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Check The #GrabYourWallet Site and Avoid Giving Your Money to Trump

This OTYCD entry originally posted in January 2017.

 

An excellent way to push back against the new administration is to avoid giving your money to Trump and his children.

 

Grab Your Wallet is a peerless resource. Created in October 2016, it tells you which Trump-entangled retail establishments to avoid, and others that you could choose instead.

https://grabyourwallet.org/Boycott%20These%20Companies.html

 

It also tells you, in detail, why an entity is on the list; why others have since been removed from the list; and why still others don’t sink low enough to require a place on the list.

 

Grab Your Wallet also keeps a second list of companies with less direct links to Trump–owners or board members who raised money for his campaign, companies that have advertised on The Apprentice, and the like–that you might wish to boycott, too.

 

It has notched some notable wins lately. In early February 2017, Nordstrom, which had been on the Grab Your Wallet list, announced that it would stop carrying Ivanka Trump products. (Nordstrom stated that it was dropping the line due to poor sales, and did not acknowledge any direct effect from the boycott, but think–why were the sales poor? Surely the boycott had some effect?)

 

Nordstrom’s move has since shown how effective boycotting Trump products can be. Trump complained about Nordstrom’s treatment of Ivanka in a tweet; Trump press secretary Sean Spicer characterized the action as a “direct attack” on Trump; and senior advisor Kellyanne Conway flouted government ethics rules by blatantly telling Fox & Friends viewers to “go buy Ivanka’s stuff.” The Trump team’s reactions showed their disdain for the free market and yielded more evidence that that they do not understand, or do not care, why the government has ethics rules against profiting from holding high office.

 

Grab Your Wallet is well-curated and updated constantly. Please bookmark it, consult it, and share it.

 

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Want to Do More?

 

One Thing You Can Do‘s purpose is to help you focus. It gives you one thing you can do, every day, to push back against Trump. One thing. Every day.

So you’ve done the one thing, but you want to do more. What next?

First, subscribe to this blog and tell your friends and family about it. Share links to posts you like. Retweet our tweets (@OneThingYCD). Help grow our audience. And thank you in advance for helping spread the word.

After you do that, see our recommendations for groups, mailing lists, blogs, and other entities that will give you more things to do.

The list is not comprehensive, and it’s not meant to be. Nor is it closed. Everything is OTYCD-approved. The blog relies on many of these sources when seeking and researching subjects for future posts.

Also, scroll down for a collection of past OTYCD posts that you can still act on.

Rogan’s List blog (http://roganslist.blogspot.com)

Susan Rogan will keep you as busy as you want to be. The retired university librarian’s blog gives you more than a dozen useful nuggets of information per day, from actions to tools to organizations to join, and more. Are you extra-eager to do more? Start here. The newest daily tends to go live around 9 am EST.

Flippable (https://www.flippable.org/)

Flippable’s goal is to turn state and federal offices blue, one electoral race at a time. Its email list sends out one message per week that contains several action items. It’s especially good for learning about upcoming elections in state legislatures.

One Small Thing newsletter (http://tinyletter.com/onesmallthing)

This is an offshoot of Laura M. Browning’s Facebook group, Stronger Together. Its tagline is “Pledge to do one small thing every week to spread the love and equality that America needs right now. ” Its weekly email is charming and features valuable links and tips.

Movement to Oppose Trump (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfBigMnFKHEKMAY6q0cB1ONWiWeVluDwQtyqEtH0cZ_GZq-1A/viewform#responses)

The multi-talented Michael Skolnik releases a weekly action email with the does-just-what-it-says-on-the-box title Movement to Oppose Trump. It’s a smorgasboard of calls to action, pieces to read, resistance resources, upcoming events, social media accounts to follow, donations to make, finished with a music suggestion (late in January 2017, he pointed to Tupac’s Keep Ya Head Up).

Weekly Resistance to Trump (http://www.weekly-resistance.online)’

This web site sends a weekly email that recommends an action to take and a donation to make.

Wall-of-Us (https://www.wall-of-us.org)

Another good site that produces a weekly email containing several action items.

While it’s not the most important thing you can do to push back against Trump, it’s certainly amusing to follow @HalfOnionInABag on Twitter. It’s just that–half an onion in a bag. Its goal is to get more followers than Donald Trump to show that having a big honking Twitter audience really doesn’t mean all that much if half an onion in a bag can meet or beat Trump’s.

Here are some older OTYCD posts that you can still act on (some of these are repeats from the Your Tool Kit page):

Find your three members of Congress:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/02/02/self-advocacy-101-find-your-congressional-representatives/

Stock up on postcards and 34-cent stamps:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/02/03/stock-up-on-postcards/

Call your members of Congress to support the Presidential Conflicts of Interests Act of 2017:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/01/19/call-your-members-of-congress-to-support-the-presidential-conflicts-of-interests-act/

Call your members of Congress and defend Obamacare, aka the Affordable Care Act (ACA):

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/02/02/defend-obamacare-aka-the-affordable-care-act/

Read “Call the Halls” and follow Emily Ellsworth:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/02/02/follow-emily-ellsworth-author-of-call-the-halls/

 

Support House Rep Elijah Cummings’s call to investigate Trump’s finances:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/02/03/support-house-rep-elijah-cummingss-call-to-investigate-trumps-ethics-issues/

 

Listen to Pod Save America and Pod Save the World:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/02/04/listen-to-pod-save-america-from-the-keepin-it-1600-team/

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Feel Less Alone: Join Gene Weingarten’s Weekly Chat at the Washington Post

Join Gene Weingarten’s weekly online chats every Tuesday at noon EST at the Washington Post.

 

It pains us to admit that Trump’s victory caused something good to happen, but here it is: Trump’s election convinced humor columnist Gene Weingarten to resume his weekly online Chatological Humor chats at the Washington Post website on Tuesdays.

 

To be fair, he bills these as mini-chats. He used to do glorious longer chats every week until he accepted a buy-out from the Washington Post, and reduced them to monthlies. The raw post-Trump trauma radiating from his band of regulars convinced him to resume chatting weekly, at least for a while.

 

He says he’ll chat about anything and he pretty much does, but many of the questions he tackles are, at their core, rooted in the sentiment, “Trump. WTF? WTFF? I just–I can’t believe this.” Weingarten gamely plays the dual role of the voice of sanity and the voice of levity.

 

Weingarten’s Tuesday chats will do you good. You’ll be (virtually) surrounded by bright, fine, funny people who didn’t vote for Trump, who have come to hear live wisdom and fart jokes from a brighter, finer, funnier person who didn’t vote for Trump. If your schedule allows you to join live at noon EST, make a plan of it. Otherwise, read the transcripts.

 

Bookmark the link to the main Gene Weingarten page on the Washington Post site, through which you can join the latest Chatological Humor:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/gene-weingarten/?utm_term=.ec9d1b3c726e

 

Here is a sample mini-chat update:

https://live.washingtonpost.com/gene-weingarten-20170321.html

 

Here is a sample full-length chat:

https://live.washingtonpost.com/chatological-humor-20170328.html

 

Here is a recent Below the Beltway humor column by Weingarten:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/what-happens-when-a-humor-columnist-discovers-a-lump-in-his-throat/2017/03/24/3d522194-0027-11e7-8f41-ea6ed597e4ca_story.html?utm_term=.f81f070d467b

 

Not that you needed proof that Weingarten can write, but here’s Pearls Before Breakfast, a Washington Post feature story that earned a Pulitzer Prize:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/pearls-before-breakfast-can-one-of-the-nations-great-musicians-cut-through-the-fog-of-a-dc-rush-hour-lets-find-out/2014/09/23/8a6d46da-4331-11e4-b47c-f5889e061e5f_story.html?utm_term=.c94af1c5c515

 

And if you haven’t subscribed to the Washington Post yet, how about you take care of that now?:

https://subscribe.washingtonpost.com/loginregistration/index.html#/register/group/default?destination=http:%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Fpb%2Fhomepage%2F

 

The caricature of Weingarten appears on his landing page.

 

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Read George Lakoff’s ‘Don’t Think of An Elephant! Know Your Values and Frame the Debate’ 10th Anniversary Edition

This OTYCD entry originally posted in June 2017.

 

Stop whatever it is you’re doing, get a copy of the 10th anniversary edition of Don’t Think of an Elephant! by George Lakoff, clear your schedule, and read it. If you already own it, reread it and refresh yourself on it. Do not stop rereading it until you are fully fluent in its concepts. If you are fluent in its concepts, buy and give the book to someone else who isn’t.

 

Lakoff is a cognitive scientist and linguist. He knows what the rest of us know all too well: left-leaning folks suck at messaging. Unlike the rest of us, he has solid ideas about how to fix it.

 

In one slim, elegant volume, Lakoff lays out what the right-leaning folks are doing successfully; why they are successful; and what we can learn from them.

 

Best of all, he shows how left-leaning values are American values and gives us all hope that we can reclaim the national debate by reframing the national debate. It’s doable. It won’t be easy, but it is doable.

 

While there’s too much to summarize, a big thing to remember is to flatly refuse to embrace and repeat language popularized by right-wingers. Using their language validates the screwy ideas they embody. We need to devise and repeat our own language,  and it can’t just be a mess of talking points–it has to spring from an authentic, cohesive worldview. Conveniently, Lakoff shows how the left does in fact have one, and he talks about how to articulate and defend it.

 

This is a direct order: Read Don’t Think of an Elephant! and make it the engine that drives your activism.

 

Buy the 10th anniversary edition of Don’t Think of an Elephant! Know Your Values and Frame the Debate through Powell’s (this is the 2014 edition):

 

http://www.powells.com/book/dont-think-of-an-elephant-10th-anniversary-edition-know-your-values-frame-the-debate-9781603585941/62-0

 

Read Lakoff’s blog:

https://georgelakoff.com/blog/

 

Like him on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/George-Lakoff-Official-165643503477608/

 

Follow him on Twitter:

@GeorgeLakoff

 

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