Postcard Campaigns · Thank You Actions

Subscribe to Postcards from Kate

Subscribe to Postcards from Kate, a nonpartisan project devoted to thanking politicians, journalists, and other public figures who do the right thing.

 

We know you love mailing postcards. The organization Postcards from Kate scratches your postcard itch and lets you do good at the same time. From the PFK ‘About’ page (bold is theirs):

 

“Every day or once a week, we’ll email the names and mailing addresses of at least one person deserving of our wholehearted thanks for taking an action which reinforces or supports our progressive values. We believe in equal rights, access to healthcare, just and fair governance, and freedom. We don’t think any party owns American values. And we believe kindness is the best policy.

 

Postcards from Kate is named for Katharine Lee Bates, who wrote the song America the Beautiful.

 

Subscribe to the Postcards from Kate email list here:

https://www.postcardsfromkate.org

 

 

Read its “About” page:

https://www.postcardsfromkate.org/about-2/

 

 

Check out its free downloadable postcard designs:

https://www.postcardsfromkate.org/get-supplies/

 

 

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Community Activism · Stand Up for Civilization · Stand Up for Norms · Thank You Actions

Learn How to Help Military Families Thanks to Operation We Are Here

Learn how to help military families through the Operation We Are Here homepage–a detailed collection of resources for military families and those who want to show support.

 

Operation We Are Here is a gratifyingly broad and comprehensive collection of resources for military families, veterans, and people who want to ease their burden. It includes links and info on programs you’ve heard about and several you haven’t.

 

Its Toolkit page, which is aimed at people who want to help the enlisted, their families, and veterans, provides information about programs such as Free Cakes for Kids, which ensures that low-income military families with children don’t have to choose between spending their limited funds on a birthday cake or a birthday gift.

 

It also mentions Cleaning for Heroes, a nonprofit that provides free house-cleaning services to disabled or elderly veterans; several programs that train service animals for vets and the military; ways for lawyers to donate their legal services; a list of businesses run by veterans and military spouses; programs that help the military community vote; and a metric ton of programs that distribute used items–musical instruments, DVDs, cell phones, clothes, board games and video games, you name it–to military folk.

 

There’s an entire section of the site devoted to books of interest to the military community and its supporters, with subsections on PTSD, marriage, caregiving, veteran employment, and loss and grief.

 

And there’s a sidebar on the right of the webpage with seemingly acres of resources.

 

A note: The Operation We Are Here webpage is the project of a non-denominational Christian ministry, but the individual resources listed may or may not reflect the same Christian beliefs.

 

 

See the Operation We Are Here webpage:

http://www.operationwearehere.com/index.html

 

 

See its ‘About Me’ page, which includes a ‘Statement of Faith’:

http://www.operationwearehere.com/AboutUs.html

 

 

See its ‘Toolkit for Military Supporters’:

http://www.operationwearehere.com/Toolkit.html

 

 

See its ‘Book List for the Military Community and Supporters’:

http://www.operationwearehere.com/BookLists.html

 

 

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@OpWeAreHere

 

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https://www.facebook.com/OperationWeAreHere

Health Care

Support Medical Students for Choice

Support Medical Students for Choice (MSFC), a nonprofit that destigmatizes abortion by training medical students to do them.

One of the ways in which pro-life forces have tried to curtail access to abortion is by scaring medical students and residents away from learning how to perform them.

MSFC combats this on several fronts. It advocates to make abortion a standard part of the medical school curriculum; it hosts conferences; it has chapters at more than 200 medical schools around the world; and it educates almost 1,000 medical students in abortion and family planning annually.

 

Visit the MSFC web site:

https://www.msfc.org

 

Read its blog:

https://www.msfc.org/ourblog/

 

Read a December 2017 Guardian piece on the work of Medical Students for Choice:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/22/why-medical-students-are-practicing-abortions-on-papayas

 

Like its Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/MSFChoice/

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@MSFC

 

Donate to MSFC:

https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/MSFC

Uncategorized

Let Jane Elliott Open Your Eyes About Racism in America

Let Jane Elliott open your eyes about racism in America.

 

Elliott became an activist after Martin Luther King Jr., was assassinated in 1968. Shocked by the racist reactions she heard about King’s death, the elementary-school teacher designed an exercise for her young, white students in small-town Iowa that would show them what racism felt like.

 

She dubbed it the “Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes Exercise.” On day one, she showed blatant favoritism to the blue-eyed kids, giving them extra helpings at lunchtime and five extra minutes of recess. She treated the brown-eyed kids as African-Americans were treated then, forcing them to sit at the back of the class and barring them from using the same water fountain that the blue-eyed kids did. She spouted ridiculous arguments about blue-eyed superiority, and antagonized brown-eyed kids who complained about their treatment. Some blue-eyed kids became bossy and nasty to their brown-eyed peers.

 

The experiment seemed to affect how well the two groups did on tests and schoolwork. The “superior” kids did better and felt confident enough to attempt harder work. The “inferior” kids withdrew and did less well in class.

 

The next day, the two groups changed places. Then Elliott asked the kids to write about how the experiment made them feel.

 

Word got out about the Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes experiment. It led to an appearance on The Tonight Show, two books, and a 1970 ABC documentary, The Eye of the Storm, which spread the word further. Demand for lectures and diversity training workshops became so strong that Elliott left her public school career in the mid-1980s.

 

It should be said that academic analyses of the effects of Elliott’s experiment are mixed. It seems to show moderate success in reducing bigotry long-term, but it might not be enough to justify the trauma the experiment could inflict on its participants. (Elliott caught flak for doing the experiment with eight-year-olds rather than trying it on teenagers or adults.)

 

Regardless of whether the Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes experiment succeeds in making white people less racist, Elliott’s lectures can help you understand white privilege and push back against it.

 

 

See Jane Elliott’s homepage:

http://janeelliott.com/index.htm

 

 

See her recommended bibliography, which is a good place to get started with learning about white privilege and its effects. The list also includes titles that cover sexism, homophobia, ageism, anti-Semitism, and bigotry in general:

http://janeelliott.com/bibliography.htm

 

 

See her Lectures page to learn what programs she’s offering currently:

http://janeelliott.com/lectures.htm

 

 

Like her Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Jane-Elliott-123622045910/?ref=ts

 

 

Visit her online store to buy documentaries that feature her work, plus the top she often wears when lecturing, in t-shirt and sweatshirt versions:

https://shop.janeelliott.com/main.sc

 

 

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Community Activism · Health Care · Read, Educate Yourself, Prepare

Learn to Use a Tourniquet, and Carry One With You, Just In Case

Learn to use a tourniquet, and carry one with you, just in case.

 

Former Senator and full-time Republican fool Rick Santorum was deservedly smothered under a heap of scorn in March 2018 after suggesting that students should learn cardio-pulminary resuscitation (CPR) in case they found themselves and their friends under attack in a school shooting.

 

Several doctors slammed Santorum for obvious idiocy, but Jo Buyske, executive director of the American Board of Surgery, summed it up best in a tweet that said, “Mr. Santorum, CPR doesn’t work if all the blood is on the ground.”

 

Santorum’s underlying impulse wasn’t wrong. Knowing what to do in a borked situation can help you get through it. He just reached for the wrong solution.

 

The best way to stop all the blood from pooling on the ground is to apply a tourniquet. It’s a temporary solution that stops a victim from bleeding out before medical help can arrive.

 

Granted, a tourniquet can be as useless as CPR when a victim has been shot multiple times by an assailant wielding an AR-15. But someone who’s been wounded in an arm or a leg could live to tell the tale if someone ties on a tourniquet in time.

 

Applying a tourniquet is a skill that needs to be learned. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you can make things worse.

 

First, you need to purchase a tourniquet. The Combat Application Tourniquet (CAT) is well-regarded, as is the SOF Tactical Tourniquet-Wide (SOFTT-W). Both are available through Rescue Essentials.

 

 

The CAT:

https://www.rescue-essentials.com/combat-application-tourniquet-c-a-t-tactical-black-gen-7/

 

 

The SOFTT-W:

https://www.rescue-essentials.com/softt-w-generation-4-tourniquet/

 

 

Then you need to learn how to apply a tourniquet. Here’s a page from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) website, written by Dr. David R. King, who tended to victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing:

https://giving.massgeneral.org/tourniquet-use-instructions/

 

 

You can also review the instructions offered by Stop the Bleeding, a government-sponsored awareness campaign launched in 2015 to encourage everyday people to teach themselves how to handle a bleeding emergency before medical help arrives:

https://www.dhs.gov/stopthebleed

 

 

If you have a bit more to spend, you might consider a Concealed Carry Trauma Kit, which contains a tourniquet as well as a pair of gloves and a hemostatic agent–a substance that stops bleeding. The kit is designed to fit in a back pocket (hence the reference to ‘concealed carry’).

https://www.rescue-essentials.com/concealed-carry-trauma-kit/

 

 

Read about Rick Santorum making a damn fool of himself and getting flayed by doctors who know better:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/03/26/doctors-assure-rick-santorum-learning-cpr-wont-save-mass-shooting-victims/?utm_term=.0e9c26efa749

https://www.thedailybeast.com/doctors-slam-rick-santorum-for-suggesting-kids-learn-cpr-instead-of-protesting

 

 

Also, read an October 2017 WBUR interview with a volunteer from Stop the Bleeding on the power of the tourniquet:

http://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2017/10/18/tourniquet-blood-loss

 

 

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Good News

Follow the Merriam-Webster Dictionary on Twitter

For fun, follow the Merriam-Webster dictionary on Twitter, the unofficial dictionary of the Resistance.

 

Merriam-Webster has distinguished itself in the digital era by making deft and smart use of social media. It reacts to Trump and his team’s disregard for language and its meanings by defending both in smart, funny, sly tweets.

 

It also holds up a mirror to the wild, weird news of the Trump era by reporting which words people are looking up most often.

 

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Follow the Merriam-Webster dictionary on Twitter:

@MerriamWebster

 

Read about how the Merriam-Webster dictionary trolls Trump:

http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2017/01/26/511694558/the-merriam-webster-dictionary-has-been-trolling-trump-for-months

https://www.buzzfeed.com/jarrylee/14-times-the-merriam-webster-dictionary-was-shady-af?utm_term=.qwak4Pg35#.suWBy8vlW

 

Bonus profile of Merriam-Webster’s powers that be:

http://money.cnn.com/2017/01/26/news/merriam-webster-trump/

Elections · Vote with your Dollars

Donate to Your Favorite Candidate TODAY, When Your Money Works Magic

Donate to your favorite candidates TODAY, before the stroke of midnight, to give them an extra boost in their races.

 

On December 31, 2017, the sage Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter) alerted us to the power of donating on the last day of the calendar year:

 

Two things to remember for today: today is a critical FEC fundraising deadline for 2018 candidates, for obvious reasons. If you have a few dollars to share with your candidate of choice, do.

 

If you’re wondering why these deadlines are so critical: donations are a sign of a candidate’s viability, essentially. Because donations are public record, the more cash on hand a candidate has => the more other people are willing to donate.

 

and I have sat down in front of our computers and frantically refreshed to see how much $ our opposing candidates have had, and have used that to help determine the course of a race.

 

David Slack (@slack2thefuture) was thinking along the same lines in December 2017:

 

As you’ve probably noticed, there’s a big fundraising push going on right now from all the new Democratic challengers stepping up to take on Trump’s GOP in 2018. And here’s why:

 

There’s a Federal Election Commission fundraising deadline tonight. Candidates are evaluated based on how much they’ve raised and from how many donors — and that will determine how much support they from the party and others.

 

If we want a big in 2018, the work starts right now — and it starts with you. Here’s a list of great people who are ready to stand up to Trump & the GOP. Please give as much as you can to as many as you can — even a $1 or $5 monthly donation makes a difference.

 

After tweeting the names and handles of several 2018 candidates, he ended with:

 

We can do this. We must do this. But 2018 will not be a spectator sport. No one gets to sit on the sidelines. Step up, donate — your money, your time, & your voice are more powerful than you realize. is not futile.

 

Admittedly, 2019 is an off-year for elections. But elections will happen nonetheless. If you know of any candidates who will run who you want to support, give them money today. That goes double if your candidate is in the primary stage and need to break away from the pack.

 

If you have the money to give, and/or you can dip into your 2019 fund, please do it before the clock strikes twelve tonight.

 

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