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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

Action Alerts · Community Activism · Elections

Join the Sister District Project

Join the Sister District Project, an effort to help elect or defend Democrats in races across the country.

The Sister District Project is one of the many organizations that arose in the wake of the 2016 election. Its aim is to “build a grassroots network of volunteers to channel blue resources to nearby red areas where small, focused boosts can make an impact.”

It connects willing volunteers with teams that focus on down-ballot races that are strategically important and winnable. Needs change depending on the race but they can include donating, phone-banking, canvassing, boosting the signal through social media, etc. They’re also concerned with reversing pro-Republican gerrymandering and making sure that districts are fairly drawn after the 2020 census info comes in.

 

See the Sister District web site:

https://www.sisterdistrict.com

 

See its Who We Are and What We Do pages:

https://www.sisterdistrict.com/who-we-are/

https://www.sisterdistrict.com/what-we-do/

 

Find your Sister District team:

https://www.sisterdistrict.com/yourdistrict/

 

Like Sister District on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/sisterdistrict/

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@Sister_District

 

Donate to Sister District:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/sdp_inc

Community Activism · Elections

Join Flippable and See Which State-Level Races Need Your Help

This OTYCD entry originally posted in December 2017.

 

Join Flippable, which alerts you to state-level house and senate races with Democratic candidates who could use your help.

 

Flippable is one of many civic-minded organizations founded in the wake of the 2016 election. It points itself at state legislative elections, an aspect of the political scene that does not get the attention that it deserves.

 

In particular, Flippable exists to rebuild our country by electing Democrats at the state level. Democrats control too few state legislatures, and it’s the states that tend to serve as a farm team for future political talent–remember that Barack Obama was an Illinois state senator before he won a special election to serve as a senator from Illinois, and moved upward and onward from there.

 

 

Visit the Flippable home page:

https://www.flippable.org

 

 

Read the Flippable blog:

https://www.flippable.org/blog/

 

 

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!

 

 

Learn about other upcoming elections that could use your help:

https://www.flippable.org/upcoming-elections/

 

 

Like Flippable on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/flippableorg

 

 

Follow Flippable on Twitter:

@flippable_org

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Celebrate Labor Day by Supporting Unions and the Fight for $15 Movement

Celebrate Labor Day by supporting those who stand up for workers: Unions,  and the Fight for $15 movement.

Are you in a union? Raise a glass to it on Labor Day and find a way to give it more support, through donating money or time or both.

 

Not in a union? Check out this Wikipedia page that lists labor unions in the U.S. Can you join one of these?

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

 

Not in a union and can’t join those unions? Get behind the Fight for $15 movement.

Launched in 2012, it’s a confederation of underpaid workers who are pushing to raise the U.S. minimum wage to $15.

 

And whether you’re in a union or not, check out the American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organization (AFL-CIO)’s rabbit-hole-worthy page, Our Labor History Timeline, which lays out the history of the U.S. labor movement:

https://aflcio.org/about/history

 

Also, read this April 2017 piece from The Guardian newspaper on modern union organizing efforts in the U.S. South:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/28/unions-us-south-fight-for-15-labor-movement

 

Learn how to form a union, courtesy of the AFL-CIO:

https://aflcio.org/form-union

 

Follow the AFL-CIO on Twitter:

@AFLCIO

 

Like it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/aflcio

 

Learn about the Fight for $15:

http://fightfor15.org/about-us/

 

Like it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Fightfor15/

 

Follow the Fight for $15 on Twitter:

@fightfor15