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Escape Your Bubble: Support Republican Women for Progress

This OTYCD post originally appeared in June 2018.

 

Escape your bubble by checking out and supporting Republican Women for Progress (RWFP).

 

RWFP is the successor organization to Republican Women for Hillary. Founded in May 2016 by Jennifer Pierotti Lim (who spoke on the closing night of the Democratic National Convention) and Meghan Milloy. It proves that liberal Republicans aren’t dead, and it’s devoted to supporting Republican women who share its decidedly unTrumpy, markedly saner vision for the party of Lincoln.

 

Obligatory warning, with apologies for bonking you over the head with this: RWFP is the creation of Republicans. Its founders hold at least some different political beliefs than you do. That means they’ll sometimes say things and do things that don’t match your beliefs, and might piss you off well and thoroughly. That’s ok. Really, it’s OK. You’re being asked to look at what they’re doing and support what you like, not endorse every last little everything they do. They understand 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.

 

Read assorted articles about the origin and the evolution of RWFP:

http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2017/06/republican_women_for_progress_want_to_take_the_gop_back_from_trump.html

https://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/08/09/conversations-what-made-two-republican-women-back-hillary-clinton/?_r=1

http://www.marieclaire.com/politics/news/a23128/im-a-republican-voting-for-hillary-clinton/

 

 

Visit the home page:

https://gopwomenforprogress.org

 

 

Follow RWFP on Twitter:

@RWFProgress

 

 

Like it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/republicanwomenforprogress/

 

 

Donate to its Crowdpac page:

https://www.crowdpac.com/communities/rwfp

 

 

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Listen to Stay Tuned With Preet Bharara

This OTYCD entry originally posted in October 2017.

Download and listen to Stay Tuned with Preet Bharara, a podcast by the former New York federal prosecutor. 

When he served as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Bharara got a reputation as a crusader. He pursued corruption cases against Democrats and Republicans. He also brought more than 100 Wall Streeters to court over assorted financial shenanigans. He sued banks and Russian money launderers. He went after several people involved in the Bernie Madoff scandal.

In March 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered Bharara and the 45 other U.S. Attorneys appointed under President Obama to resign–this despite the fact that he had met Donald Trump in New York in November 2016, and he assured him he could stay on. Bharara refused to resign, so he was fired.

As of September 2017, Bharara is dishing about fairness and justice through his podcast, Stay Tuned with Preet Bharara. The debut episode is devoted to his firing.

It should be worth a listen. Check it out.

 

Download Stay Tuned with Preet Bharara from iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/stay-tuned-with-preet/id1265845136?mt=2

 

Read more about Bharara and the launch of the podcast, plus some stories that mention that CNN has hired him:

http://www.vulture.com/2017/08/preet-bharara-launches-stay-tuned-with-preet-podcast-on-wnyc.html

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-20/preet-bharara-s-first-podcast-tells-tale-of-firing-by-trump

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/09/cnn-hires-preet-bharara-former-u-s-attorney-fired-by-trump.html

 

Here also is a May 2016 profile of Bharara from the New Yorker:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/05/09/the-man-who-terrifies-wall-street

 

Also, follow him on Twitter:

@PreetBharara

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Learn from Daryl Davis, A Black Man Who Convinced More Than Two Dozen KKK Members to Leave the Group

This OTYCD entry originally posted in April 2017.

 

Learn from Daryl Davis, a black musician who has devoted himself to convincing white supremacists to leave the Ku Klux Klan, with surprising success.

 

In a February 2017 Atlantic magazine article titled ‘Every Racist I Know Voted for Donald Trump’, Conor Friedersdorf spoke with Davis about his approach. The piece contains wisdom that you can apply when speaking to family and friends who voted for Trump, and even in conversations with diehards.

 

To summarize Friedersdorf’s distillation of Davis’s approach:

Before you engage, be as familiar with the other person’s position as you are with your own.

Invite them to a conversation–NOT a debate.

Look for things you and they have in common.

Keep talking, even if you have to break off and resume later in the week, or the month, or the year. Being able to keep a conversation going–however tumultuous–is better than refusing to talk. Silence can lead to violence.

Stay patient.

Make deliberate efforts to escape your bubble.

If you argue, don’t condescend.

Let the other person explain their cause. Don’t explain it for them.

 

You may never get as good at talking to your opponents as Davis is–some klansmen have given him their old uniforms as they abandon their bigoted beliefs. But if you can reach even a few people, and get them to think and engage, that is a victory in and of itself.

 

 

Read ‘Every Racist I Know Voted for Donald Trump’:

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/02/every-racist-i-know-voted-for-donald-trump/516420/?utm_source=feed

 

 

Listen to the episodes of the Love + Radio podcasts where Davis talks about his adventures at length:

http://loveandradio.org/2017/02/how-to-argue/

 

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!

 

 

Purchase and read Davis’s book, Klan-Destine Relationships: A Black Man’s Odyssey in the Ku Klux Klan (warning: As of April 2017, it’s out of print and pricey):

https://www.amazon.com/Klan-Destine-Relationships-Black-Mans-Odyssey/dp/0882822691

 

 

Visit Davis’s web site:

http://www.daryldavis.com

Action Alerts · Community Activism

Read This Moving Piece On the Challenges Ex-Evangelicals Face

This OTYCD entry originally posted in June 2017.

Read Where Do Ex-Evangelicals Come From?, a moving, insightful piece on the challenges and baked-in difficulties of leaving an evangelical Christian community.

 

Christopher Stroop is an ex-evangelical who writes the blog Not Your Mission Field. His June post provides a cogent look into the evangelical mindset, and why it is so incredibly tough and traumatic for those raised in an evangelical community to leave it. (This relates back to politics in that evangelicals and fundamentalists embraced Trump in overwhelming numbers; the rigidity of their worldview is a feature, not a bug.)

 

If you have friends who have left or are trying to leave an evangelical community, it will help you see what they’re up against (it’s a lot). It also offers advice on how to help them in their journey out. Key passage here:

 

 

“With respect to those you may know who may be thinking of leaving, or who are leaving, or who have recently left, offer them your care, empathy, and support. Listening to them is more important than anything you can say to them, but do let them know that there is meaningful life outside fundamentalism, and that they do not have to give up faith in Jesus or Christianity altogether in order to leave behind the toxic fundamentalist variety. It is my firm conviction that we must validate both religious and non-religious paths out of fundamentalism. Finally, in order to reach and help those you do not know personally, do what you can to highlight ex-Evangelical and ex-fundamentalist voices and stories so that those who are doubting or looking for a way to leave can become aware of the possibilities and of the resources available to them. For many of us, knowing we’re not alone and connecting with others are key to healing.”

 

 

Read Where Do Ex-Evangelicals Come From?:

Where Do Ex-Evangelicals Come From?

 

 

Visit his web page:

https://chrisstroop.com

 

 

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!

 

 

Donate to Christopher Stroop:

https://www.patreon.com/cstroop

 

 

Follow him on Twitter:

@C_Stroop