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Support the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Now more than ever, you need to support the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). 

When Trump was elected, and so many of us were flat on the mat or reeling in shock, the ACLU had its fists up and was ready to fight back.

On the morning of November 9, ACLU President Anthony Romero wrote a letter to Trump, putting him on notice that several of his campaign promises, if enacted, would violate the Constitution, and the 97-year-old nonprofit would dog him mercilessly over any such thing he tried.

It has gone after Trump with vigor and ferocity ever since.

The ACLU takes a lot of crap for sticking up for unpopular people who say unpopular things. If the ACLU hasn’t yet defended someone you find repugnant, give them time. They will.

That doesn’t change the fact that we need the ACLU now more than ever. Romero put his finger on its value in an article in Fast Company when he likened it to the U.S.’s insurance policy.

The organization got a powerful, historically unprecedented surge of support in the wake of the election. It received $15 million in online donations before Inauguration day, and during the first weekend of the Muslim travel ban in January 2017, it took in another $24 million–a sum equivalent to roughly six times what it reaps online in a year.

Trump is attacking bedrock American values on several fronts. The ACLU is, and will continue to be, on the front lines in the effort to push back.

We at OTYCD realize you’ve probably helped the ACLU in some way already. More than 350,000 contributors gave money during that January weekend. But we’re asking you to consider stepping up to the next level.

Given to the ACLU once? Consider becoming a monthly donor. Already a monthly donor? Consider increasing your donation, even if the increase is only small. Not a member yet? Join the 1.6 million who are. Already a member and donating monthly? Urge your friends to do more.

Can’t afford to do anything that costs money? Read up on the ACLU, follow it on social media, and defend it, firmly and unwaveringly, from those who fear and hate it.

 

Read the Fast Company piece about what the ACLU has done in the wake of the 2016 election:

https://www.fastcompany.com/40407576/how-the-aclu-is-leading-the-resistance

 

See its website:

https://www.aclu.org

 

Find your local ACLU:

https://www.aclu.org/about/affiliates

 

Read about the history of the ACLU:

https://www.aclu.org/about/aclu-history

 

Join the ACLU:

https://action.aclu.org/secure/become-freedom-fighter-join-aclu?s_src=UNW170001C00&alt_src=UNV170001C00&ms=web_horiz_nav_hp_join

 

Donate to the ACLU:

https://action.aclu.org/donate-aclu?ms=web_horiz_nav_hp

 

Become a monthly donor:

https://action.aclu.org/secure/muslim-ban-fight-may-go-supreme-court-2?s_src=UNV170101INA&ms=web_hero_trump_gol

 

Like the ACLU on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/aclu.nationwide

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@ACLU

 

Read about how it took in a historically unprecedented number of donations since the election and following the first implementation of the Muslim travel ban:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/01/30/the-aclu-says-it-got-24-million-in-donations-this-weekend-six-times-its-yearly-average/?utm_term=.6b4b5b3521e5

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Read Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? by Obama Alum Alyssa Mastromonaco

Read Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House, a refreshingly open and honest book by Alyssa Mastromonaco, alumna of the Obama administration. 

Mastromonaco served as the White House deputy chief of staff for operations and assistant to President Barack Obama from 2011 to 2014.

Her book is a riveting account of what it’s like to work in high-profile political jobs and it’s a breezy read, too. She salts it with useful tips (if you save your bosses money, make sure to tell them; never be a jerk; everyone is replaceable) but its greater value is in showing someone facing challenges and overcoming them.

Mastromonaco’s book, like Al Franken’s book, is one that you need to read right now. She never uses the phrase ‘impostor syndrome’, as far as I can remember, but her approach, her openness, and her willingness to talk about things others would just find too embarrassing, such as how she wrestled with episodes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) on the road, make it a gem.

Mastromonaco is like the senior executive sitting down nervous interns or entry-level staffers on their first day and telling them, “You can do this. I did it, and here’s how.” If you are interested in running for office or helping someone run, it will give you confidence that you can do it.

Note also: Her Twitter bio says she has a new podcast coming soon. We suspect it’ll launch with Crooked Media, given that Dan Pfeiffer, Jon Favreau, and Tommy Vietor are peripheral characters in her book. We’ll update this page accordingly when the time comes.

 

Buy Mastromonaco’s book at these independent bookstores:

http://www.strandbooks.com/index.cfm

http://www.powells.com

 

Follow Mastromonaco on Twitter:

@AlyssaMastro44

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Read This Blog Post on Living Under a Narcissistic Boss

Read Lessons I Learned Working for a Narcissist and What That Means for Il Trumpe, a December 2016 post on Mike the Mad Biologist’s blog.

Apologies for missing this initially; I only found it by chasing a tweet chain that lead from Steve Silberman to John Scalzi to Mike the Mad Biologist in early September.

Any number of people, with and without medical qualifications, have identified Donald Trump as a narcissist and tried to unpack what that means.

Mad the Mike Biologist speaks as someone who worked under a classic Narcissist, as delineated in Stanley Bing’s book, Crazy Bosses. It’s not a clinical work–Bing is the pseudonym of a business writer–but Mike found it useful nonetheless, and so did his co-workers, with whom he shared Bing’s description of a narcissist.

We’re pointing you to Mike’s post because we feel it’s the sharpest description of a narcissist we’ve come across, and we feel Mike’s observations are the most useful on the subject. It’s also held up solidly, though he wrote it when Trump was president-elect. He shows what Mattis, Kelly, and the rest must be going through.

 

We’re also going to pull out and amplify the last paragraph of Mike’s post, because it shows us all how to deal with President Narcissist. Spoiler alert! You need to carry on as you have been doing–resist, dammit:

“Our refusal to bow before his fantastical order is vital. It will enrage him at times–which can be useful for those of us who then can conciliate him as it makes them appear to be solving his problem. But opposition will also cause him to make mistakes and lash out at those near him. His administration will collapse under its own contradictions, though not without a strong push from us. In the meanwhile, resistance will remind us what we are fighting for. It will keep us sane and ethical. The act of resistance is important for the sake of those who resist–and for those who are unable to do so.”

 

Read Lessons I Learned Working for a Narcissist and What That Means for Il Trumpe (you’ll find the email subscription button for his blog about halfway down on the right side of the page, just above Categories):

Lessons I Learned Working For A Narcissist And What That Means For Il Trumpe

 

Follow Mike the Mad Biologist on Twitter:

@mikethemadbiol

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Follow and Support Christopher Stroop

Follow and support Christopher Stroop, an ex-evangelical who deftly explains the religious right’s baffling infatuation with Trump.

Stroop is a writer, speaker, and postdoc scholar whose evangelical background gives priceless, and frightening, insight into the evangelical mindset. Through his blog, Not Your Mission Field, and his tweets, he sheds light on why Franklin Graham and his ilk have gone all-in on Trump, a twice-divorced, vulgar, areligious, greedy, dishonest, venal, weak-minded would-be autocrat. (Spoiler alert: It has a lot to do with the weak-minded would-be autocrat part.)

 

Read his blog, Not Your Mission Field:

https://chrisstroop.com

 

Follow him on Twitter:

@C_Stroop

 

Support him via Patreon:

https://www.patreon.com/cstroop

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Support Democrat Amy McGrath’s Run for a House Seat in Kentucky’ s 6th District

Support Amy McGrath, a Democrat who is running for a House of Representatives seat in Kentucky’s 6th District in 2018.

 

In all likelihood you’ve heard about McGrath already. Back in August, she released a powerful campaign ad that caused a stir. She took on the incumbent, Republican Andy Barr, as well as Kentucky Republican Senator Mitch McConnell. She made it with Mark Putnam, who did campaign ads for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.

 

It also caused a stir because McGrath is objectively awesome. She is the first woman   Marine to fly an F-18 on a combat mission. In the video, she also recalls writing her Congressional delegation as 13-year-old, asking how to pursue a career as a fighter jet pilot. Her rep threw cold water on her ambitions, telling her, “women ought to be protected and not allowed to serve in combat.”

 

Fortunately, she was not deterred. She flew combat missions in Afghanistan and Iraq, and spent the morning of September 11, 2001, prepped and ready to shoot down any commercial airliners that might aim themselves at Los Angeles or San Diego. She retired at the rank of lieutenant colonel in June 2017.

 

McGrath beat five other Democrats to win the May 22 primary, but she has her work cut out for her. Barr won re-election in 2016 by more than 20 points, and by a two-to-one margin, and Ballotpedia rates Kentucky’s 6th District as “safely Republican.” But she’s got serious momentum, on the order of Randy Brice, aka Ironstache, the Democrat who’s challenging Paul Ryan for his house seat in Wisconsin.

 

 

See McGrath’s campaign website (her campaign videos are on the front page):

https://www.amymcgrathforcongress.com

 

 

Read her ‘About’ page:

https://www.amymcgrathforcongress.com/about

 

 

Consider her for your Core Four for 2018:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/12/24/choose-your-core-four-for-2018/

 

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the blue button on the upper right or checking the About & Subscribe page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

 

Donate to Amy McGrath’s campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/amy-mcgrath-for-congress

 

 

Like McGrath on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/AmyMcGrathKY/

 

 

Follow McGrath on Twitter:

@AmyMcGrathKY

 

 

Read about McGrath’s campaign:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/01/politics/amy-mcgrath-kentucky-announcement-video/index.html

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/344734-dem-ad-maker-cuts-new-ad-in-kentucky-for-amy-mcgrath

http://www.npr.org/2017/08/03/541223715/female-retired-marine-with-viral-campaign-ad-hopes-to-bridge-gap-in-democratic-p

 

 

And here are some articles that talk about both McGrath and Brice:

http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a56756/amy-mcgrath-ad-paul-ryan-wall/

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2017/08/can_a_kentuckian_fighter_pilot_obliterate_democrats_effete_reputation.html

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Support the Road to 2018, Which Defends Democratic Senators

This OTYCD post originally appeared in January 2018, but with the mid-terms approaching and the stakes rising, we are reposting past posts that discuss key things you can do to push back against Trump.

 

Support The Road to 2018, an organization devoted to defending vulnerable Democrats in the Senate.

 

America would be a better place if Democrats had control of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Taking that latter chamber was always seen as a tall order. Doug Jones’s December 2017 win in Alabama makes the feat a bit less impossible, but it’s still a tough row to hoe. In order to gain control of the Senate, the Democrats must successfully defend all of its Senators who are running for re-election and win at least two additional seats as well.

 

The Road to 2018 winked into being just after the November 2016 election with the aim of defending the most vulnerable incumbent Democratic Senators.

 

It’s focusing on twelve Senators–eleven Democrats and an Independent:

Bill Nelson of Florida

Joe Donnelly of Indiana

Debbie Stabenow of Michigan

Claire McCaskill of Missouri

Angus King, Independent of Maine

Jon Tester of Montana

Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota

Sherrod Brown of Ohio

Bob Casey of Pennsylvania

Tim Kaine of Virginia

Joe Manchin of West Virginia

Tammy Baldwin of Wyoming

 

 

The Road to 2018 is well-focused and exquisitely on top of things. Please support their efforts.

 

 

See the website for The Road to 2018:

http://www.roadto2018.com

 

 

See its Senators page:

http://www.roadto2018.com/senators.html

 

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the page or checking the About & Subscribe page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

 

See the Road to 2018 team:

http://www.roadto2018.com/about-us.html

 

 

Volunteer for The Road to 2018:

http://www.roadto2018.com/contact.html

 

 

Keep that list of Democratic Senators in mind when choosing your Core Four for 2018:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/12/24/choose-your-core-four-for-2018/

 

 

Like it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/TheRoadto2018/

 

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@Roadto18

 

 

Follow Celeste Pewter on Twitter, who is involved with The Road to 2018 and is seemingly on top of EVERYTHING political that the Resistance cares about, as it happens:

@Celeste_Pewter

 

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

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Subscribe to Political Charge, Tokyo Sand’s Blog

Subscribe to Political Charge, the blog written by tweeter Tokyo Sand.

 

If you’re on Twitter and you’re part of the Resistance, you’ve come across Tokyo Sand. Their tweets are valuable and focused.

 

 

You might not be aware that Tokyo Sand has a blog as well. Political Charge is as valuable and focused as Tokyo Sand’s tweets, with explainers on gerrymandering, money laundering, and why town halls are worth your time.

 

 

It also features interviews with activists such as Pat Gunn, who helped elect Manka Dhingra to the Washington state senate and turned the entire West Coast solidly blue, and Frannie James, who volunteered in Alabama for Doug Jones’s campaign.

 

 

In a world that swamps us with content from all directions, Political Charge is worth your time and deserves a place in your inbox.

 

 

See the Political Charge blog (the subscription button is at the lower right, at the bottom of the page):

https://politicalcharge.org

 

 

See Political Charge’s piece on Getting Started in Political Activism:

Getting Started in Political Activism

 

 

Follow Tokyo Sand on Twitter:

@DHStokyo

 

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the page. And tell your friends about the blog!