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Join A No War With Iran Protest TODAY, January 9, 2020. Events Start at 5 pm Local Time, Wherever You Are

Join a No War With Iran protest TODAY, January 9, 2020. The events will start at 5 pm your local time, whatever time zone you are in.

 

Sarah Jane here. I cleared my after-dinner schedule for January 7 to make time to juggle the OTYCD queue to spread the word about these anti-war protests.

 

Then Iran struck back, as we had all expected.

 

So, yeah. These protests are even more timely than they were when they were originally planned.

 

These protests are another MoveOn.org action, in conjunction with Indivisible, Win Without War, NIAC Action, and more.

 

The website is: nowarwithiran.org.

 

Go here and plug in your zip code to find the protest site nearest you. No doubt, many more will be added in the hours leading up to the 5 pm go-time.

 

If you can’t attend, think about how you might be able to help others attend–offering rides, parking and gas money, taking over caregiving duties, whatever works.

 

If you can’t attend and can’t assist in that manner, spread the word about the protests on social media and boost the protests as they take place today, starting at 5 pm.

 

And! Don’t forget to call your members of Congress–your House Rep and both your Senators–to voice your opposition to possible war with Iran.

 

Please see Celeste Pewter’s feed on Twitter (@Celeste_Pewter) for up-to-date scripts.

 

If you’re seeing this post after hours, still call your Congressfolk, but leave them voice mail messages.

 

If their voice mail is full, use the email message function on their official web pages.

 

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Join a No War With Iran Protest Tomorrow, January 9, 2020, at 5 pm at Your Local Time

Join a No War With Iran protest on January 9, 2020. They will start at 5 pm your local time, whatever time zone you are in.

 

Sarah Jane here. I cleared my after-dinner schedule for January 7 to make time to juggle the OTYCD queue to spread the word about these anti-war protests.

 

Then Iran struck back, as we had all expected.

 

So, yeah. These protests are even more timely than they were when they were originally planned.

 

These protests are another MoveOn.org action, in conjunction with Indivisible, Win Without War, NIAC Action, and more.

 

The website is: nowarwithiran.org.

 

Go here and plug in your zip code to find the protest site nearest you. No doubt, many more will be added in the hours leading up to Thursday.

 

If you can’t attend, think about how you might be able to help others attend–offering rides, parking and gas money, taking over caregiving duties, whatever works.

 

If you can’t attend and can’t assist in that manner, spread the word about the protests on social media and boost the protests as they take place on January 9.

 

And! Don’t forget to call your members of Congress–your House Rep and both your Senators–to voice your opposition to possible war with Iran.

 

Please see Celeste Pewter’s feed on Twitter (@Celeste_Pewter) for up-to-date scripts.

 

If you’re seeing this post after hours, still call your Congressfolk, but leave them voice mail messages.

 

If their voice mail is full, use the email message function on their official web pages.

 

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A Believe It: You Matter Two-fer to Use When Talking to Friends and Family About Voting in 2020

A Believe It: You Matter two-fer–a pair of past BI:YM pieces to reference when talking to friends and family about voting in 2020, especially those who have voted Republican in the past, or the recent past. 

 

The first is The GOP Really Is That Bad, and it explains why some people have kept voting Republican despite what they do when they get into office–at least some of those people simply can’t believe that they want to destroy Medicare, Social Security, etc. In other words, they can’t wrap their heads around the notion of public servants supporting things that are so obviously wrong, and even evil. Use the information in this entry to help disabuse them of that.

 

The second is The “May Contain Peanuts” Presidency, and it gets at a problem with Trump that might resonate with people who want smaller government and fewer regulations: Trump’s norm-breaking and rule-flouting will FORCE us to pass laws to penalize behavior that every sane, decent individual knows not to do anyway.

 

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Believe It, You Matter, Part VIII: No Matter What the Polls Say, Act Like Your Candidates Are Ten Points Behind

This OTYCD post originally appeared in August 2018. As we head into 2020, and the fight that it promises, it’s time to repost some classics.

 

No matter what the polls say, always act like your candidates are ten points behind.

 

If you’ve been watching the polls on “generic Democratic Congressional candidates” vs the GOP, you know that they’ve been all over the place–sometimes giving the Dems a huge lead, sometimes showing the GOP closing the gap.

 

Ignore those polls.

 

Ok, let’s be more specific. No matter what’s happening with the polls, always act like the candidates you’re supporting are ten points behind. Even if they’re not.

 

2018 promises to be the most consequential midterm election in several decades, and possibly the most consequential since midterms began. [Do I need to tell you that 2020 will be bigger than 2018? Yeah.]

 

You need to focus and stay focused on your candidates. (You’re using the Core Four technique, yes?)

 

Keep talking to friends and family about them. Keep volunteering for them. Keep donating to them regularly (small sums given monthly are better than a big lump sum given once). Keep boosting them on social media.

 

Stick to your schedule of self-imposed breaks. Burnout is a thing. We need you. Yes, things are bad and this election is crucial, but still, don’t try to do everything all the time or you won’t be able to do anything.

 

And! Keep talking to friends and family about voting, and make sure everyone you know is registered to vote, knows where the polling place is, and knows how they’re getting there on the day.

 

Polls say many things. Don’t be lulled into complacency if your candidates are doing well.  Keep putting in the same amount of time, money, and effort that you’ve put in all along, and encourage everyone you know who’s game to do more than show up and vote to do whatever else they’re willing to do, whatever that is.

 

Stay strong. Stay steady. Stay focused.

 

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Invite a Friend to Come With You to Marches

This OTYCD entry originally posted in July 2017.

 

Are you going to a protest or a march in your area? Invite at least one friend to come with you.

 

First, please read the post titled Learn to Welcome People to the Movement, Period, Full Stop:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/04/03/learn-to-welcome-others-to-the-movement-period-full-stop-2/

 

Part of your power is the power to encourage others to join you in protest. If you’re going to any of the marches this month, make a point of inviting others to come with you. If you’ve already invited people to come with you, try to add someone who has never come to a protest march before, or hasn’t come to one in the Trump era.

 

Be prepared to offer extra help. Do they need a ride? Do they need money for lunch or snacks? Do they need cold-weather gear? See what you can do to remove whatever’s standing in the way of their participation.

 

It’s not about offering someone an engraved invitation. It’s about using your power as someone your friend respects and trusts for good. You matter, and they matter. Going to protests matter. Join forces and do so together.

 

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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

 

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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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GOOD UPDATE! Gil Cisneros WON His Race for the House Seat in California’s 39th District

Update March 24, 2019: YES YES YES! Democrat Gil Cisneros defeated Republican Young Kim for the House seat vacated by Republican Ed Royce. Cisneros pulled in 51.6 percent of the vote to Kim’s 48.4 percent.

 

Cisneros faces re-election in 2020. Please consider him for your next Core Four.

 

Original text of the post follows.

 

Support Democrat Gil Cisneros, who’s running for the House of Representatives seat in California’s 39th District that Republican Ed Royce is leaving.

 

To flip the House of Representatives to Democratic control, the party needs to win at least 24 seats in the fall elections that are currently Republican.

 

California offers many opportunities for Democratic pickups–at least eight. The 39th District is one of them. Ed Royce, a particularly noxious Republican who held the Orange County seat for the last 26 years has announced he would retire.

 

Cisneros came second in a very crowded June 5 primary. California uses a top-two system where the two candidates who get the most votes advance to the general, no matter what party they’re from. He beat 15 other candidates to earn the right to compete.

 

The only person who got more votes than him, the Royce-endorsed Young Kim, drew almost 22 percent of the vote to Cisneros’s 19.3 percent.

 

The California 39th seat is gettable. The Cook Political Report rates it as a Toss-up.

 

Please learn about Cisneros and see if he is someone you can support.

 

 

See Cisneros’s campaign site:

https://cisnerosforcongress.com

 

 

See his Meet Gil page:

https://cisnerosforcongress.com/meet-gil/

 

 

See his Issues page, which includes sections on health care for all, getting corporate money out of politics, and holding President Trump accountable:

https://cisnerosforcongress.com/gilsplan/

 

 

Donate to Cisneros’s campaign:

https://secure.ngpvan.com/cS9iYUBauE2-Znc9wKbzkA2

 

 

Choose Cisneros for your Core Four:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/04/08/choose-your-core-four-for-2018/

 

 

Like him on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/GilCisnerosCA/

 

 

Follow him on Twitter:

@GilCisnerosCA

 

 

Read a July 2017 Los Angeles Times piece about Cisneros’s entry into the race, in which he mentions that he left the Republican Party in 2008 because he didn’t like the direction in which the party was going:

http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-ed-royce-challenger-gil-1500080377-htmlstory.html

 

 

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Read stories about Ed Royce’s retirement from Congress:

http://www.anaheimblog.net/2018/01/10/veteran-rep-ed-royce-wont-run-for-re-election/

https://www.ocregister.com/2018/01/08/ed-royce-longtime-o-c-congressman-plans-to-retire/