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Subscribe to Postcards from Kate

Subscribe to Postcards from Kate, a nonpartisan project devoted to thanking politicians, journalists, and other public figures who do the right thing.

 

We know you love mailing postcards. The organization Postcards from Kate scratches your postcard itch and lets you do good at the same time. From the PFK ‘About’ page (bold is theirs):

 

“Every day or once a week, we’ll email the names and mailing addresses of at least one person deserving of our wholehearted thanks for taking an action which reinforces or supports our progressive values. We believe in equal rights, access to healthcare, just and fair governance, and freedom. We don’t think any party owns American values. And we believe kindness is the best policy.

 

Postcards from Kate is named for Katharine Lee Bates, who wrote the song America the Beautiful.

 

Subscribe to the Postcards from Kate email list here:

https://www.postcardsfromkate.org

 

 

Read its “About” page:

https://www.postcardsfromkate.org/about-2/

 

 

Check out its free downloadable postcard designs:

https://www.postcardsfromkate.org/get-supplies/

 

 

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Subscribe to Your Local Newspaper, Even If It Stinks, and Urge Its Editors to Improve It

Subscribe to your local newspaper, even if it’s a terrible, poorly-written right-wing rag, and urge its editors to improve its coverage.

Yes, really. You’ve long since heard the calls to support the heavy-hitter papers such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. You need to support your local paper with your dollars, too, even if you hate it.

Why? First off, it’s the only game in town. A bad local newspaper is almost always better than no local newspaper because a local newspaper is one of the best checks on local government, and sometimes it’s the only check on local government. A subscription is an investment in checking your local government.

Second, newspapers are obsessed with giving their readers what they say they want. If their readers want coverage that slants to the right, that’s what they’ll print. The only way to make a bad local paper better (aside from starting a competing local paper), is to subscribe and demand that they cover things that matter to you, and praise them when they do.

Third, local papers, even bad ones, will nonetheless tell you, at minimum, the basics of what’s happening with local government, the school board, the police department, the fire department, community groups, and other entities you need to keep an eye on. Again, if the paper is doing a lousy job, give its editorial staff polite constructive criticism in the form of emails and letters to the editor (a future OTYCD post will deal with how to write Letters to the Editor).

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Subscribe to Political Charge, Tokyo Sand’s Blog

Subscribe to Political Charge, the blog written by tweeter Tokyo Sand.

 

If you’re on Twitter and you’re part of the Resistance, you’ve come across Tokyo Sand. Their tweets are valuable and focused.

 

 

You might not be aware that Tokyo Sand has a blog as well. Political Charge is as valuable and focused as Tokyo Sand’s tweets, with explainers on gerrymandering, money laundering, and why town halls are worth your time.

 

 

It also features interviews with activists such as Pat Gunn, who helped elect Manka Dhingra to the Washington state senate and turned the entire West Coast solidly blue, and Frannie James, who volunteered in Alabama for Doug Jones’s campaign.

 

 

In a world that swamps us with content from all directions, Political Charge is worth your time and deserves a place in your inbox.

 

 

See the Political Charge blog (the subscription button is at the lower right, at the bottom of the page):

https://politicalcharge.org

 

 

See Political Charge’s piece on Getting Started in Political Activism:

Getting Started in Political Activism

 

 

Follow Tokyo Sand on Twitter:

@DHStokyo

 

 

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Help John Oliver Keep Up The Great Work By Subscribing to HBO

This OTYCD entry originally posted in June 2017.

 

Support the work of John Oliver and his team at Last Week Tonight by subscribing to Home Box Office (HBO) and telling HBO that you signed on specifically to get his show.

 

Comedian John Oliver, alumnus of Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show, has done powerful and impressive work before and since the election of Donald Trump. If we manage to save net neutrality, he and his #GoFCCYourself campaign will deserve a big slice of the credit.

 

While the 2016 presidential campaign was still live, Oliver called attention to the madness of the presidential primary process and asked us to reserve February 2, 2018, as the day to ask our legislators to fix it.

 

He’s aimed his guns at income inequality, payday loans, the rank injustices of the prison system, student debt, civil asset forfeiture, and dozens of other vital issues.

 

You’ve learned a lot from him, admit it. So forgive us for asking, but do you watch his segments for free online, or do you subscribe to HBO?

 

If you don’t, well, it’s past time for you to subscribe to HBO. And when you do, please go out of your way to tell HBO that you signed up specifically because it runs Last Week Tonight, and you want Oliver and his team to carry on with their good work.

 

Sign up for HBO, with or without cable:

http://www.hbo.com/order/get-hbo.html

 

Once you’ve done that, contact HBO and tell them you subscribed expressly to support John Oliver and Last Week Tonight:

http://www.hbo.com/about/contact-us.html

 

Follow Last Week Tonight on Twitter:

@LastWeekTonight

 

Like the show on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/LastWeekTonight

 

Follow John Oliver on Twitter:

@iamjohnoliver

 

Read about Last Week Tonight‘s #GoFCCYourself campaign and how effective it’s been:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/talkingtech/2017/05/09/john-oliver-may-have-helped-spur-150000-comments-fcc-net-neutrality/101480100/

http://deadline.com/2017/05/john-oliver-donald-trump-fcc-net-neutrality-ajit-pai-1202086601/

https://news.fastcompany.com/to-support-net-neutrality-john-oliver-just-helped-crash-the-fccs-website-again-4036955

http://theweek.com/speedreads/697291/john-oliver-sounds-warning-siren-net-neutrality-summoning-internet-horde-that-saved-before

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-net-neutrality-john-oliver-20170508-htmlstory.html

 

Read about how the efforts of John Oliver and Last Week Tonight have boosted other worthy anti-Trump and pro-democracy causes:

http://www.poynter.org/2016/propublica-is-seeing-a-surge-in-donations-after-john-olivers-trump-segment/439254/

http://lastnighton.com/2016/11/15/john-olivers-last-week-tonight-trump-segment-spurs-donation-increase/

 

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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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Everyone at OTYCD donates their time to the blog. Your support, in the form of visits, shares, likes, retweets, and endorsements keeps us going. We’re grateful for whatever you can do.

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