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Donate to Your Favorite Candidate TODAY, When Your Money Works Magic

Donate to your favorite candidates TODAY, before the stroke of midnight, to give them an extra boost in their races.

 

On December 31, 2017, the sage Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter) alerted us to the power of donating on the last day of the calendar year:

 

Two things to remember for today: today is a critical FEC fundraising deadline for 2018 candidates, for obvious reasons. If you have a few dollars to share with your candidate of choice, do.

 

If you’re wondering why these deadlines are so critical: donations are a sign of a candidate’s viability, essentially. Because donations are public record, the more cash on hand a candidate has => the more other people are willing to donate.

 

and I have sat down in front of our computers and frantically refreshed to see how much $ our opposing candidates have had, and have used that to help determine the course of a race.

 

David Slack (@slack2thefuture) was thinking along the same lines in December 2017:

 

As you’ve probably noticed, there’s a big fundraising push going on right now from all the new Democratic challengers stepping up to take on Trump’s GOP in 2018. And here’s why:

 

There’s a Federal Election Commission fundraising deadline tonight. Candidates are evaluated based on how much they’ve raised and from how many donors — and that will determine how much support they from the party and others.

 

If we want a big in 2018, the work starts right now — and it starts with you. Here’s a list of great people who are ready to stand up to Trump & the GOP. Please give as much as you can to as many as you can — even a $1 or $5 monthly donation makes a difference.

 

After tweeting the names and handles of several 2018 candidates, he ended with:

 

We can do this. We must do this. But 2018 will not be a spectator sport. No one gets to sit on the sidelines. Step up, donate — your money, your time, & your voice are more powerful than you realize. is not futile.

 

Admittedly, 2019 is an off-year for elections. But elections will happen nonetheless. If you know of any candidates who will run who you want to support, give them money today. That goes double if your candidate is in the primary stage and need to break away from the pack.

 

If you have the money to give, and/or you can dip into your 2019 fund, please do it before the clock strikes twelve tonight.

 

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Join a Credit Union

Join a credit union and leave traditional for-profit banks behind.

 

Are you sick of banks? We at OTYCD don’t blame you, and we’d like to suggest an alternative: a credit union.

 

A credit union is a non-profit member-owned cooperative. It exists to help people manage their money instead of making a profit off of them.

 

Fees tend to be lower and customer service far better than at traditional banks. Credit unions generally offer free checking accounts and do not charge you if your balance falls below a specified amount.

 

Credit unions are often more community-oriented as well, and concerned with helping, supporting, and building the local community in a wide variety of ways–offering small business loans, providing financial education, sponsoring local events, and even offering scholarships.

 

There are drawbacks to credit unions. They generally offer fewer financial products than banks do. Their ATM networks aren’t as broad as those of traditional banks, which means you might pay fees to use machines that don’t belong to the credit union (but ask about this–many credit unions reimburse a certain number of withdrawals per month). Credit unions aren’t as abundant as banks, and you might have trouble finding one near you that you can join.

 

Regardless, it’s an option worth exploring, especially if you’re fed up with the banking system and fed up with being treated like a cash cow.

 

 

Read these articles about credit unions and their pros and cons:

https://www.bankrate.com/banking/credit-unions/the-benefits-of-a-credit-union-vs-a-bank/

https://www.moneytalksnews.com/9-reasons-why-credit-union-better-than-big-bank/

https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/banking/credit-unions-vs-banks/

 

 

See MyCreditUnion.gov’s explanation of credit unions:

https://www.mycreditunion.gov/about-credit-unions/Pages/How-is-a-Credit-Union-Different-than-a-Bank.aspx

 

 

See Wikipedia’s list of credit unions in the United States and find one near you:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_credit_unions_in_the_United_States

 

 

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Support Your Local Independent Bookstore and Avoid Amazon

Do you have a local independent bookstore? Spend money there, early and often. And stop buying your books, or anything really, at Amazon until it pulls its ads from Breitbart and stops carrying Trump products.

 

Reading is good. Fundamental, even. If you are lucky enough to have an independent bookstore near you–aka not Barnes & Noble–go spend some money there as soon as you can, and make a plan to swing by on a regular basis. Also, follow your local indie bookstore on social media, attend its events, and bring your friends, too.

 

Independent bookstores were vulnerable before Amazon arrived (Barnes & Noble did much to kill them) and not much has changed. Please step up and support your nearest one with your dollars.

 

Giving indie bookstores your business is a social good in and of itself, no matter who’s running the country, but it takes on greater importance under the Trump administration.

 

Both #GrabYourWallet and Sleeping Giants have been targeting Amazon for months, because it sells Trump family products and because it has not moved to pull its ads from Breitbart. It has been deaf to all entreaties, even as Sleeping Giants closes in the milestone of convincing 2,000 advertisers to leave the stomach-turning alt-right web site and despite countless calls, emails, and letters from supporters of #GrabYourWallet (As of early April, Amazon ranks as number 5 on the site’s Top 10 list of retailers to boycott.)

 

Important: You should know that Amazon is a somewhat controversial choice to boycott because its owner, Jeff Bezos, also owns the Washington Post, which has been one of the best, most relentless newspapers covering the Trump administration. Also, the Amazon Prime service makes it cheap and easy to read the Washington Post by offering free access online for six months and then at $4.99 thereafter. For some, Bezos’s support of the Washington Post nullifies any sins that Amazon is perpetrating.

 

Boycotting Amazon is far more difficult than other retailers because it offers so much more than books. Fortunately, the #GrabYourWallet community is way ahead on this, with a whitelist of alternatives to look to.

 

Speaking of which–if you don’t have a local independent bookstore and want to stop giving money to Amazon, try these shops instead:

 

 

Powell’s

http://www.powells.com

 

 

The Strand Bookstore

http://www.strandbooks.com

 

 

See #GrabYourWallet’s whitelist of retailers (bookstores included):

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

 

 

See #GrabYourWallet’s list of retailers to avoid (retailers who sell Trump-branded products):

https://grabyourwallet.org

 

 

See the Sleeping Giants list of advertisers who have dropped Breitbart:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1i9o8CR_kjJ6mBd44k6CRZEhlXuZqq-XCCOoj-e8RJ7Q/edit

 

 

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Feed Hungry Voters Through Pizza to the Polls

Feed hungry would-be voters through Pizza to the Polls, an organization that delivers pizza to voters waiting in line, as well as protestors.

 

Democracy is hard work. Hungry work, sometimes. When long lines form at the polls, some folks might give up and go home if they’re hungry or have no hope of getting fed and voting before they have to be back at their jobs.

 

Enter Pizza to the Polls, an organization that accepts reports of poll lines and sends pizza to those waiting to vote.

 

As of December 24, 2017, Pizza to the Polls has accepted more than $50,000 in donations and delivered more than 2,500 pizzas to voters in Chicago, Miami, Cincinnati, JFK airport, Dulles airport, and more. It also delivered pizzas to people in Washington who protested the GOP tax bill in December 2017.

 

Note: donations are not tax-deductible.

 

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See the Pizza to the Polls website:

https://polls.pizza

 

 

Follow its Twitter feed:

@PizzatothePolls

 

 

Donate to the pizza fund:

https://polls.pizza/#donate

 

 

Report a long line outside a polling place, so the Pizza to the Polls folks can work their magic (you’ll need the address of the venue):

https://polls.pizza/#request

 

 

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Pre-order Shade by Photographer Pete Souza

Pre-order Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents, the next book from photographer Pete Souza.

 

A while back, OTYCD recommended that you follow Pete Souza’s Instagram account. Souza had been the photographer for the Obama White House, and since his second term  came to a close, Souza has used his impressive bank of photos to comment on Trump–sometimes wryly, sometimes sharply, and sometimes sharply enough to drop jaws in unison.

 

If a picture’s worth a thousand words, Souza’s deftly chosen historical retorts were worth 10,000 articles, blog posts, and tweets.

 

Was Souza up to something? Yes, he was up to something.

 

In late May, word broke that Souza’s next book would come out in October and bear the name Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents.

 

Yes, it is exactly what you think it is.

 

Yes, we haven’t read it yet and we’re asking you to lay down money, pledging to buy it before it comes out.

 

Why, you ask? Simple. By pre-ordering a book, you show the publisher that there is clear demand for it.

 

If folks are clamoring for a book by a certain person, or on a certain subject, the publisher might contract more books by the same people, and more books on the same topic.

 

We liked Souza’s other recent book on Obama. We’re pretty sure we’re gonna like Shade, having followed Souza’s Instagram account for a while now. Please step up and put your money where your mouth is.

 

Ditto for requesting it from your library. Yes, it’s not available yet, but libraries figure out how many copies to order in part by tallying the requests they get for a title. By asking for it now, ahead of the October 16, 2018 release date, you boost sales of the book and make it more available in your community’s library system.

 

 

Pre-order Shade via Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40201496-shade?from_search=true

 

 

Read articles heralding the coming release of Shade:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/reliable-source/wp/2018/05/23/obama-photographer-pete-souza-to-throw-shade-at-trump-in-new-book/?utm_term=.ef1795ecc67d

https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/23/politics/pete-souza-shade-obama-trump/index.html

https://mashable.com/2018/05/23/pete-souza-book-donald-trump-shade/#KGJS5XiRqsqx

 

 

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Pre-order Everything Trump Touches Dies by Rick Wilson, Or Request It From Your Local Library

Pre-order Everything Trump Touches Dies, the new book from GOP strategist Rick Wilson. If you can’t pre-order it, request it from your local library instead.

 

OTYCD is not a fan of Rick Wilson’s politics, and we sure as hell aren’t fans of every last little thing he’s done in his professional career. But from the approach of the Trump era, Wilson has been on the side of right as opposed to the side of the right, and he has been fierce and unflinching.

 

In the past we have encouraged you to follow his Twitter feed and donate to the GoFundMe for the Everything Trump Touches Dies movie (which you can still do, by the way). Now we’re encouraging you to pre-order the book of the same name.

 

Yes, we haven’t read it yet and we’re asking you to lay down money before it comes out.

 

Why, you ask? Simple. By pre-ordering a book, you show the publisher that there is clear demand for it. If folks are clamoring for a book by a certain person, or on a certain subject, the publisher might contract more books by the same people, and more books on the same topic.

 

We’re not sure what else Wilson might write in the future, but we definitely want more books like ETTD. Please step up and put your money where your mouth is.

 

Ditto for requesting it from your library. Yes, it’s not available yet, but libraries figure out how many copies to order in part by tallying the requests they get for a title. By asking for it now, ahead of the August 7 release date, you boost sales of the book and make it more available in your community’s library system.

 

 

Pre-order Everything Trump Touches Dies via Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39312362-everything-trump-touches-dies

 

 

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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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