connects people with support services nearest to them. It also helps those who contact them online. To date, RAINN has assisted more than 2.5 million people.

 

If you can’t volunteer at a rape crisis center or a sexual assault hotline, consider donating   to RAINN or a RAINN partner crisis center in your area. You can also follow RAINN and local organizations on social media and spread awareness of their efforts.

 

 

Volunteer for RAINN’s online hotline:

https://www.rainn.org/articles/volunteer-national-sexual-assault-hotline

 

 

Volunteer with a RAINN partner crisis center near you:

https://volopps.rainn.org

 

 

If you are a sexual assault or rape victim who needs help, call the RAINN hotline:

800.656.4673

 

 

Those needing support can also access Rainn’s online hotline in English:

https://hotline.rainn.org/online/

 

…and Spanish:

https://rainn.org/es

 

 

If you are a sexual assault or rape victim serving in the military, you can contact the Department of Defense (DOD) Safe Helpline, also run by RAINN (scroll down for the full list of resources):

https://safehelpline.org/about

 

 

Donate to RAINN:

https://rainn.org/impact-your-gift-rainn

 

 

Like RAINN on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/RAINN01/

 

 

Follow RAINN on Twitter:

@RAINN

 

 

Read a November 2017 Washington Post article on the rise in calls to rape crisis centers as a result of Trump’s Access Hollywood tape, the #MeToo movement, and similar events:

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/calls-to-rape-crisis-centers-are-surging-amid-the-outpouring-of-sexual-assault-allegations/2017/11/22/3d0bec6a-ce12-11e7-9d3a-bcbe2af58c3a_story.html?utm_term=.6b57e3bd3614

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Support Doctors Against Trump, Which Boosts Progressive Physicians Who Are Running for Office

Support Doctors Against Trump, an organization that endorses progressive physicians who are running for office at the federal, state, and local levels.

 

The election of Donald Trump had at least one good effect–it jolted countless numbers of people who are far, far better human beings than him to become more politically active.

 

Doctors are chief among them. Clinicians for Progressive Care (CPC) is exactly what it says it is–a group of clinicians who support progressive-minded health care.

 

That means universal access to high-quality care that’s respectfully dispensed to everyone, regardless of race, religion, gender, and immigration status. It also means supporting well-designed medical research.

 

CPC endorses physician-candidates who embrace these values. To the delight of those at OTYCD, several people we’ve featured in check-out-this-candidate posts made the CPC cut, including Kyle Horton, Jason Westin, Christine Eady Mann, and Allison Galbraith.

 

 

See the CPC homepage:

https://www.cliniciansforprogressivecare.com

 

 

Donate to CPC:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/jdfkjshdfjkabsdfhuiewhgriugtw78erifbsig

 

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@MDsAgainstTrump

 

 

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Read How to Culture Jam a Populist in Four Easy Steps

Read Andrés Miguel Rondón’s How to Culture Jam a Populist in Four Easy Steps, a summary of what he and his Venezuelan compatriots learned about pushing back against Hugo Chavez.

 

We at OTYCD devoted an earlier blog post to how Italians finally defeated Silvio Berlusconi. Rondón and his country went through a similar struggle against Chavez. We apologize for being so late to draw your attention to Rondón’s piece, which appeared on Inauguration Day.

 

Rondón’s four steps boil down to:

 

Don’t forget who the enemy is. Under Trump, that means you, yes, you, the fine, smart, upstanding, honest person reading this blog. MAGA-heads draw their strength from demonizing us. “Your focus has to be on erase the cartoon you’ve been drawn into. Scrambling it. Undermining it.” For concrete examples of how to scramble and undermine the image that MAGA-heads have pressed upon us, you’ll need to see point four, but bear with Rondón and keep reading.

 

Show no contempt. If they succeed in demonizing us, that keeps the country polarized. If the country wasn’t so damn polarized, Trump couldn’t have the sway that he does. Don’t take this to mean that you shouldn’t express anger at how corrupt, vulgar, and stupid Trump is–just vent it in a private sphere, like a closed Facebook page populated by friends, and don’t waste your time trying to use these facts to get people on your side. Hillary Clinton tried that, with an audience of 84 million watching live. Fat lot of good it did her.

 

Don’t try to force him out. Granted, this is mitigated by an ever-growing mound of evidence that Trump committed any number of impeachment-worthy crimes, but stay clear of the investigators and let them do their work without any overt cheerleading or brickbats from you. “The people on the other side, and crucially Independents, will rebel against you if you look like you’re losing your mind,” Rondón writes. “Worst of all, you will have proved yourself to be the very thing you’re claiming to be fighting against: an enemy of democracy.”

 

Find a counter-argument. (No, not the one you think.) As we said above, pressing the case for how patently awful Trump is will cut no ice because it didn’t cut enough ice at the ballot box. “The problem is tribal. Your challenge is to prove that you belong in the same tribe as them: that you are American in exactly the same way they are,”  Rondón writes. “It took our leaders ten years to figure out they needed to actually go to the slums and to the countryside. And not for a speech, or a rally, but for game of dominoes or to dance salsa – to show they were Venezuelans too, that they had tumbao and could hit a baseball, could tell a joke that landed. That they could break the tribal divide, come down off the billboards and show they were real. And no, this is not populism by other means. It is the only way of establishing your standing. It’s deciding not to live in an echo chamber. To press pause on the siren song of polarization.

 

You will not find that pause button in the cities or the university’s campuses. You will find it precisely where you’re not expected.

Only then will your message land.”

 

In other words, leave your house and engage with unlike minds in person. Yeah, yeah, we know, but c’mon, do you want four more years of this crap?

 

Read How to Culture Jam a Populist in Four Easy Steps:

https://www.caracaschronicles.com/2017/01/20/culturejam/

 

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Support the Military Religious Freedom Foundation

Support the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), which defends the first amendment rights of military personnel against coercion by fundamentalists of all stripes.

Michael “Mikey” Weinstein founded the MRFF in 2005 with the aim of combatting extremists, usually Christians, who attempt religious intimidation against military colleagues who do not share their views. It has assisted more than 50,000 active duty military, about 96 percent of whom identify as Christian. The remaining four percent comprise adherents of other faiths, or profess no faith. The MRFF has pursued legal action against the Pentagon and the Secretary of Defense on behalf of military plaintiffs who have been wronged by the actions of overly aggressive fundamentalist Christians.

The MRFF’s mission statement includes these tenets, among others:

  • No religion or religious philosophy may be advanced by the United States Armed Forces over any other religion or religious philosophy.
  • No member of the United States Armed Forces may be compelled in any way to conform to a particular religion or religious philosophy.
  • No member of the United States Armed Forces may be compelled in any way to witness or engage in any religious exercise.
  • No member of the military may be compelled to endure unwanted religious proselytization, evangelization or persuasion of any sort in a military setting and/or by a military superior or civilian employee of the military.
  • The full exercise of religious freedom includes the right not to subscribe to any particular religion or religious philosophy. The so-called “unchurched” cede no Constitutional rights by want of their separation from organized faith.

 

Visit the MRFF website:

https://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org

 

Like MRFF founder Mikey Weinstein on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/MikeyMRFF

 

Follow him on Twitter:

@MikeyWeinstein

 

Donate to the MRFF:

https://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/make-a-donation/

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Self-advocacy 101: Find Your Congressional Representatives

FWIW: This is the first-ever post to OTYCD, uploaded on January 7, 2017.

 

Before you can start pushing back against Trump, you need to know who represents you in Congress.

 

Find out who your Congressional representatives are by plugging your zip code and your state into this web site:

http://whoismyrepresentative.com/

 

This web site is better for learning who stands for you in the House of Representatives (plug in your zip code and it will narrow the choices to two. The name that seems more familiar to you is probably your House rep):

http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

 

Once you have pinned down your two Senators and your House Rep, pull up their web pages. Scroll to the bottom. If their offices aren’t listed there, go to the Contact page and find them.

 

Pick the state office that is closest to you (*NOT the Washington D.C. one).

Find the phone number for that office.

Put it in your phone.

Repeat for your other two representatives.

Done!

 

* You can put the Washington, D.C. numbers in your phone, but call them last. You are far more likely to reach a real person if you call the district offices.

 

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