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Read, Memorize, and Act on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s 10 Ways to Fight Hate

This OTYCD entry originally posted in August 2017.

 

Read, memorize, and act on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s piece, 10 Ways to Fight Hate.

 

Posted after the events of Charlottesville, the SPLC piece gives you ten things you can do to resist the cultural changes that neo-Nazis and white supremacists are trying to create with the passive, if not sometimes active, help of Trump and his administration.

 

The full list is:

Act

Join Forces

Support the Victims

Speak Up

Educate Yourself

Create an Alternative

Pressure Leaders

Stay Engaged

Teach Acceptance

Dig Deeper

 

The most important thing is to act–to do something, to not sit mute in the face of hate. The SPLC put “act” first on the list for a reason. Silence reads as compliance and even approval to those who want to advance hate and intolerance. You have to say or do something when it shows its face to you.

 

If you are white, it is double-super-extra-mega-important for you to act. People of color and minorities have been carrying the burden of pushing back for too long. It is on white people to wield their privilege like a weapon for dismantling this corrosive bullshit.

 

You cannot stand by and assume someone else will pick up the slack. It is on you to do something. It is always on you to do something. Always. 

 

Know also that the Nazis did not stop until they were stop. Remember appeasement? Think of how we remember Neville Chamberlain? Yeah, don’t be Neville Chamberlain. You lose now AND you lose later.

 

The only way you win when dealing with Nazis, fascists, and those who would carry their banners is to stop them right away. Give them no quarter and no comfort. Shut them down, just like the people of Boston shut down the so-called Free Speech Rally on August 19, when at least 20,000 anti-racist protestors showed up to find 20 neo-Nazis, fascists, and white supremacists.

 

Read the SPLC’s Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide:

https://www.splcenter.org/20170814/ten-ways-fight-hate-community-response-guide

 

Donate to the SPLC:

https://donate.splcenter.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=463

 

Like its Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/SPLCenter

 

Follow the SPLC on Twitter:

@splcenter

 

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Learn How to Intervene as a Bystander to Hateful Speech and Acts

This OTYCD entry originally posted in July 2017.

Learn or refresh yourself on strategies for how to diffuse hateful situations as a bystander.

 

The racist terrorist attack on public transit in Portland, Oregon in May that left two men dead and a third wounded raised awareness about bystander training. The passengers who became victims confronted the ranting man directly when he accosted two young women who appeared to be Muslim, and continued to do so after he made death threats against those who tried to de-escalate the situation.

 

Those who offer bystander training have said that the Portland men didn’t do anything wrong. It would be a shame if the incident scared people off from confronting people who spew hate in public spaces.

 

Here are a bundle of resources that will help you learn how to intervene when you witness hateful situations.

 

 

Start with Maeril’s now-classic cartoon on what to do if you witness Islamophobic harassment.

 

 

Hollaback, a movement devoted to stopping street harassment, offers digital bystander intervention training for a modest fee:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hollaback-bystander-intervention-digital-training-tickets-33624094572

 

 

Read the text of a speech on Bystander Intervention Training given by folks at the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition of Maryland:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8L8vf0joWhQZE9WZHNtSnMxWk0/view

 

 

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See if Collective Action for Safe Spaces is doing a bystander intervention workshop near you, or request one:

http://www.collectiveactiondc.org/our-work/trainings-workshops/

 

 

For background, read a local news account of the Portland attack:

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2017/05/max_heros_last_words_tell_ever.html

 

 

And read a Slate article about bystander training in the wake of the attack:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2017/06/02/after_portland_bystander_intervention_training_is_more_important_than_ever.html

 

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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.

If you’re reading this, odds are you’re white. And odds are you’re sickened by how white supremacy warps our society and you want to do something about it. Knowing what to do, exactly, can be hard. White supremacy is insidious and it can be hard for white people to see its effects as clearly as people of color do.

SURJ, founded in 2009, is a network of white anti-racists that’s devoted to serving as allies to people of color and their causes. It also supports using white privilege as a weapon against itself by speaking out against police brutality and related abuses. It facilitates the awkward conversations that white people need to have, amongst ourselves, without burdening people of color to shepherd us and do the work for us.

SURJ is intersectional and all-inclusive while staying alert to how systemic racism shows its face in a chapter’s local community, and finding thoughtful, specific ways to fight back. SURJ will also help you learn to be a better, more useful ally.

 

Visit the SURJ website:

http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org

 

Find your nearest SURJ group:

http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/affiliated_groups_local_contacts

 

Donate to SURJ:

https://showingupforracialjustice.nationbuilder.com/donate

 

Like its Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/ShowingUpForRacialJusticesurj/

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@ShowUp4RJ

 

Read this 2015 interview with SURJ leaders:

https://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/answering-the-call-white-people-showing-up-for-racial-justice-hesaid/

 

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Tell Your World: Hate Has No Home Here

Tell the world you live in that you value all races, religions, and nationalities with a Hate Has No Home Here sign.

You’ve probably seen Hate Has No Home Here signs in your favorite shops or maybe even decorating your neighbors’ lawns. It springs from a Chicago-based project of the same name and it endeavors to combat hate speech and hateful behavior with public declarations that make clear that it won’t be tolerated.

If a yard sign isn’t your thing, you can opt for a window poster or a magnet.

 

Learn about the Hate Has No Home Here initiative:

https://hatehasnohomehere.wordpress.com

 

Purchase signs and magnets from the HHNHH web site:

https://hatehasnohome.org/index.html

 

Like HHNHH on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/HateHasNoHomeHere/

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@HateHasNoHome

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Support The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Support the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, America’s premier civil and human rights coalition.

 

Founded in 1950, it has coordinated national lobbying efforts on behalf of every major piece of civil rights law since 1957. More than 200 national organizations that concern themselves with civil and human rights belong to the Leadership Conference.

 

Recently, it has been all over efforts to defend DACA and the Dreamers; it has fought efforts to suppress voting rights; and it has pushed back on Trump’s attempted ban on transgender military personnel. Trump’s been keeping the conference busy, that’s for sure.

 

The Conference also sounds the alarm about lousy federal court appointments and tracks the civil and human rights voting records of each session of Congress, among other things.

 

 

Visit the home page of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights:

http://civilrights.org

 

 

Check out the civil and human rights voting records of every session of Congress from the 91st to the 113th, and learn about crummy pending federal appointments that you should oppose:

http://civilrights.org/our-advocacy/

 

 

Visit its online Action Center:

http://civilrights.org/take-action/

 

 

Donate to the organization:

http://civilrights.org/donate/

 

 

Like it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/civilandhumanrights

 

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@civilrightsorg

 

 

Also follow its president and CEO, Vanita Gupta, on Twitter:

@vanitaguptaCR

 

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Support the Work of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)

This OTYCD entry originally posted in June 2017.

Support the work of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a civil rights organization that is tracking right-wing and white supremacist hate groups.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Planned Parenthood, and other worthy causes received a lot of attention in the months following Trump’s election. While the SPLC hasn’t exactly been neglected, it should receive more attention.

The SPLC, headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama, has been fighting hate and bigotry since 1971. Its most famous successes might be a series of lawsuits that effectively bankrupted the Ku Klux Klan. It tracks hate groups of all sorts, and its Hatewatch pays particular attention to far-right groups and white supremacists.

Its #ReportHate website function lets you tell them about hateful incidents you have witnessed. Its HateMap lets you see where hateful groups might be operating near you. It creates documentaries, lesson plans, and related materials that teach how to fight bigotry. It runs the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery.

 

Visit the SPLC website:

https://www.splcenter.org

 

Read its excellent guide, Responding to Everyday Bigotry:

https://www.splcenter.org/20150126/speak-responding-everyday-bigotry

 

See its Hatewatch page:

https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch

 

Like it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/SPLCenter

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@splcenter

 

Donate to the SPLC:

https://donate.splcenter.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=463

 

 

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Support David Ermold, Who Was Denied a Marriage License by Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis and Is Running Against Her for Her Job in 2018

This OTYCD entry originally posted in January 2018.

 

Support David Ermold, who was denied a marriage license by Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis in 2015, and is running against her in 2018 for her job.

 

Ermold and his then-fiance, David Moore, visited the Rowan County Clerk’s office in 2015 seeking a marriage license after the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that same-sex unions were legal. Davis denied the men the license (she was denying them to every couple at that point, regardless), citing “God’s authority.”

 

Ermold and others sued Davis. He and Moore eventually got their marriage license; Davis got five days in jail for contempt of court, as well as international publicity. After the state modified marriage licenses to exclude the name of the issuing clerk, Davis considered herself satisfied.

 

The Rowan County Clerk serves a four-year term. 2018 marks the first time Davis will run after having refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

 

Ermold is not the only one running for the County Clerk post. Elwood Caudill Jr., a Democrat who lost to Davis in 2014 by just 23 votes, is in the race, too, as are two other Democrats. (Davis ran as a Democrat then, but switched her affiliation to Republican after Kentucky’s Democratic governor declined to issue an executive order to leave clerks’ names off of marriage licenses.)

 

Despite accusations from opponents, Ermold is not a single-issue candidate. He is just as concerned about the Davis family’s apparent entrenchment in the Rowan County Clerk’s office. Davis’s mother held the clerk post before retiring in time for her daughter to run in 2014. The two women worked alongside each other for many years prior to that election, and Davis’s son works alongside her now.

 

Ermold is a 14-year resident of Morehead, Kentucky, and is a founding member and leader in Morehead Pride, a local LGBT-rights group.

 

On his campaign site, he stresses that if he wins the post, he will “make sure that all citizens seeking out services will be treated with dignity and respect, and I will make every effort to deliver an efficient, professional experience to everyone… I will listen to the needs of our citizens in regards to the services that the clerk’s office offers, and I will create a positive environment where those needs can be met,” and adds that he “will act responsibly with taxpayer money, and I will seek out ways to be cost efficient and avoid unnecessary expenses. I will continually look at ways to modernize the current processes in place to create a more convenient experience, and I will keep accurate records of all transactions.”

 

Ermold created a heck of a photo-op on December 6, 2017, when he filed to run for Rowan County Clerk. He filled out the paperwork as Davis, his future opponent, watched.

 

To her credit, she was almost perfectly courteous to him, shaking his hand and telling him, “May the best candidate win.”

 

Please do what you can to make that happen.

 

 

Visit Ermold’s campaign website:

http://www.davidermold.com

 

 

See his Meet David page:

http://www.davidermold.com/about

 

 

Donate to Ermold’s campaign:

https://davidermold.ngpvanhost.com/onlineactions/ycLfu8B0zUOpGdB6eX2ZFQ2

 

 

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Like him on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/davidermoldforclerk

 

 

Follow him on Twitter:

@DErmold

 

 

Read news stories about Ermold applying to run against Davis for County Clerk–paperwork that she had to sign and accept in his presence:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/12/06/kim-davis-denied-his-right-to-marry-another-man-now-hes-going-to-run-against-her/?utm_term=.7543c5a7dba1

 

 

http://time.com/5053731/david-ermold-kim-davis-county-clerk/.  (This article explains why Davis switched her affiliation to Republican, and it describes the scene of Ermold filling out the paperwork as Davis watched.)

 

 

The Wikipedia entry on Kim Davis gives the results for the 2014 Rowan County Clerk primary and the general election:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Davis

 

 

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Read These Blog Posts by John Scalzi, Who Nails It

This OTYCD entry originally posted in July 2017.

Read these blog posts by John Scalzi on white privilege and being poor. You’ll be better for it.

 

John Scalzi is a Hugo-award-winning science fiction author of the Old Man series, Redshirts, and others. He’s also written his blog, Whatever, for almost 20 years.

 

You should read Whatever regardless, because it’s good and he tackles political topics with aplomb. Whatever has one of the few comments sections worth reading because Scalzi moderates exceptionally well.

 

We wrote this post to direct you to two superlative Whatever posts that relate to issues that underly much of what we talk about on One Thing You Can Do.

 

 

The first is Being Poor, a 2005 piece that draws on his memories of having grown up with little money. He regards it as one of the best things he’s ever written. He’s right:

http://whatever.scalzi.com/2005/09/03/being-poor/

Here also is its followup, “Being Poor,” Ten Years On:

http://whatever.scalzi.com/2015/09/03/being-poor-ten-years-on/

 

 

The second must-read is from 2012. Titled Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is, Scalzi explains the nature of white privilege without using that phrase:

http://whatever.scalzi.com/2012/05/15/straight-white-male-the-lowest-difficulty-setting-there-is/

 

 

And here is a 2014 followup, The Lowest Difficulty Setting In Action:

http://whatever.scalzi.com/2014/07/14/the-lowest-difficulty-setting-in-action/

We’re not sure if Scalzi has commented on the quality of Straight White Male but we think it’s among the best things he’s written.

 

 

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Follow Scalzi on Twitter:

@scalzi

 

 

Like him on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/scalzi

 

 

See his entry on Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4763.John_Scalzi

 

 

Buy his books via Powell’s:

http://www.powells.com/SearchResults?kw=title:john%20scalzi

 

 

 

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#DefendDACA …and ACA? Sept 7 Update

Yep, you’re defending DACA again today, but there’s also an update on defending the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

On September 6, Senator John McCain made a statement that implied that he favored the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, which would gut Medicare and replace it with block grants, among other hideous moves.

Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) sounded the alarm. Then McCain followed up and clarified that he might favor Graham-Cassidy after it undergoes a committee hearing, including open debate and the expected democratic good stuff that should have happened with the AHCA bill but didn’t.

The clock doesn’t run out on GOP attempts to kill Obamacare until September 30. The odds of an anti-Obamacare bill getting through normal Senate channels before that date… are not great. But Trumpcare has been The Bill That Will Not Die.

For now, we recommend you follow Topher Spiro, Ben Wikler, Andy Slavitt, and Celeste Pewter if you aren’t already. They will have news stupid-fast, along with specific actions you can take to fight back right there and then. Their Twitter handles are:

@TopherSpiro

@BenWikler

@Aslavitt

@Celeste_Pewter

 

Now back to DACA. Some good news, which we’ve woven in at the appropriate places in the standing text. 

The Senate is starting to move on helping DACA enrollees, per this story from The Hill:

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/349481-gop-senator-daca-hearings-to-begin-next-week

 

We’re recommending you continue to press your MoCs by calling and demanding that they write a law that protects those in the DACA program.

Ben Wikler (@benwikler) tweeted on September 5 that passing a law that will affect the DACA folks for the better is doable:

Vote-counters think we have the votes in both houses of Congress to pass the DREAM Act *right now.* Question is if leadership holds the vote

McConnell and Ryan will only hold the vote if they feel massive political pressure. Your channel to pressure them: your own Sens/Reps.

 

Here’s hoping the DACA fight doesn’t last as long as the Trumpcare fight.

Before calling your MoCs, check their web sites, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds to see if they’ve said anything about DACA. Thank them if they spoke in favor, and berate them if they spoke against it or have said nothing.

 

Possible pro-DACA script for your MoCs: “Hello, I am (Firstname Lastname, and I live in town, zip code). I wanted to tell (Senator/House Rep Lastname) that I support the DACA program and the Dreamers, and I want him/her to pass a law that formally protects them–preferably a law that would not expire. The Dreamers deserve the chance to stay here and become citizens officially. Thank you.”

 

 

More than a dozen state attorneys general have stepped up to help DACA-folk by suing the federal government over its plan to take away the program.

Here are the states whose AGs are doing the right thing:

New York

Massachusetts

Washington

District of Columbia

Connecticut

New Mexico

Hawaii

Illinois

North Carolina

Oregon

Rhode Island

Iowa

Delaware

Pennsylvania

Virginia

Vermont

 

See an article from The Hill on the lawsuit:

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/349481-gop-senator-daca-hearings-to-begin-next-week

 

California is pursuing a separate suit to force the government to protect the DACA enrollees.

Read about California’s go-it-alone pro-DACA lawsuit:

http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-california-will-file-separate-lawsuit-1504736029-htmlstory.html

 

Nine other state AGs threatened to sue the government if it didn’t kill DACA. Those nine states are:

Texas

Alabama

Arkansas

Kansas

Louisiana

Nebraska

South Carolina

West Virginia

 

The AG of a tenth state, Tennessee, backed out of the anti-DACA lawsuit.

 

Is your state AG doing the right thing? The wrong thing? Or nothing? Call and let them know that you support DACA and they should, too.

 

To learn who your attorney general is, plug your address into this search engine:

whoaremyrepresentatives.org

Scroll down about halfway for your state reps. The name of your attorney general should be there. Click the plus sign to the right of the name and it’ll give you the phone number for your AG’s office.

But before you call, google your AG’s name. Check his or her website and social media platforms. Make note of whether there are any statements about DACA. Be ready to thank or shame the AG accordingly.

 

And remember–be unfailingly polite; don’t call until and unless you can be unfailingly polite (rehearse the script first, out loud, if you need to); and only call the attorney general for your home state.

 

Sample pro-DACA-lawsuit script for your state AG: “Hello, I am (Firstname Lastname, and I live in town, zip code). I wanted to tell the state attorney general that I support the DACA program and I want him/her to sue the federal government now that Trump has moved to abolish it. Please tell the AG that he/she has my support if he/she initiates or joins a lawsuit to protect DACA and the Dreamers. Thank you.”

Sample script for one of the nine state AGs who threatened to sue Trump to stop DACA: “Hello, I am (Firstname Lastname, and I live in town, zip code). I wanted to tell the state attorney general that I support the DACA program and I want him/her to know I am disgusted with his/her stance on the program and I will remember this when it comes time to (re-elect him/her, re-up his/her appointment). Thank you.”

Possible thank-you script for Tennessee AG Herbert Slatery, who withdraw from the anti-DACA lawsuit: “Hello, I am (Firstname Lastname, and I live in town, zip code). I wanted to tell the state attorney general that I support the DACA program and I want to thank him for leaving the group of attorneys general who are threatening to sue the federal government to end it. I appreciate him having the wisdom to change his mind, and I appreciate him having the strength and courage to do the right thing. Thank you.”

 

Now an updated roll call of #DefendDACA resources.

 

Here’s Indivisible’s #DefendDACA action kit:

http://standup.indivisibleguide.com

 

To stay on top of DACA-related issues and the #DefendDACA effort, check the web page of United We Dream, the leading organization that protects and defends the Dreamers:

http://weareuwd.org

 

Follow United We Dream on Twitter:

@UNITEDWEDREAM

 

And follow Adrian I. Reyna, director of membership and technology strategies for United We Dream, who has been giving practical advice to DACA-folk and their friends and family:

@isaiasreyna

 

If you want to donate money to directly help those participating in DACA, there are any number of fundraisers for currently enrolled DACA-folk who need help paying their renewal fees before the October 5 deadline.

Follow Muna Mire on Twitter, who is all over compiling and tracking online fundraisers for people who need help with DACA fees:

@Muna_Mire

 

Here’s United We Dream’s FAQ on the end of DACA and what it might mean:

http://weareheretostay.org/resources/frequently-asked-questions-on-daca-termination/

 

Here’s a good no-nonsense rundown from Teen Vogue on DACA and the consequences of removing it:

http://www.teenvogue.com/story/daca-how-to-help?mbid=social_twitter

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Help the Bloomington, Minnesota Mosque That Was Bombed on August 5

Help the Dar Al Farooq Youth and Family Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, which was bombed on August 5, 2017.

Just before morning prayers early on August 5, the mosque was rattled by an explosion. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but the office of the mosque’s president, who is also its Imam, was damaged in the blast. According to news reports, the FBI has said it was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED). As of August 6, it was searching for suspects.

The mosque’s supporters have started a GoFundMe page to repair the damage to the building. As of 1:30 pm EST on August 6, it had raised just over $14,000 of the requested $95,000. Update: As of August 20, it had raised more than $97,000 and met its goal.

 

See the GoFundMe page:

https://www.gofundme.com/support-dar-al-farooq-center

 

Read about the bombing incident:

http://www.startribune.com/blast-investigated-at-bloomington-islamic-center/438715693/

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/police-investigate-blast-minnesota-mosque-hurt-49052451

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/feds-investigate-explosion-shook-bloomington-minnesota-mosque-n789891

 

Like the facility’s Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/AlFarooqYouthFamilyCenter/?rf=435766666438612