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Support Build the Wave, Which Gets Grassroots Volunteers Involved in Critical 2018 Races

Support Build the Wave, an organization that gets grassroots volunteers involved in critical 2018 races.

 

Build the Wave is yet another org created by campaign veterans who are doing an end run around the standing but rusty and expensive traditional political infrastructure and getting real people involved in races across America that need their help.

 

It’s all about the grassroots–the small-dollar donors, the digital activists, the tech-savvy, and the countless alarmed folks who want to do their bit to defend small-d democracy in the wake of Trump’s 2016 election.

 

Build the Wave’s clearest high-profile result was the narrow special election victory of Democrat Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania in March. Almost 250 of its volunteers sent more than 94,000 texts encouraging folks to vote. Its texting campaign reached a third of all of those who cast their ballots for Lamb. Its Facebook ads reached about 23,000, and its Lamb-related Twitter posts got more than 3 million impressions.

 

 

Visit the webpage for Build the Wave:

https://www.buildthewave.org

 

 

Learn how Build the Wave contributed to Conor Lamb’s victory:

https://www.buildthewave.org/conor-lamb

 

 

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Donate to Build the Wave:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/az-poll?refcode=website

 

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@BuildTheWave

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Support Democrat Zach Wahls’s Campaign to Become an Iowa State Senator

Support Zach Wahls, a Democrat who’s running for a seat in Iowa’s state senate.

 

Wahls, the son of lesbian parents, gained national prominence in 2011 when he defended gay marriage in a speech before the Judiciary Committee of the Iowa House of Representatives. Footage of his speech became the most-watched political video on YouTube that year.

 

He co-founded Scouts for Equality, a non-profit that successfully urged the Boy Scouts of America to reconsider its policies on gay scouts and volunteers. (Wahls is an Eagle Scout.)

 

Now 26, he’s running for to represent Iowa’s 37th in its state senate.

 

He won his early June primary and will face a Libertarian incumbent on November 6, 2018. If he wins, he’d be Iowa’s youngest state senator.

 

Wahls hopes to improve mental health services in his state and hopes to restore full funding to Planned Parenthood. He opposes the Trump-GOP attempts to destroy the Affordable Care Act in part because it would devastate rural hospitals. He’s a Moms Demand Action Gun Sense candidate.

 

He supports collective bargaining rights and a higher minimum wage. He decries the actions of Immigration, Customs, and Enforcement (ICE) and opposes its attempts to deputize Iowa police. He favors affordable college tuition and universal pre-K. He would boost efforts to improve Iowa’s water quality and maintain its role as a wind energy producer.

 

See Wahls’s campaign site:

https://www.zachwahlsforiowa.com

 

 

See his Meet Zach page:

https://www.zachwahlsforiowa.com/meet-zach/

 

 

See his Issues page:

https://www.zachwahlsforiowa.com/issues/

 

 

Donate to his campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/zachwahlsforiowa?refcode=website&auto=&amount=50

 

Buy his campaign merch:

https://store.zachwahlsforiowa.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!

 

 

Like Wahls on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/zach.wahls/

 

 

Follow him on Twitter:

@zachwahls

 

 

Read a 2011 article about Wahls’s speech before the Iowa legislature:

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/zach-wahls-son-lesbians-speech-anti-gay-legislators/story?id=12832200

 

Read a June 2018 piece about his primary win:

https://www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/after-primary-win-zach-wahls-is-one-step-closer-to-becoming-iowas-youngest-state-senator/

 

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Support Democrat Jessica Morse’s Bid to Push Republican Tom McClintock from a California House of Representatives Seat

Support Democrat Jessica Morse’s bid to win California’s 4th District House of Representatives seat and send Republican incumbent Tom McClintock packing.

 

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

 

California offers many opportunities for Democratic pickups–at least eight. The 4th District is a harder get than others, but still doable. McClintock drew ire for voting to destroy the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2017.

 

McClintock will likely prove to be a tough opponent. He got 52 percent of the vote in the June 5, 2018 primary to Morse’s just-shy-of-20 percent. McClintock is a political veteran, and Morse is running her first race. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Likely Republican, but that’s an update–until recently, it rated it as Safe Republican.

 

But if we get behind her and support her however we can, she could win. School yourself on Morse and see if she’s someone who you can back.

 

 

Visit Morse’s campaign website:

https://www.morse4congress.com

 

 

See her Meet Jessica page:

https://www.morse4congress.com/meetjess/

 

 

See her Issues page:

https://www.morse4congress.com/ontheissues/

 

 

See her Endorsements page:

https://www.morse4congress.com/endorsements/

 

 

Volunteer for Morse:

https://www.morse4congress.com/volunteer/

 

 

Donate to her campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/jmdefault?refcode=splash

 

 

Choose Morse for your Core Four:

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

 

 

Like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Morse4America/

 

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@Morse4America

 

 

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!

 

 

Read post-primary analysis pieces that show what Morse is up against, then roll up your sleeves and help her:

http://www.latimes.com/la-pol-ca-california-primary-june-live-rep-tom-mcclintock-jessica-morse-1528270916-htmlstory.html

http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article212569094.html

 

 

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Read a Sterling Piece by Jim Wright of Stonekettle Station, and Act On It, Dammit

Read a sterling piece by Jim Wright of Stonekettle Station and act on it, dammit.

 

You might already know about Wright and his blog, Stonekettle Station. If you don’t, let this be your introduction.

 

Wright is a strong, fierce, potent writer. You won’t agree with him on everything, but he will earn your respect on a fundamental level.

 

On May 30, 2018, he outdid himself. You need to read Hunting the Unicorn — To Extinction, and you need to read it now.

 

Wright beats a drum we here at OTYCD have beaten occasionally, but not as loudly or as memorably. It boils down to:

 

We didn’t get in this mess overnight.

 

To fix this mess, you have to vote, and you have to vote every goddamn time there’s an election, not just in presidential years.

 

If you don’t vote every time you can, you undercut all the other good work you do to try to change the world.

 

Republicans and conservatives know this, and they act on it–they show up and vote.

 

That’s why we have the world we’re living in now. Republicans and conservatives show up and vote, and liberals and progressives, generally, don’t.

 

Anyway. How about I stop telling you what he said and give you the damn link already?

 

 

Read Hunting the Unicorn–To Extinction:

http://www.stonekettle.com/2018/05/hunting-unicorn-to-extinction.html

 

 

See Jim Wright’s main website:

http://www.stonekettle.com

 

 

Support Wright through Patreon:

https://www.patreon.com/stonekettle

 

 

Like him on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Stonekettle?hc_ref=ARRv80gDgwkVvEtCupcwNgxbYZeqSX-0SHRyPRzZUFUwQltcPX0P1FmQkBI1xt2GiPI&fref=nf

 

 

Follow him on Twitter:

@Stonekettle

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Block Off November 3 – 6, 2018 On Your Calendar and Support #TheLastWeekend

Get your calendar NOW RIGHT NOW and block off Saturday, November 3 through Tuesday, November 6 to support The Last Weekend, a coordinated push to defend and save our democracy.

 

Sounds a bit histrionic, we admit, but with the fallout from the July 16, 2018 Helsinki conference and the continued failure of the GOP-controlled Congress to do anything substantial about it, it’s clear that democracy in America is under threat.

 

You need to wipe your calendar in the days leading up to the midterms and devote yourself to The Last Weekend.

 

It’s an effort backed by every org you like — Swing Left, Flippable, Sister District, Moveon,  Indivisible, Resistbot, Wall-of-Us, you name it.

 

Its goal is to encourage everyone to talk to fellow potential voters. From the homepage:

 

Study after study shows that the most effective way to get people to vote is by having conversations with them in the four days before Election Day (Saturday, November 3rd–Tuesday, November 6th).

 

You’ve done a lot. You’re doing a lot. Can you rearrange your life to do this in early November? Please?

 

 

See the homepage for The Last Weekend:

https://thelastweekend.org

 

 

Read a Political Charge post that supports The Last Weekend:

The Last Weekend: A Call to Action We Can All Support

 

 

Also watch the hashtag #TheLastWeekend on Twitter.

 

 

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Let Cindy Otis Teach You to Avoid Being Overwhelmed and Stay Focused

Let Cindy Otis, a former CIA analyst and author, teach you how to avoid being overwhelmed and stay focused in a world where everything seems to be on fire.

 

Otis published an amazing thread on Twitter on June 28, 2018. Read it, save it, memorize it. We’ve reproduced it here, with the emojis removed. Scroll down for more info on Otis.

 

Today seems like the right time to do a thread I’ve been thinking about for a while on how to handle the seemingly never-ending deluge of depressing and disturbing news. My tips are based on my time as a CIA military analyst in which I dealt daily with disturbing content.

 

There are several risks to being overloaded with disturbing/negative content.  [We are replacing her emoji checks with numbers.] 1. Complacency – becoming so used to the deluge that it all starts to seem normal. 2. Paralysis – that is, being so overwhelmed, you can’t figure out what to do/how to move forward.

 

3. Crisis perspective – you get trapped in the Breaking News cycle where everything seems like a potentially world-ending crisis to you. 4. Depression/PTSD – you don’t have to be on the frontline of a war have either/both. Disturbing content is absolutely a trigger.

 

There are also serious physical consequences to living a negative content overloaded life. I had a colleague who didn’t know he had stage 4 brain cancer because the symptoms were the same as our very stressful careers–exhaustion, random fevers, stress, and dizziness.

 

So, what do you do? First, I strongly urge you not to ignore the news/current events. Ignorance is one reason we have this society. It won’t make the problems go away & contributes nothing to their solving. Now that that’s established, here’s how to make it easier to handle:

 

[Numbers from here forward are from Otis.] 1. TAKE ACTION. Volunteer for a food pantry, canvass for a political candidate, donate to a NGO, visit a sick friend. Seriously. Service of some kind in your community lets you be part of SOLUTIONS. You will see RESULTS when otherwise you’d feel helpless.

 

2. Conversely, for those who may take tip #1 to the extreme–know that you alone can’t save the world. Accept your limits. You aren’t a 7/11. You can’t always be open. At the end of every day when I reached my limit, I silently told myself, “I’ve done what I can today.”

 

(Note: Repeating that to myself did not stop me from feeling like I could have done more most days. But it was important to tell myself anyway because I am human. We are human. It’s good we *feel* things.)

 

3. RESEARCH BEFORE PANICKING. Easier said than done, but everything will seem like crisis/earth-ending if you don’t know what has/hasn’t happened before. If it has happened before, it’s can be hugely comforting to know how it was resolved and/or what might happen next.

 

4. GET UP & MOVE. Put the phone away, turn off the TV, log out of Twitter. Go for a walk, sit outside, get some coffee, call a friend. CIA is full of ppl walking the building with a colleague/friend. There’s a reason. Our brains & bodies need breaks from stressful content.

 

5. SET RULES. Because of my work at CIA, I had a rule–I only read fiction at home. I had enough reality at work. In the civilian world, I set blocks of time each day where I turn everything off–no news or social media. Let yourself recharge so you can keep fighting later.

 

6. AVOID DARK HOLES. (I’m sure there’s a joke to be made about that.) It’s easy to get sucked into the swirl of bad news. You watch a gruesome YouTube video and the next one is all queued up to play right after it. Focus on one issue at a time. Deal w/ it before moving on.

 

7. YOU NEED FUN. When there is suffering, war, despair, etc. around you, it’s easy to feel guilty when you have fun, feel happy, have a good meal with friends. You NEED these things. You will be better able to do good in the world if you let yourself have these things.

 

8. TALK TO SOMEONE. Often, we curl inward socially when overwhelmed w/ negative content. It’s a means of protection. One of the great things at CIA was that everyone else knew what you were going through. Whether it’s therapy or talking to your person, talking helps.

 

None of this is easy. I got burned out a lot in my career & many days recently, I’ve felt overloaded by the barrage. I’m sure you have too. But you and I can’t check out. We can’t give up & we need to stay engaged, but we can’t do that if we get overloaded. Keep going.

 

Shout out to who forces me to get out of the house when I start sounding especially doom and gloom!

 

 

Otis posted a follow-up thread on June 29, 2018:

 

Wow. I woke up this morning to find my thread went viral & my inbox was full of messages from ppl. My biggest takeaway from it is that we’re all struggling right now. So, I’ve got a few quick things you can do RIGHT NOW to help survive whatever news dump we’ll get today:

 

1. Read this article by that includes tips from me on how to read the news like an intelligence analyst. It gets at my tip from earlier on doing research before panicking and talks about how to actually do that research. Knowledge = POWER.

(Here is the link she referenced:) http://www.realclearlife.com/media/6-rules-thinking-like-cia-analyst-beat-fake-news/

 

2. Schedule the time you’re planning to unplug today. Write it down so it is more likely to happen. Will you take a walk? Call a friend to talk about anything but the news? Take a power nap? Bake some cookies? Watch your fave trash TV show? Whatever it is, DO IT.

 

3. Look at who you follow on social media. Do you only follow people who perpetuate the crisis mentality? If so, add in some practical folks who provide actionable ways forward and context you need to know. is a must for Americans worried about politics.

 

4. Tell yourself as many times as you need to hear it today — YOU ARE NOT ALONE. YOU CAN DO THIS. WE NEED YOU WITH US. Take care, all.

 

 

Follow Cindy Otis on Twitter:

@CindyOtis_

 

 

Visit Otis’s website:

http://www.cindyotis.com

 

 

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Check Out Bluewave Crowdsource, Which Encourages and Promotes Democratic Candidates Across the Country

Check out Bluewave Crowdsource, which encourages and promotes Democratic candidates across the country.

 

One of the most obvious failings of the Democratic Party is its hesitance to run candidates everywhere, for every elected race, regardless of whether the area is considered “red” or “blue.”

 

Many left-leaning, liberal, and progressive folks are annoyed with this. Even if the reason is good (such as not having enough money to support every race, everywhere), it looks bad. If there’s no Democratic candidate to vote for, people won’t vote Democratic. Seems self-evident, but hey, you’ve got to be in it to win it even if you realistically have no chance to win it. Putting in the effort of putting forward a candidate matters.

 

Bluewave Crowdsource is doing what the Democratic Party is not. Well, some of it, anyway. It researches, selects, and promotes Democrats who are running for Congress, for governorships, for state legislatures, and for other elected offices.

 

Bluewave Crowdsource limits itself to one candidate per district, state, or seat ahead of the primaries, and gets behind the Democratic primary victor, whoever that person is. It also spotlights one candidate per day from its roster.

 

We at OTYCD can vouch for the strength of the Bluewave Crowdsource roster. It has chosen more than 20 people we’ve devoted posts to, including DD Adams, who’s running for a House of Representatives seat in North Carolina; Jana Lynne Sanchez, running for a House seat in Texas; Marge Doyle, who’s campaigning to win a House seat in California; Stacey Abrams, who’s aiming to become governor of Georgia; and Jacky Rosen, who’s trying to unseat Republican Senator Dean Heller in Nevada.

 

 

See the Bluewave Crowdsource website:

https://bluewavecrowdsource.com

 

 

See its About page:

https://bluewavecrowdsource.com/about-bluewave

 

 

See its Candidates database:

https://bluewavecrowdsource.com/candidates

 

 

Volunteer for Bluewave Crowdsource:

https://bluewavecrowdsource.com/volunteers

 

 

See its Resources page, which, yay!, includes Postcards to Voters:

https://bluewavecrowdsource.com/resources

 

 

Donate to Bluewave Crowdsource:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bwcs

 

 

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!

 

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@BlueWaveCS

 

 

Follow Bluewave Crowdsource founder Holly Figueroa O’Reilly on Twitter:

@AynRandPaulRyan

 

 

Follow Bluewave Crowdsource volunteer coordinator, events & newsletter boss, and tech stuffs magician Anne Leigh on Twitter:

@For_Cripes_Sake

 

 

Follow Bluewave Crowdsource web developer and resident nerd Lynn Stahl on Twitter:

@jesusbuddy7

 

 

Follow Bluewave Crowdsource campaign liaison, organizer of stuff, and gladiator Lena Eisen:

@lena_eisen