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Learn About Gun Owners for Responsible Ownership

This OTYCD post originally went live in February 2018.

 

Learn about Gun Owners for Responsible Ownership (GOFRO), an Oregon-based gun safety group.

 

Paul Kemp, a gun owner who grew up with guns, launched the group after losing a brother-in-law in a December 2012 attack on a Portland, Oregon mall. The 22-year-old shooter used a semi-automatic rifle to kill two people and injure a third.

 

GOFRO supports common-sense gun laws. It asks its members to take the following pledge:

 

“I will practice safe storage.  I will keep my firearms and ammunition locked and separate.

I will support universal background check requirements.  I will not sell or buy a firearm without a background check.

I will support the rights of my fellow citizens to be free from intimidation by the open display of firearms in public.  I will avoid the unnecessary carrying of firearms in public, particularly in places where children are present.

I will always make gun safety a priority in my home, in the field or on the range.”

 

 

 

 

Visit the GOFRO website:

http://www.responsibleownership.org

 

 

Take the GOFRO pledge:

http://www.responsibleownership.org/take_the_pledge

 

 

See its ‘Research/Read More’ page:

http://www.responsibleownership.org/research_read_more

 

 

Donate to Gun Owners for Responsible Ownership:

https://oregongunsafety.nationbuilder.com/donate

 

 

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!

 

 

Volunteer for GOFRO:

http://www.responsibleownership.org/volunteer

 

 

Like its Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/GunOwnersForResponsibleOwnership/

 

 

Read a transcript of a January 2018 PBS Newshour interview with the founder of GOFRO (you can also watch the video, which is above the transcript):

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/gun-owning-group-in-oregon-advocates-for-firearm-safety

 

A Note: OTYCD has devoted several posts to common-sense gun laws and gun safety, and will continue to do so.

 

That does not mean, however, that we want to ban all guns. We don’t, and we never have. We are pro-responsible gun ownership. We support people who fully understand the responsibilities of gun ownership, and who show a healthy respect for guns, and whose actions consistently show that understanding and respect.

 

As of February 2018, it’s obvious to most Americans that its gun culture is horrifically, grievously, and unconscionably borked, and its gun laws need to improve ASAP. Here’s hoping the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas provide the push we need to truly fix things at last.

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Support Your Local Library, Always and Forever

This OTYCD post originally appeared in January 2018.

 

Support your local library, always and forever. 

 

Libraries are many things to many people. They’re often the heart of the community, or at least a vital organ that helps it survive and thrive. Its employees respect knowledge and provide the tools to fight back against fake news and attempts to undermine the truth.

 

Librarians are also foot soldiers in the resistance, both the capital-R Resistance going on now and resistance efforts in the past. When Trump declared his Muslim travel ban, librarians pushed back with “Libraries Are for Everyone”–imagery, book displays, and declarations that underline the fact that libraries are, indeed, open to one and all. Several leading library organizations also condemned the ban.

 

You have many options for supporting your local library.

 

The biggest and most effective one is to use it regularly.

 

Don’t have a library card? Get one, and make sure everyone in your family has one.
Go to the library often. Follow it on social media. Attend library events that interest you, and bring friends.

 

Spend liberally at library book sales. Check out books and other media, and bring them back on time.

 

If you don’t use your library you do run the risk of losing it.

 

You can also volunteer, join a “Friends of the Library” group, or donate money. Please stay alert to state and local legislative efforts that might affect library funding and access.

 

As for donating books–first, ask the librarians if they’re accepting book donations and if so, what types of books they’re currently seeking. They may not need what you have; don’t be offended if they turn you down.

 

Also, run the used books’ ISBN numbers through Amazon’s trade-in link to see if they’re actually worth anything (see link below). Don’t donate them unless they are. And don’t be offended if the library ends up selling your donated books.

https://www.amazon.com/Sell-Books/b?node=2205237011

 

 

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Read about how libraries and librarians have been leading the resistance to Trump:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/librarians-protesting-trumps-executive-orders/

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/feb/21/us-libraries-join-struggle-to-resist-the-trump-administration

http://mashable.com/2017/02/21/library-donald-trump-resistance/#h2S2kJpDDmqV

Librarians must resist trumpism

 

 

Read this GOOD article on how librarians have historically been in the forefront of resisting Nazis and other enemies of the truth:

https://www.good.is/articles/rogue-librarians-save-history-and-the-truth

 

 

Follow the Libraries Resist account on Twitter:

@LibrariesResist

 

 

Read about ways to help libraries:

http://www.ilovelibraries.org/get-involved

https://mastersreview.com/8-ways-to-support-your-local-library/

https://www.bustle.com/p/7-ways-you-can-support-your-local-library-47363

Elections

Support Erin Zwiener, Who’s Running For a State-Level House Rep Seat in Texas (Good Update March 2019)

Update, March 2019: Zwiener won her 2018 state-level race with 51.6 percent of the vote to her Republican opponent’s 48.4 percent. She faces re-election in 2021.

 

This OTYCD entry originally posted in January 2018.

 

Update: Zwiener advanced to the Democratic primary runoff, which will take place on May 22, 2018. She came second to Rebecca Bell-Metereau, who pulled in 45.41 percent of the vote to Zwiener’s 30.66 percent.

 

Support Erin Zwiener, who’s running for a state representative seat in House District 45 in Texas. The Democratic primary election takes place on March 6, 2018. 

 

Zwiener might have the best campaign slogan of any Texas state-level candidate: “Let’s put the ALL back in Y’ALL!” She’s a fifth-generation Texan, a children’s book author, and a three-time Jeopardy! champion.

 

She favors expanding Medicaid in her state, as well as fully funding its public school system. She supports LGBTQ rights, immigrants, and taking sexual assault and domestic violence as seriously as other crimes. She would encourage investment in renewable energy sources, promote conservation, legalize and regulate marijuana, and fight gerrymandering and vote-suppressing tactics.

 

 

See Zwiener’s campaign site:

https://www.erinforyall.com

 

 

Donate to Zwiener:

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

 

 

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 her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ErinForYall/

 

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@ErinForYall

 

 

Run For Something is backing Zwiener. See her on its Candidates page:

https://www.runforsomething.net/candidates

 

 

See her Ballotpedia page:

https://ballotpedia.org/Erin_Zwiener

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey Is Awesome. Show Her Some Love. (Good Update March 2019)

Update, March 24, 2019: Healey won re-election in 2018 with ease, and with 68.1 percent of the vote. She next faces re-election in 2023, and she is still awesome.

 

This OTYCD entry originally posted in October 2017.

 

Show some love to Maura Healey, the Democratic state attorney general of Massachusetts, who is up for re-election in 2018.

 

Healey is still in her first term, having been elected in 2014, and she is a standout. Previously, she was the Chief of the Civil Rights Division under her predecessor, and she led the state’s challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act.

 

She was a solid state AG already, but since Trump’s election, she has been a tireless defender of laws, norms, and civil rights.

 

She was among the earliest of the AGs to sign on to the lawsuit to defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which Trump promised to kill.

 

She has also been in the forefront of suing the Betsy DeVos-led Department of Education to allow Obama-era laws to take effect that would allow students who were cheated by colleges to discharge their federal loan debts.

 

Healey has also announced that she will sue Equifax over its egregious breach that compromised the personal information of roughly 143 million Americans. She is up for re-election in 2018.

 

Regardless, Healey deserves your support on social media at the very least.

 

 

See the Massachusetts Attorney General’s website:

http://www.mass.gov/ago/

 

 

See her own website:

http://www.maurahealey.com

 

 

Like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/MauraHealeyMA

 

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@maura_healey

 

 

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!

 

 

See her page on the website of the National Association of Attorneys General:

http://www.naag.org/naag/attorneys-general/whos-my-ag/massachusetts/maura-healey.php

 

 

Read various stories about her lawsuits against Equifax and the Department of Education, and the lawsuit in defense of DACA:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/equifax-data-breach-massachusetts-attorney-general-to-sue/

http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/blog/2017/09/06/massachusetts-suing-daca/

http://www.wbur.org/radioboston/2017/07/06/maura-healey-devos

Elections

Support 314 Action, Which Helps Elect STEM Candidates to Office

This OTYCD entry originally posted in August 2017.

 

Support 314 Action, a nonprofit that helps get people with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) backgrounds elected to office, and advocates for laws founded on solid science and evidence-based reasoning.

 

One of the most obnoxious and infuriating aspects of Trump’s election, and of the modern Republican party, is its aggressive contempt for science and reason. 314 Action exists to combat that. (Yes, 314 is a reference to Pi.) It aims to get people with STEM experience elected to Congress, it supports laws that reflect and respect scientific knowledge. 314 Action also calls out members of Congress and high-ranking officials who undermine or flout the facts.

 

See the 314 Action home page:

http://www.314action.org/home/

 

Learn about its mission:

http://www.314action.org/mission-1

 

Sign up to volunteer for 314 Action:

http://go.314action.org/page/s/takeaction

 

Run for office with the help of 314 Action:

http://go.314action.org/page/s/run

 

Learn about incumbent pro-science members of Congress:

http://www.314action.org/stem-trailblazers-1/

 

Read a story from The Atlantic about how 314 Action is helping doctors run for Congress:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/05/congress-the-doctors-will-see-you-now/527244/

 

Follow 314 Action on Twitter:

@314action

 

Like it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/314Action/

 

Donate to 314 Action:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/314act?refcode=website&amounts=15,25,50,100,250,500,1000&amount=25&recurring=true

 

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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GOOD UPDATE! Democrat Andrew Zwicker WON RE-ELECTION to the New Jersey State Legislature (Reminder March 2019)

Update March 2019: We at OTYCD are nudging this back in the queue because Zwicker is up for re-election in 2020. Please keep him in mind when planning your donations and volunteer work for 2020 campaigns.

 

This OTYCD entry originally posted in September 2017.

 

YES YES YES! Democrat Andrew Zwicker won re-election to the New Jersey state legislature! Read more here:

http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/elections/2017/11/08/bateman-zwicker-freiman-win-surprising-election/841885001/

 

 

Original text of the post follows.

 

Help re-elect Democrat Andrew Zwicker to the New Jersey state legislature. The election takes place on November 7, 2017.

 

In addition to spotlighting five Virginia state-level candidates chosen by Flippable for the upcoming race in November, we at OTYCD are also devoting posts to six candidates chosen by 314 Action whose races fall in 2017. 314 Action is an organization that boosts hopefuls who have STEM backgrounds.

 

Zwicker was first elected to the New Jersey legislature in January 2016, where he serves on the Judiciary Committee as well as the committees for regulated professions and also for telecommunications and utilities. 314 Action helped him then, and is helping him now. He is the only scientist currently serving in the New Jersey legislature. In addition, he is the first Democrat ever to represent his district. He beat his Republican rival by just 78 votes.

 

Zwicker holds a Ph.d in physics from Johns Hopkins University and is the Head of Science Education at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. He is also a fellow of the American Physical Society and edits the organization’s newsletter.

 

In the legislature, he works to make college more affordable and to expand access to pre-K. He accepts climate change and wants the state to rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas initiative, in which nine states joined forces to reduce climate-harming emissions. He wants to make sure that laws protecting the environment are enforced. And in all things, he will bring the rigor of a scientist, making decisions based on facts and evidence.

 

 

See his campaign website:

http://www.zwickerforassembly.com

 

 

See his About Andrew page:

http://www.zwickerforassembly.com

 

 

See his Issues page:

http://www.zwickerforassembly.com/issues

 

 

Donate to Zwicker’s campaign:

https://act.myngp.com/Forms/2831768608462735360

 

 

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!

 

 

Like Zwicker on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ZwickerforAssembly/

 

 

Follow him on Twitter:

@AndrewZwicker

 

 

See his profile page on the New Jersey Legislature website:

http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/bio.asp?Leg=386

 

 

See Zwicker’s page at 314 Action:

http://www.314action.org/andrew-zwicker

 

 

See 314 Action’s Endorsed Candidates page:

http://www.314action.org/endorsed-candidates/

 

 

Donate to 314 Action:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/314act?refcode=website&amounts=15,25,50,100,250,500,1000&amount=25&recurring=true

Elections

GOOD UPDATE! Support Democrat Wendy Carrillo’s Primary Bid To Run For California State Assembly (Update March 2019)

Update March 2019: We at OTYCD are nudging this because Carillo is up for re-election to the California State Assembly in 2020. Please keep her in mind when you’re planning your 2020 donating and volunteering schedule, especially if you live in California.

 

This OTYCD entry originally posted in November 2017.

 

Good Update! Wendy Carrillo WON the December 5, 2017 special election. Hooray for her!

 

Support Democrat Wendy Carrillo’s primary bid to run for California state assembly.

 

Carrillo was one of the two top finishers among the 10 Democrats who ran in the special primary. She came first, with 22.2 percent of the vote. She will face off against the number-two finisher, Luis Lopez, who gathered 18.6 percent of the vote.

 

It appears that no Republicans ran in the special primary–just Democrats, an Independent, a Libertarian, and a representative from the Peace and Freedom party–so if Carrillo wins the December 5, 2017 special election, it looks like she is the winner proper.

 

Carrillo is solidly and admirably progressive. She supports affordable healthcare, debt-free college, a $15 minimum wage, civil rights across the board, and social justice issues generally. When she arrived in the U.S. from El Salvador as a small child, she was undocumented. She gained her citizenship as a young adult.

 

She is endorsed by Run For Something, Emily’s List, the California Democratic Party, #VoteProChoice, Democracy for America, Voices for Progress, and scores of unions, among others.

 

 

See her campaign website:

https://wendyforassembly.com

 

 

See her ‘About Wendy’ page:

https://wendyforassembly.com/about

 

 

See her ‘Issues’ page:

https://wendyforassembly.com/on-the-issues

 

 

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 her campaign:

https://wendyforassembly.com/donate

 

 

Like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/VoteWendyCarrillo/

 

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@wendycarrillo

 

 

See her entry on the Candidates page at Run For Something:

https://www.runforsomething.net/candidates/

 

 

See her Ballotpedia page:

https://ballotpedia.org/Wendy_Carrillo

 

 

Read reporting on the results of the special primary:

http://laist.com/2017/10/04/ad_51_results.php