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Support José Andrés, The Chef Who Served Millions of Meals to Puerto Ricans, and Who Stood Up to Trump

Support José Andrés, the chef who cooked and served millions of meals to hurricane-stricken Puerto Ricans and who stood up to Donald Trump.


Andrés is a hell of a chef, period, full stop.

As of November 2017, he holds two Michelin stars. In 2011, the James Beard Foundation gave him its Outstanding Chef award; past winners include Tom Colicchio of Craft, Eric Ripert of Le Bernadin, Grant Achatz of Alinea, Lidia Bastianich of Felidia Ristorante, Wolfgang Puck of Spago Beverly Hills, Jean-George Vongerichten of Jean-Georges, and Thomas Keller of The French Laundry. Andrés is also credited with introducing America to the concept of tapas.


His nonprofit, World Central Kitchen, came to Puerto Rico on September 25, 2017 to help feed residents in the wake of Hurricane Maria.


By mid-October, the team had built a supply network and prepped and delivered more than a million hot meals. Andrés has broadcast his efforts via his Twitter account and through the #chefsforpuertorico hashtag. He had started to curtail WCK’s efforts by late October, but he has continued to shine a light on the realities of post-Maria life in Puerto Rico on his social media accounts.


Before he stepped up in such an extraordinary way in Puerto Rico, he stood up to Donald Trump, at great personal cost to himself.


When Trump announced his candidacy in June 2015 by claiming that Mexican immigrants were drug dealers and rapists, Andrés withdrew from a deal to create a grand new restaurant in the Trump hotel planned for the old Post Office building in Washington, D.C. (Andrés was born in Spain and is a naturalized U.S. citizen.) Trump sued for breach of contract, and the two parties settled in April 2017.


According to the Washington Post, Andrés said at the time of his withdrawal from the Trump Washington D.C. restaurant deal:

“More than half of my team is Hispanic, as are many of our guests,” the chef said in a statement at the time. “And, as a proud Spanish immigrant and recently naturalized American citizen myself, I believe that every human being deserves respect, regardless of immigration status.”


We at OTYCD encourage you to support Andrés and his charitable works however you can.


Andrés’s empire includes 27 restaurants in the U.S. and Mexico, as well as food trucks and catering services. Are any of them near you? Check the link below and pay a visit, and vote with your dollars:



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Read about World Central Kitchen’s and #chefsforpuertorico’s work on the island in the wake of Hurricane Maria:

Read about how the chef quit his partnership with Trump after he disparaged Mexicans, and read about the settlement of the resulting lawsuit:



GOOD UPDATE! Support Democrat Wendy Carrillo’s Primary Bid To Run For California State Assembly

This OTYCD entry originally posted in November 2017.


Good Update! Wendy Carrillo WON the December 5, 2017 special election. Hooray for her!


Support Democrat Wendy Carrillo’s primary bid to run for California state assembly.


Carrillo was one of the two top finishers among the 10 Democrats who ran in the special primary. She came first, with 22.2 percent of the vote. She will face off against the number-two finisher, Luis Lopez, who gathered 18.6 percent of the vote.


It appears that no Republicans ran in the special primary–just Democrats, an Independent, a Libertarian, and a representative from the Peace and Freedom party–so if Carrillo wins the December 5, 2017 special election, it looks like she is the winner proper.


Carrillo is solidly and admirably progressive. She supports affordable healthcare, debt-free college, a $15 minimum wage, civil rights across the board, and social justice issues generally. When she arrived in the U.S. from El Salvador as a small child, she was undocumented. She gained her citizenship as a young adult.


She is endorsed by Run For Something, Emily’s List, the California Democratic Party, #VoteProChoice, Democracy for America, Voices for Progress, and scores of unions, among others.



See her campaign website:



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GOOD UPDATE! Democrat Andrew Zwicker WON RE-ELECTION to the New Jersey State Legislature

This OTYCD entry originally posted in September 2017.


YES YES YES! Democrat Andrew Zwicker won re-election to the New Jersey state legislature! Read more here:



Original text of the post follows.


Help re-elect Democrat Andrew Zwicker to the New Jersey state legislature. The election takes place on November 7, 2017.


In addition to spotlighting five Virginia state-level candidates chosen by Flippable for the upcoming race in November, we at OTYCD are also devoting posts to six candidates chosen by 314 Action whose races fall in 2017. 314 Action is an organization that boosts hopefuls who have STEM backgrounds.


Zwicker was first elected to the New Jersey legislature in January 2016, where he serves on the Judiciary Committee as well as the committees for regulated professions and also for telecommunications and utilities. 314 Action helped him then, and is helping him now. He is the only scientist currently serving in the New Jersey legislature. In addition, he is the first Democrat ever to represent his district. He beat his Republican rival by just 78 votes.


Zwicker holds a Ph.d in physics from Johns Hopkins University and is the Head of Science Education at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. He is also a fellow of the American Physical Society and edits the organization’s newsletter.


In the legislature, he works to make college more affordable and to expand access to pre-K. He accepts climate change and wants the state to rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas initiative, in which nine states joined forces to reduce climate-harming emissions. He wants to make sure that laws protecting the environment are enforced. And in all things, he will bring the rigor of a scientist, making decisions based on facts and evidence.



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Support Students for Changes, an Advocacy Group Started by Marjory Stoneman Douglas Students

Support Students for Changes, a nonprofit advocacy group started by students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, site of the deadly shooting on February 14, 2018.


Cofounded by three survivors of the attack that killed 17 of their peers and teachers, Students for Changes focuses on three things: gun safety, mental health, and school safety. The ultimate goal is to create a world where deadly school shootings are memories and not ever-present threats.



The pinned tweet on its Twitter page as of early March 2018 stated:

This Nonprofit Organization is started and led by Marjory Stoneman Douglas students. We’ve made this for the express purpose of connecting and consolidating the efforts of students nationwide to change our current policies and societal notions.



During the same period, its Twitter feed thanked Delta Airlines for rescinding the group discount it had offered to National Rifle Association (NRA) members, thanked Kroger, Walmart, and L.L. Bean for raising their minimum customer age for gun sales to 21, and promised to keep fighting after the Florida state senate passed, then quickly revoked, a two-year ban on the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.



The founders intend this to be a student-led movement, and they encourage the creation of chapters in schools across America. As of March 4, 2018, SSC is filing to become a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit.



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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.



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Support the Massachusetts Bail Fund

This OTYCD entry originally posted in September 2017.

Support the Massachusetts Bail Fund, which pays up to $500 to help bail out low-income people who are arrested in the state.

Happy update: Between the time we wrote this post and the time we scheduled it to appear, the Massachusetts Bail Fund raised the $50,000 it needed to re-open in October.

The fund is now looking to raise another $100,000 to keep its doors open through the end of calendar 2017. Most of the bail money they pay out does come back to them, but that can take months or years. The crisis came when they found themselves hit with high demand while bail refunds were trickling back in.

See their update here, which dates to September 18, before they reached their $50,000 goal:

If we hear about a link to a network of state bail assistance organizations across the country, we’ll drop it in this post and devote a second, separate future post that links to this one. We welcome any tips you have on this score. See our Contact page to learn how to get a message to us.


Original post follows, with contact information for the Massachusetts Bail Fund at the tail.

Being poor is not supposed to be a crime, but try telling that to someone who’s too poor to post bail. Being required to pay $50 to go back home while your case proceeds through the courts may as well be $5 million if you just don’t have the money.

Too often, people who are too poor to post bail for minor crimes languish in jail. For lack of a small sum, their lives are upended. They can’t go to work. They can’t help their families. They can’t serve their communities. Lack of bail money can start a downward spiral that is incredibly difficult to recover from. All to make sure that the person shows up for court on the appointed day.

The sickest part of it all is that the justice system could get what it wants without resorting to jailing people. Phone and email reminders, and well-drawn pretrial conditions, work just as well as bail does at prodding arrestees to appear in court.

Enter the Massachusetts Bail Fund. It helps poor people Massachusetts with bail, offering up to $500 per case.

Unfortunately, the MBF has hit some trouble. Between July and September 2017, they posted bail for 89 people, at a cost of $45,730–a request rate that represents a doubling of demand.

Paying out that much in bail proved unsustainable for the MBF, forcing it to close until it could raise a big-enough chunk of money to serve the increased need and avoid having to suddenly shut down again.

Online activist Mariame Kaba, who tweets under the @prisonculture handle sounded the alarm about the MBF’s woes. Things started to improve for the organization as of September 16, when it tweeted:

Good Morning!! In 12 hrs u all raised $10,800 for us (and counting) At least 20 ppl freed!

They’re not out of the woods yet, of course, if their summer request load is any indication. Help them by donating, following them on social media and spreading the word, or reading up on the bail system and its problems.


See the home page of the Massachusetts Bail Fund:


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Mariame Kaba, an activist who tweets under the handle @prisonculture alerted us to the crisis that the Massachusetts Bail Fund faced, and did a hell of a lot of work to signal-boost its need and get it satisfied. Please give her a follow on Twitter:






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Support Emily Ellsworth, Author of Call the Halls, Who’s Running for Utah State Senate as a Republican

Support Emily Ellsworth, author of Call the Halls, who’s running for Utah state senate as a Republican.


We at OTYCD devoted one of our earliest blog posts to Emily Ellsworth and her downloadable guide, Call the Halls. Soon after the 2016 election, Ellsworth compiled a reference with vital advice for contacting members of Congress.


Since then she has continued to dispense advice over her Twitter feed. Recently, she took a big step–she announced she’s running for Utah state senate, in district 15.


She’s facing a fight. The current incumbent, Republican Margaret Dayton, won the 2014 election with more than 80 percent of the vote. Ellsworth needs help nowrightnow because she needs to get her name out there before Utah holds its primary on June 26, 2018.


Obligatory warning, with apologies for bonking you all on the head about this fact: Ellsworth is running as a Republican, which means she probably holds at least some political beliefs that differ from your own. That means she might sometimes say things and do things that don’t match your beliefs, and which might piss you off well and thoroughly. That’s OK. Really, it’s OK. You’re being asked to look at what she’s doing and support what you like, not endorse every last little everything she does. She understands 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 Emily Ellsworth’s campaign website:



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