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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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Support the Center for Reproductive Rights

Support the Center for Reproductive Rights, a global advocacy organization that defends and champions the idea that reproductive freedom is a basic human right.

Founded in 1992, the New York City-based non-profit doesn’t just defend access to abortion. It fights to improve access to birth control and prenatal care, it fights to decrease maternal mortality, and it fights efforts to take away public funds for reproductive health care. It champions the rights of those afflicted by HIV and AIDS.

The center fights the global gag ule, a favorite of Republican administrations, which restricts recipients of U.S. aid money from mentioning abortion to their patients. It combats female genital mutilation (FGM) as well as attempts to inflict incomplete, inaccurate, or just plain lousy sex education on young people. It wages these battles on six continents and at the United Nations. And its lawyers often fight for these all-important rights pro bono.

Basically, if it has to do with women and healthcare, the CPR is on it, and it’s probably on your side.

 

See the website for the Center for Reproductive Rights:

https://www.reproductiverights.org

 

Learn about its Pro Bono program:

https://www.reproductiverights.org/pro-bono-program

 

Donate to the center:

https://www.reproductiverights.org/about-us/donate

 

Like it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/reproductiverights

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@ReproRights

 

Check out its Merch:

https://www.reproductiverights.org/shop

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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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Help Eleven Women Doctor Candidates At Once by Donating to this Crowdpac Slate

This OTYCD entry originally posted in January 2018.

 

Help eleven women doctors who are running for Congressional and state office by donating to a special Crowdpac slate. 

 

We need more women in elected office, and we need more people with scientific training in elected office. And hey, everyone likes package deals, right?

 

Crowdpac’s Women Physicians for Office! page features eleven women Democratic candidates who are also doctors. As of January 1, 2018, the page had raised more than $38,000 toward the $50,000 goal. The funds will be split among the eleven.

 

Featured on the Women Physicians for Office! page are:

 

Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, an emergency room physician who is running for the House of Representatives seat in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District;

 

Dr. Beth Liston, a hospitalist and internal medicine physician who seeks a seat in Ohio’s House of Representatives from the state’s 21st District;

 

Dr. Kyle Horton, an internal medicine physician who is running for the House of Representatives seat in North Carolina’s 7th District;

 

Dr. Danielle Mitchell, a family medicine physician who is running for the House of Representatives seat in Tennessee’s 3rd District;

 

Dr. Mai-Khanh Tran, a pediatrician who is running for the House of Representatives seat in California’s 39th District;

 

Dr. Kim Schrier, a pediatrician who is running for the House of Representatives seat in Washington’s 8th District;

 

Dr. Nadia Hashimi, a pediatrician who is running for the House of Representatives seat in Maryland’s 6th District;

 

Dr. Andrea “Andy” McGuire, who specialized in nuclear medicine and is running for governor of Iowa;

 

Dr. F. Kayser Enneking, a professor of anesthesiology, orthopedics, and rehabilitation at the University of Florida, Gainesville, who is running for a Florida State Senate seat in the 8th District;

 

Dr. Janet Everhard, a gynecologist who is running for the House of Representatives seat in Ohio’s 2nd District.

 

See the Crowdpac page and donate to the eleven women doctor-candidates:

https://www.crowdpac.com/campaigns/330091/women-physicians-for-office

 

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