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Impeachment Inquiry, December 12 Update (The House of Representatives Votes Soon, Possibly Today)

 

Call your Members of Congress (MoCs) to express support for the impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives, and encourage all your friends across the country to do the same. 

 

Also, your 2019 To-Do List:

https://onethingyoucando.com/your-2019-to-do-list/

 

And if you need to do something NowRightNow to fight against [Fresh Horror]:

https://onethingyoucando.com/want-to-do-more/

 

On December 10, the House Judiciary Committee unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Trump: one for abuse of power, and another for obstruction of Congress.

 

Both are specific to the issues surrounding the withholding of aid to Ukraine.

 

Soon, the House will vote on these two articles of impeachment.

 

Know also that the night before the vote, MoveOn will hold Nobody Is Above the Law protest events across America in support of the impeachment proceedings.

 

Holding it the night before the vote—which could happen as soon as Thursday, December 12, 2019—is logistically difficult for many because of the elasticity of the date. But if you can attend, please do. If you can’t, please help others attend by watching their kids, giving them time off work, paying for their gas and parking, or whatever else works.

 

You can find your nearest protest location here: https://front.moveon.org

 

And of course, what you need to be doing now is what you’ve been doing these past several weeks: calling your MoCs every day to support the impeachment inquiry, and asking friends and family, particularly those in red states, to do the same.

 

Yes, you need to do this even though only the House of Representatives is directly involved right now. Once the House drafts articles of impeachment, they go to the Senate, where the 100 senators serve as a jury. Even though it’s not the Senate’s turn yet, you need to pressure your Senators and keep impeachment on their radar.

 

Yes, you need to make these calls even if you have bullheaded blood-red GOP Senators. Their offices log all the calls they get on various issues, even if they don’t agree with the stances of the constituents who call. You can pressure them and make them sweat through the brute force of the volume of the calls.

 

Before you call, check the Twitter feed of Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter), so you can tailor your comment about the impeachment inquiry to the day’s events. 

 

She is quick on the draw with calling scripts–way faster than I could ever hope to be–and will have a template you can use or adapt when making your calls to MoCs.

 

Even if she doesn’t have a specific template, she will retweet and comment on events that you can cite in your new daily call.

 

If she goes silent (she has deadlines to meet before the year ends and might not be on Twitter every day), look to the resources cited in our post on what you can do NowRightNow to fight [Fresh Horror] for fresh news you can cite. The link is above but here it is again:

 

https://onethingyoucando.com/want-to-do-more/

 

If you’ve ignored all the OTYCD posts urging you to call on impeachment to date, now is the time to get involved. Trumpistas will, are, and will continue to ring the offices of their members of Congress to scream and bleat and threaten as impeachment comes to a head in the House; it’s extra-important for you to step up and voice your support, for that very reason.

 

Important backstory: Impeachment starts in the House of Representatives before moving to the Senate. An impeachment inquiry, which is what’s happening now, is pretty much like the grand jury stage of legal proceedings—witnesses are called, and a fair amount is done in secret.

 

When you hear the phrase “impeachment and removal,” that refers to the House acting to impeach and the Senate voting to remove Trump from the office of the president. While the U.S. Congress has impeached presidents, none have been removed—they’ve either quit before the Senate trial and vote, or the Senate voted to acquit.

 

Only the House is actively involved in impeachment proceedings right now. Your House rep may be in a position to act on the impeachment inquiry. Your calls to your rep should focus on things your rep can do.

 

You should call your Senators even though the Senate is not involved yet. These calls should start with “I realize the House is still working on impeachment” or some other statement that recognizes it’s not yet with the Senate.

 

Rephrase your statement for your House rep in terms that ask your Senators to publicly support the recent actions of House Dems, or to make note of the recent actions and ready themselves to be jurors.

 

Another point I like to hit when talking to my Senators, who are both Dems, is to talk to their GOP colleagues. I’ve asked them to stress the fact that we’ve had almost three years to watch Trump’s performance in the job, and the only thing he’s learning is how to stifle oversight and abuse the powers of the presidency more effectively. I also ask them to voice the fact that things are only going to get worse, not better, until Trump is impeached and removed.

 

Point friends and family to Celeste’s feed as well, or copy and paste Pewter’s latest script and send it to them, if that works best.

 

Making phone calls is still the best way to reach your MoCs. If it’s after hours or a weekend, leave a voicemail. If you can’t call your reps, email them.

 

Help friends find their MoCs and the relevant contact information for each of the three.

 

Give them all the help and support they need to make the calls. Don’t nag. Just encourage, and celebrate every action they take.

 

After you make your daily MoC calls, please show your appreciation for Celeste Pewter in some fashion.

 

You can follow her on Twitter: @Celeste_Pewter

 

You can donate money to her through her Ko-fi:

https://ko-fi.com/A012IFW

 

You can tweet about calling your MoCs, using the #ICalledMyReps hashtag.

 

You can follow @ICalledMyReps on Twitter.

 

And you can subscribe to her peerless newsletter, It’s Time to Fight:

http://itstimetofight.weebly.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!

 

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Impeachment Inquiry, December 11 Update (We Have Articles of Impeachment at Last)

 

Call your Members of Congress (MoCs) to express support for the impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives, and encourage all your friends across the country to do the same. 

 

Also, your 2019 To-Do List:

https://onethingyoucando.com/your-2019-to-do-list/

 

And if you need to do something NowRightNow to fight against [Fresh Horror]:

https://onethingyoucando.com/want-to-do-more/

 

On December 10, the House Judiciary Committee unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Trump: one for abuse of power, and another for obstruction of Congress.

 

Both are specific to the issues surrounding the withholding of aid to Ukraine.

 

Soon, the House will vote on these two articles of impeachment.

 

Know also that the night before the vote, MoveOn will hold Nobody Is Above the Law protest events across America in support of the impeachment proceedings.

 

Holding it the night before the vote—which could happen as soon as Thursday, December 12, 2019—is logistically difficult for many because of the elasticity of the date. But if you can attend, please do. If you can’t, please help others attend by watching their kids, giving them time off work, paying for their gas and parking, or whatever else works.

 

You can find your nearest protest location here: https://front.moveon.org

 

And of course, what you need to be doing now is what you’ve been doing these past several weeks: calling your MoCs every day to support the impeachment inquiry, and asking friends and family, particularly those in red states, to do the same.

 

Yes, you need to do this even though only the House of Representatives is directly involved right now. Once the House drafts articles of impeachment, they go to the Senate, where the 100 senators serve as a jury. Even though it’s not the Senate’s turn yet, you need to pressure your Senators and keep impeachment on their radar.

 

Yes, you need to make these calls even if you have bullheaded blood-red GOP Senators. Their offices log all the calls they get on various issues, even if they don’t agree with the stances of the constituents who call. You can pressure them and make them sweat through the brute force of the volume of the calls.

 

Before you call, check the Twitter feed of Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter), so you can tailor your comment about the impeachment inquiry to the day’s events. 

 

She is quick on the draw with calling scripts–way faster than I could ever hope to be–and will have a template you can use or adapt when making your calls to MoCs.

 

Even if she doesn’t have a specific template, she will retweet and comment on events that you can cite in your new daily call.

 

If she goes silent (she has deadlines to meet before the year ends and might not be on Twitter every day), look to the resources cited in our post on what you can do NowRightNow to fight [Fresh Horror] for fresh news you can cite. The link is above but here it is again:

 

https://onethingyoucando.com/want-to-do-more/

 

 

Important backstory: Impeachment starts in the House of Representatives before moving to the Senate. An impeachment inquiry, which is what’s happening now, is pretty much like the grand jury stage of legal proceedings—witnesses are called, and a fair amount is done in secret.

 

When you hear the phrase “impeachment and removal,” that refers to the House acting to impeach and the Senate voting to remove Trump from the office of the president. While the U.S. Congress has impeached presidents, none have been removed—they’ve either quit before the Senate trial and vote, or the Senate voted to acquit.

 

Only the House is actively involved in impeachment proceedings right now. Your House rep may be in a position to act on the impeachment inquiry. Your calls to your rep should focus on things your rep can do.

 

You should call your Senators even though the Senate is not involved yet. These calls should start with “I realize the House is still working on impeachment” or some other statement that recognizes it’s not yet with the Senate.

 

Rephrase your statement for your House rep in terms that ask your Senators to publicly support the recent actions of House Dems, or to make note of the recent actions and ready themselves to be jurors.

 

Another point I like to hit when talking to my Senators, who are both Dems, is to talk to their GOP colleagues. I’ve asked them to stress the fact that we’ve had almost three years to watch Trump’s performance in the job, and the only thing he’s learning is how to stifle oversight and abuse the powers of the presidency more effectively. I also ask them to voice the fact that things are only going to get worse, not better, until Trump is impeached and removed.

 

Point friends and family to Celeste’s feed as well, or copy and paste Pewter’s latest script and send it to them, if that works best.

 

Making phone calls is still the best way to reach your MoCs. If it’s after hours or a weekend, leave a voicemail. If you can’t call your reps, email them.

 

Help friends find their MoCs and the relevant contact information for each of the three.

 

Give them all the help and support they need to make the calls. Don’t nag. Just encourage, and celebrate every action they take.

 

After you make your daily MoC calls, please show your appreciation for Celeste Pewter in some fashion.

 

You can follow her on Twitter: @Celeste_Pewter

 

You can donate money to her through her Ko-fi:

https://ko-fi.com/A012IFW

 

You can tweet about calling your MoCs, using the #ICalledMyReps hashtag.

 

You can follow @ICalledMyReps on Twitter.

 

And you can subscribe to her peerless newsletter, It’s Time to Fight:

http://itstimetofight.weebly.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!

 

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Attend a Lights for Liberty Protest Near You on Friday, July 12

Attend a Lights for Liberty protest near you on Friday, July 12.

 

The protest’s full name is Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps. Events that draw attention to the crisis created by the camps and by the Trump administration’s policies are planned across America and the world.

 

Because these protests are vigils, most events will take place at night, and many will take place near facilities that are holding migrants.

 

Events are being added all the time. We’re dropping the direct link to the event list here but will repeat it below.

https://www.lightsforliberty.org/localevents

 

If you can go, please consider inviting friends and family to come with you. You have power, and now is the time to use it.

 

If you can’t go, and you have experience with caring for children, consider offering to babysit for other protestors.

 

You can also boost #LightsforLiberty on social media, buy Lights for Liberty merch, and donate to the organizers.

 

Main website for Lights for Liberty:

https://www.lightsforliberty.org

 

List of Lights for Liberty local events:

https://www.lightsforliberty.org/localevents

 

Link to the form through which you can create your own Lights for Liberty event (please scroll down; please remember to obtain any permissions or permits you might need; and please choose an area that’s accessible to the disabled):

https://www.lightsforliberty.org/localevents

 

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 Lights for Liberty:

https://www.lightsforliberty.org/donate-index-impact

 

Purchase Lights for Liberty merch:

https://shop.spreadshirt.com/lights-for-liberty/

 

Like the Lights for Liberty Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/lights4liberty/

 

Follow Lights for Liberty on Twitter:

@Lights4Liberty

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Learn from How Italians Ultimately Defeated Silvio Berlusconi

This OTYCD entry originally posted in January 2017.

 

Trump has been likened to Hitler, Mussolini, and other 20th-century autocrats, but his closest analog is Silvio Berlusconi, the blustering, womanizing media mogul who served as Italy’s prime minister from 1994 to 2001.

 

In this November 2016 New York Times op-ed, Luigi Zingales shows us how to avoid the mistakes of Berlusconi opponents, which had the effect of prolonging his grip on power.

The key point to remember:

 

Attack what Trump does, not who he is. Yes, he’s morally bankrupt. Yes, he’s an awful human being. Yes, he’s unbelievably ignorant. Yes, his view of women is horrific. Yes, his twitter-squawkings are insane. Yes, he looks goddamn ridiculous.

 

If you need to complain about things like that, vent in a private Facebook group, or some other protected space. Empty it from your mind, then go out and shine a light on what he is doing, and explain why what he’s doing is bad.

 

You need to do it in a way that spotlights the consequences of his actions as president, and not on why Trump, the man, is repugnant. The instant you start attacking his character, you make him sympathetic. It’s not fair, but it’s what it is. The anti-Berlusconi crowd made that mistake and got seven years of his rule. Do you want eight years of Trump? Then lay off.

 

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Wear Orange On June 7 For National Gun Violence Awareness Day

This OTYCD piece originally ran in May 2018. It has been updated for 2019.

 

Plan to wear orange on June 7 to support National Gun Violence Awareness Day, and see if there’s a Wear Orange Weekend event near you.

 

The Wear Orange movement is an effort championed by Everytown for Gun Safety, but not started by it. The movement began with those who mourned the death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, who was killed in Chicago in 2013 one week after she participated in President Obama’s second inaugural parade. They donned orange in her honor, and orange became the color of the anti-gun violence movement.

 

Several #WearOrange events have been planned across the country to raise awareness about gun violence and demand a safer world. They include parades, barbecues, rallies, marches, and more.

 

To find an event near you, enter your zip code into the search engine at this link:

https://wearorange.org

 

 

 

And of course you can follow the #WearOrange hashtag on social media.

 

 

See the Wear Orange homepage:

https://wearorange.org

 

 

See the Wear Orange About page:

https://wearorange.org/about/

 

 

Buy merch in the Wear Orange shop:

Wear Orange Collection

 

 

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Need to Protest? Are Your Feet Itching to March? Check Out Resistance Calendar

Feeling the need to protest? Are your feet itching to march? Just want to know what else is going on? Pull up the Resistance Calendar site and see what’s happening soon near you.

 

The Resistance Calendar lists a wide range of events–not just marches, protests, and rallies.

 

It’ll show you phone-banking events, canvasses, town halls, organization meetings, postcard-writing parties, block walks, interfaith gatherings, brunches, lectures, even bowl-a-thons.

 

It lets you search by date and lets you filter by location from a range of five miles to 500. You can add events as well.

 

It’s so comprehensive that you can look at your own calendar, find the emptier dates, and check Resistance Calendar on those dates to see what it’s got to offer then. Even if you don’t RSVP, you’ll get a good view of what’s happening near you.

 

 

Visit the Resistance Calendar homepage:

http://www.resistancecalendar.org

 

 

Like Resistance Calendar on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/resistancecalendar

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Prepare For A Rapid Response In Case Trump Fires Special Counsel Bob Mueller, or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Or… (Updated April 2018)

This OTYCD entry originally posted in November 2017.

 

Update, mid-April 2018: This update is just to reflect that the scope of the actions covered by the rapid response plan has expanded.

Be prepared to act if:

Trump fires Special Counsel Robert Mueller

OR

Trump fires Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

OR

Trump attempts to compromise the Mueller investigation by other means.

 

As of mid-April 2018, more than 300,000 people have RSVPed to the Nobody Is Above The Law website coordinated by MoveOn.org.

 

To RSVP and learn where your nearest rally site is, follow the link below. Also, scroll down this OTYCD page for specific time-linked instructions on what to do and when.

https://act.moveon.org/event/mueller-firing-rapid-response-events/search/

 

Update, mid-March 2018: After the FBI carried out the firing of already-outgoing deputy director Andrew McCabe on March 16, 2018, John Dowd, Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, urged Rod Rosenstein to end the probe led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

 

When asked for comment on a Trump tweet about the firing, Dowd wrote, “I pray that Acting Attorney General Rosenstein will follow the brilliant and courageous example of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility and Attorney General Jeff Sessions and bring an end to alleged Russia Collusion investigation manufactured by McCabe’s boss James Comey based upon a fraudulent and corrupt Dossier.”

 

See an article about the Dowd statement by The Daily Beast:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trumps-lawyer-its-time-to-fire-robert-mueller

 

For this reason, we at OTYCD are asking you all to refresh yourself on where you’re gathering if Rosenstein fires Mueller; to consider RSVPing to the link below if you haven’t yet; to start or restart talking about your walkout plans with friends and family; and to start or finish getting your protest signs ready.

 

 

Update, January 2018: On the evening of Thursday, January 25, 2018, news broke that President Trump attempted to fire Robert Mueller in June 2017.

 

Only the refusal of White House counsel Don McGahn stayed his hand (Trump evidently wanted McGahn to carry out the action; McGahn refused and threatened to quit.)

 

See the New York Times story on the incident:

 

As we ready this update, more than 180,000 people have signed on to join Nobody is Above the Law rallies. Please consider doing so if you haven’t yet.

 

Learn what to do if Trump actually up and fires special counsel Bob Mueller. Be ready to act on the spot.

 

The Minutemen of Massachusetts got their name because they stood ready to muster against their British overseers at a moment’s notice.

 

This is the modern version of the Minutemen militia–you need to be ready, at a moment’s notice, to muster and defend our democracy if Trump actually does the second-dumbest thing he could possibly do and fires Mueller.

 

Moveon.org has detailed plans to hold emergency ‘Nobody is Above the Law’ rallies if this happens.

 

Below is a link to a map with a search tool that will show you where your nearest rally would be held if Trump fires Mueller (and let’s hope fervently that it never happens).

 

Here also are general instructions from Moveon.org:

 

Rallies will begin hours after news breaks of a Mueller firing:

  • If Mueller is fired BEFORE 2 P.M. local time —>  events will begin @ 5 P.M. local time
  • If Mueller is fired AFTER 2 P.M. local time —> events will begin @ noon local time the following day
    • This is the general plan—please confirm details on your event page, as individual hosts may tailor their events to their local plan.

 

 

Again, we at OTYCD hope this plan will never need to be enacted. But we also think it’s a good idea to think about your daily patterns and cross-match them against the map, so you can make sure you can get to what would be the event closest to you.

 

 

See where your nearest emergency rally would take place:

https://act.moveon.org/event/mueller-firing-rapid-response-events/search/

 

 

This link includes organizational materials, including training videos, images to share on social media, de-escalation tips, and a downloadable sign:

https://act.moveon.org/survey/mueller-firing-rapid-response-materials/?

 

 

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