Life After Hate

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Your DGB for today is to partner up with Life After Hate and help end the cycle of extremism and hatred that is overtaking our country.

Life After Hate is a non-profit organization that was founded by former members of violent far-right extremist groups. Their mission is to work with individuals and communities to end intolerance and hatred. They offer a variety of services like https://www.exitusa.org/, which works directly with individuals who wish to disengage from the white power movement. They also offer addiction counseling, community outreach, and education programs to help rehabilitate those who have been indoctrinated and radicalized by far-right hatred and racism.

Life After Hate is the only organization outside of the FBI that is working to extract people from hate groups. They were awarded a $400,000 grant from the Obama administration, but Trump decided he was not going to honor that grant. Weird that a Nazi sympathizer doesn’t want to end the cycle of hatred and violence…

This is where you come in. Life After Hate is quickly losing funds and they are looking to crowdfund. Samantha Bee recently learned about them and is working to get the word out, and we want to help. You can learn more about their organization, as well as get the link to their crowdfunding campaign in this article. Can’t directly donate? Select them for your Amazon Smile donation and give back while shopping.

Team up with the brilliant Samantha Bee,  Daily Grab Back, and Life After Hate to end the cycle of extremism and hatred.

 

GiveDirectly

Your DGB for today is to donate to GiveDirectly

Their business model is so simple, it takes you by surprise: how about we just give people who are poor actual money?

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/08/07/541609649/how-to-fix-poverty-why-not-just-give-people-money

Charities usually have some sort of clever way of distributing help to the needy, which is great, but we at DGB kind of adore this idea of just providing people with a basic income. With their ongoing 12 year study, they hope to gather not just long-term data on individual households, but also the macroeconomic impact of moving money into communities that need it.

GiveDirectly uses electronic funds to give income to people living in the developing world. They’re currently working extensively in Kenya and are close to their fundraising goal. Let’s push them over that amount.

Give money to people who need it. Genius.

 

Punk the Alt-Right and Neo-Nazi Rallies

Your DGB for today is to make lemonade out of all these goddamn Nazi lemons.

If you’re a dedicated Grabber, you’re already helping address the underlying structural racism that leads to - and enables - the neo-Nazis and white supremacists of the alt-right. But what do you do when they’re marching in YOUR town? Show up with a sign? Participate in some group folk singing? Vote with your dollars at local businesses that stand against racism? Or maybe just say “fuck it,” grab a nail-studded baseball bat, and go Greatest Generation on those Nazis? Sure, all* those are good options (*the last one is in jest, of course).

Well, now you can take an extra step and turn their hatred against them! Check out how deeply satisfying it is when these losers unwittingly raise thousands of dollars for good causes: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/18/neo-nazis-tricked-into-raising-10000-for-charity.

Operation Make Lemonade is a grassroots effort to repeat the above awesomeness at every neo-Nazi, white supremacist, and alt-right rally in the USA. The newly formed Daily Constitutional http://thedailyconstitutional.org/ is organizing the movement. For every marcher, every swastika, every mile, every...whatever, people pledge a small amount of money to a great cause. It basically turns their whiny hatefest into a giant walkathon for anti-racist causes. Here’s how it works:

When you hear of a rally in your area, go to the Google Docs page https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cnLelJ3Ef8vRILllYLOw9fw7XO2CqFtIseBUWyYQo18/viewform?edit_requested=true and enter the requested information. Then share with your personal networks, both social media and in person. Get your friends and neighbors to pledge a token amount (like 5 cents per marcher - 1000 marchers means $50 to the organization). No rallies in your area? That’s OK, you can still pledge to any rally on the list! The idea is get the small donations pouring in. And of course, to infuriate the alt-right. Ahhh, the saltiness is DELICIOUS.

 

Anti-Protest Laws: Car vs. Pedestrian Edition

Your DGB for today is to find out if Republicans in your state are trying to pass laws protecting terrorists like James Field; and if they are, to call your lawmakers about it.

We are all still reeling from the events in Charlottesville, VA, especially the death of Heather Heyer and the injury of 19 others, who were all plowed into by a white supremacist terrorist with a driver’s license. When this method (vehicle-on-pedestrian) has been used by ISIS to kill and disrupt, politicians in the United States are lightning-quick to condemn. But, as we speak, GOP lawmakers in six states are actually trying to pass laws that actually protect drivers who hit pedestrian protesters. Yep. And if you are wondering what might motivate the “party of Lincoln” to do such a thing, look no further than the rise of Black Lives Matter and the anti-Trump resistance. Apparently the GOP doesn’t care if dissent gets mowed down in the street.

If you are a voter in Florida, North Dakota, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Tennessee, or Texas, get ahold of your state representative and give him or her a piece of your mind. If you aren’t in one of those states, you might still live in a state that is cracking down on protesting in other ways. Find out, and speak out. Peaceful protest should be protected and no one should lose their life because they chose to exercise their rights.  

 

We’re Team Stacey Abrams

Your DGB for today is to check out Stacey Abrams, fall as in love with her as we have, and support her in any way that you can.

Stacey Abrams is a serious breath of fresh air in stagnant white male political scene. She is running for Governor of Georgia and when (we can’t even think about if) she wins, she will not only be the first female Governor of Georgia, but she will be the first black female Governor of any state in the US. You can learn more about Stacey on her website, but we also suggest you listen to her guest appearance on Hellbent Podcast: Episode 46.

Once you have gotten to know Stacey, we want you to help her get elected. You can do that by getting the word out about her, donating to her campaign, or volunteering. You can sign up to volunteer for her here: https://secure.staceyabrams.com/page/s/Volunteer. They are looking for people to knock on doors, make phone calls, host a party, be a digital ambassador, or anything you could think of to help get the word out.

Support Stacey Abrams and encourage more women to run for office. Hell, if you can, run for office yourself! We have Donald Trump as President; anyone can win.

 

Actual Goddamn Nazis in Charlottesville

Your DGB for today is to go to this Twitter thread, pick a good cause in Charlottesville, VA, and make a material donation as a stand against the hate we’ve seen there this week. 

On Friday and Saturday, unabashed and unashamed racist hatemongers took to the streets of Charlottesville, VA to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate leader, General Robert E. Lee.  Scores of people were injured, and one counter-protester was killed by a terrorist mowing down people in the street. Despite the argument that Confederate statues represent “Southern pride” and not white supremacy, we note that those agitating for the statues to remain were carrying flags with swastikas on them, shouting Nazi slogans, and throwing up the Nazi straight-arm salute.

We also note that those irritating red MAGA hats made an appearance on the heads of white supremacists marching, some shouted “Heil Trump”, and that former KKK grand wizard David Duke specifically said he was marching in Donald Trump’s name. Before pandering to these deplorables, the President should’ve listened to Fox Mulder, who once wisely asked “Did you really think you could call up the devil and expect him to behave?”

While Trump and his followers have made being openly racist “cool” again, they did not invent racism. It’s been here the whole time, ever since this country was founded on stolen land and built with kidnapping and enslavement. Not that it *ever* was, but this is NO TIME to sit on the sidelines. Stand up against institutional racism, micro-aggressions, white supremacy, white privilege, and all that messy, ugly stuff. After you donate to a Charlottesville organization, look around you at your own family, your community, and yourself and ask: how can you make a change?

 

Things are Fine

Your DGB for today is to make sure you are prepared for the possibility of a nuclear war.

Sometimes we at DGB spend hours getting lost in our daydreams of what the world would currently be like if Hillary Clinton was president. One thing we know for certain is that we wouldn’t be terrified of her starting World War III over Twitter. North Korea has a goddamn nuke ready and Trump and Kim Jong Un are about to start the Battle of the Bad Hair.

Instead of sitting around and waiting for imminent death, we need you guys to suit up and get ready for a post-apocalyptic world. Review our two previous grabs on prepping here and here. We also suggest you take our advice and get some Plan B. Another good suggestion is to label any prescription meds with what they’re for. After you are done doing all this, we suggest watching a cheerful movie and breathing deeply and evenly into a paper bag.

We don’t mean to be all doom and gloom, and there is a good chance that calmer heads will prevail and we won’t enter into a nuclear war. One thing we do know is that nothing is certain and it never hurts to prepare, whether that be for the war to end all wars, or just your run of the mill zombie apocalypse.

 

Police Use Of Force Project

Your DGB for today is to disseminate the findings of the Police Use Of Force Project.

In particular, police departments with more restrictive use of force policies enjoy a lower rate of assault on officers, including fewer officers being killed in the line of duty. More statistics and analysis can be found on their website, but DGB thinks this particular one has broad and bipartisan appeal. Share with your social media circle, use it in debate, bring it up over dinner.

 

 

As it turns out, “blue lives matter” and ending police violence aren’t divergent goals. More policies to protect and preserve life benefit all lives and all communities.

 

 

Would You Qualify for Immigration?

Your DGB for today is to take this quiz to see if you would qualify to immigrate to the United States under Trump’s new merit based immigration bill.

Donald Trump, along with Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA), can’t wait to upend United States immigration policy. Planned changes would halve green cards issued per year and use some pretty bizarre measurements to judge your value as an immigrant/human being. lf you’ve won an olympic medal, you get 25 points! In order to immigrate here, you would have to meet the minimum of 30 points. (Heads up- DGB staff did not do well. Sad!) Read more about the bill here: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/aug/2/trump-backs-immigration-bill-cut-green-card-limits/

Today we want you to take the quiz and share your results with us, as well as your friends. Get the word out that this proposed law is pretty damn classist, as well as cruel, as it also plans to limit permanent resident refugees down to 50,000 a year. The White House says that number is right in line with yearly averages, but this graph from Pew Research begs to differ.

Stephen Miller may not believe in the poem on the Statue of Liberty, but DGB does.

 

“Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

 

 

Pay Off School Lunch Debt

Your DBG for today is to help erase school lunch debt.

Despite the fact that summer sun and heat is still blazing, kids are heading back to school or will be within a few weeks. For the fellow parents of school age children out there: Congratulations, you made it! Whether you are a parent, non-parent, grandparent, generally fear and avoid children, or all of the above, we can all agree that hungry children and stressed parents are a bad combination for learning and growth. That’s why we love the public school lunch program. Feeding hungry kids is an absolute good. Public school lunch programs do it cheaply and well, providing food to 30 million kids of all incomes across the country.

Cheap does not equal free, however. School lunches are free to those that fall below certain income levels, but still cost money for those that don’t qualify. When you’re living on an income between poor and comfortable, that ~$2 a day adds up, especially if you have multiple children. When parents fall behind on paying for lunches, most schools continue to feed kids. Over time, this creates a deficit, causing problems for both the school and parents.

It’s simple and inexpensive to help with this situation. Just donate at least $2 to your local school for use on an overdrawn lunch account. Use this link to find your local school:  https://www.greatschools.org/school-district-boundaries-map/, then call or email them to say you want to help with payoff of an overdue lunch bill.

Help a kid grab a lunch!

 

Postcards from the Edge: America the Beautiful

Your DGB for today is to send POTUS a postcard from your corner of the United States, to remind him to have just a crumb of pride for the country he is supposed to represent on the world stage.

#45 has always made his disdain for our country and it’s people quite clear. His inauguration speech described the US as some kind of post-apocalyptic wasteland. Recent transcripts of a call Trump made to Mexico’s president back in January show that he referred to New Hampshire as a “drug-infested den.” And finally, it was revealed this month that our President told a bunch of fellow golfers at his course in Bedminster, NJ, that the White House is “a real dump.” Yes, really. 

We know our country has its share of problems. We even concede there may be plumbing issues at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. But, come on - show a little respect for America, Donny.

If you would like to let POTUS know what our country is truly like, please send a postcard depicting the best your city or state has to offer, to:

 

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20500

 

Please also consider posting a pic of your postcard on social media with the hashtag, #postcardsfromUS.

 

Replace a Confederate Monument

Your DGB for today is to help replace a Confederate statue with a manatee.

Okay, okay, not a real manatee. And not just any manatee either.

If you don’t live near Bradenton, Florida, you may not have heard of Snooty the Manatee, in which case you’re missing out. Snooty was born in captivity in 1948, and lived at The South Florida Museum until July 23, 2017, when he drowned in a tragic aquarium accident. The official mascot of greater Manatee County, Florida, Snooty was adored locally, but also contributed greatly to manatee research over the course of his 69 years on Earth. He was believed to be the oldest living manatee and the only captive manatee to have regular human contact. During events held at the South Florida Museum, he would press his face to the adjoining glass aquarium wall in the courtyard, socializing with the crowds.

A few blocks away from Snooty’s lifelong home stands the Manatee County Courthouse, in front of which there is a monument to fallen confederate soldiers (to be fair, there were a LOT of those), even depicting a rebel flag at it’s base. Shortly after the news of Snooty’s passing, lifelong fan, Anthony Pusateri, began a petition to relocate the current offensive statue and replace it with one memorializing Snooty. It was delivered to the Manatee County Commission last week with nearly 13,000 signatures.

Anthony clearly isn’t alone. In fact, the Commissioner representing District Two and Bradenton, Charles Smith, has suggested Gamble Plantation as a final resting place for the statue of poor taste. (DGB was thinking the nearest dump would work, but we’ll yield to Commissioner Smith.)

Today, you’ll contact the Chairman of the Commission and urge her to proceed on the matter. Here’s a sample script:


 

As “The Friendly City”, Bradenton deserves to have something that makes people smile in front of the aptly-named Manatee County Courthouse. It’s time to remove the unwelcoming and divisive confederate statue and replace it with a likeness of dearly-departed, lettuce-loving Snooty.

 

Birthright Documentary

Your DGB for today is to watch the trailer for Birthright: A War Story.

Written by Civia Tamarkin and Luchina Fisher, this documentary outlines the attack on women’s rights by the anti-choice movement in America, and has been described as “the real Handmaid’s Tale”. Not just about abortion, Birthright examines the slow chipping away of reproductive rights and the resulting crisis for women’s health justice.

The main film site also has an action page, including shareable promotional graphics for Facebook and Twitter.

Birthright currently has scheduled screenings in several states, with plans for many more, so keep checking their Twitter and website for more release dates and platforms. 

 

Swing Left Summer Challenge

Your DGB for today is to participate in or get the word out about the Swing Left Summer Challenge taking place from July 29 - September 29, 2017.

For those that live in a swing district and want to go big, you can sign up to host a canvas event in your own community. There are five easy steps outlined for you. Another way to grab back is to sign up and support the nearest Swing Left group from afar. When you register your e-mail at https://swingleft.org/, a local District Leader will get in touch with you with opportunities to take action. 

 

To host a canvas event: https://swingleft.org/p/canvass

 

Video from Swing Left:  https://www.facebook.com/swingleftorg/videos/449483152098982/

 

Swing Left mentions research showing a 3.8% increase in voter turnout for people who sign a commitment card. Let’s take back the House in 2018 so we can prevent (or at least slow down) the havoc the Trump Administration is wreaking.

 

The Resistance is Female

Your DGB for today is to support or join the female organizers running the resistance, and to make sure you’re part of the future.

It’s not news that women, particularly women of color, are leading the resistance against Donald Trump. History has shown that women tend to be the ones leading revolutions, whether it be the French Revolution or the fight for Civil Rights in this country. Even DGB, and many other current ReSisters, are run solely by women.

So what we want you to do today is take the reigns. Check out your local Indivisible group (pssttttt 2/3rds are run by women.) If you don’t have a local indivisible group, form one. Want to go even further and actually make the world run by girls? Run for a local office! DGB loves Emily’s List, which supports and funds progressive women looking to lead the resistance. If you aren’t quite ready, check out their binders full of women running, put your money where your mouth is, and donate.

We already know the future is female, but what role are you going to play in it?

 

Give the ACA Some Preventative Care

Your DGB for today is to start promoting the next ACA open enrollment period.

In lieu of being able to pass any Obamacare repeal through his Republican-controlled Congress, Trump will now rely on his ongoing fallback strategy: sabotaging it in every possible way to further the propaganda that it’s failing. This New York Times article explains his plan well.

One of the things he did back in January was pull advertising and outreach for the remainder of that open enrollment period (It ended January 31, 2017). The ACA needs more participation to work better, especially from the young and healthy, so promotion is key. The next open enrollment period begins November 1, 2017, and we need to let absolutely everyone know. If the government isn’t going to advertise, we the people will spread the word. Share this grab, share the ACA website- just get it out there.

Healthcare.gov has important dates and information here: https://www.healthcare.gov/quick-guide/dates-and-deadlines/, where you can also see if you qualify for 2017 coverage on the basis of finances or life events, like getting married or having a baby.

 

Diversity In Clinical Trials

Your DGB for today is to promote diversity and participation in clinical research.

We here at the DGB love diversity. And not just because of its popularity as a progressive buzzword in the 1990s, although we love the 90s too. Diversity makes the world a better, stronger, and more interesting place. It also makes it a healthier one. Unfortunately, due to various aspects of racism, sexism, and white supremacy, the lack of diversity in clinical trials and research has had a real and dangerous impact on the efficacy of medication and medical procedures.

As noted in the link, there are a number of reasons for this problem. Medical science has a long and sordid history of doing pretty much everything wrong when it comes to ethical behavior. Lack of access to medical care has a disproportionate effect on minorities and women. Sometimes it’s simply a knowledge gap. People don’t realize that they are needed to participate. Today, consider volunteering for a clinical trial and/or at least seeing if you are a good match for one. You don’t have to be suffering from a medical condition or have a complicated genetic history - healthy people are needed too!

ResearchMatch is an organization funded mostly by the National Institute of Health (NIH) that has set up a database and matching system to pair volunteers with trials that need them. Set up a profile and lend your body to science!

 

Reproductive Justice: Moving Beyond “Choice”

Your DGB for today is to read about, absorb, and incorporate reproductive justice into your feminism. 

In the US, especially among white women, we tend to frame issues of reproductive rights/equality as a matter of “choice” - that is, the legal right to choose an abortion if we wish it, and to a lesser extent, access to birth control. Reproductive justice looks at the issue of reproduction in terms of social justice. It asks questions such as, what does “choice” mean when Black women who choose to carry to term face higher rates of maternal mortality? What does “choice” mean when women of color bring home significantly less money than white women, and are more likely to have jobs that don’t offer parental leave? What does the choice to have a baby mean for mothers fearful their children will grow up to be hurt or killed by police? Reproductive justice puts the fight for choice in a much larger context.

To learn more, check out these organizations and considering supporting them with your voice on social media, your participation in events, and/or your wallet, if you can:

http://sistersong.net/

http://surgereprojustice.org/what-we-do/

http://www.protectchoice.org/section.php?id=28

 

Help Progressive Candidates Build Momentum

Your DGB for today is to help the early crop of progressive Senate candidates build their social media following.

Hate Facebook? Can’t figure out Twitter? Long for the days of handwritten letters on perfumed stationery? Well, it’s time to buck up. We have work to do. Candidates now need a strong social media following for publicity. Let’s help them get there. Follow the candidates below on social media.

We’ll start with Senate candidates who have already announced they’re running. Stay tuned for House candidates in the near future, and for updates as more candidates throw their hats into the ring.

 

Senate Candidates - Democratic Challengers:

 

Deedra Abboud, Arizona, challenging Jeff Flake

http://deedra2018.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Deedra2018/

@deedra2018

 

Jacky Rosen, Nevada, challenging Dean Heller

https://www.rosenfornevada.com/

https://www.facebook.com/rosenfornevada

@RosenforNevada

 

James Mackler, Tennessee, challenging Bob Corker

https://www.jamesmackler.com/

https://www.facebook.com/JamesMacklerForSenate/

@James_Mackler

 

Beto O’Rourke, Texas, challenging Ted Cruz

http://www.betofortexas.com/

https://www.facebook.com/betoorourke/

@BetoORourke

 

Jenny Wilson, Utah, challenging Orrin Hatch

http://wilsonforsenate.com/

https://www.facebook.com/WilsonForSenate/

@JennyWilsonUT


 

Click Like or Follow, and help build the progressive movement for 2018!

 

Not Today

Your DGB for today is to help protect the LGBTQ+ community from Trump’s horrific regime.

Wednesday produced an endless stream of horrific news that sends our country's progress in equality back a decade. First, Trump tweeted out some semi-coherent crap about kicking trans men and women out of the military. Then, later that night we heard that the Department of Justice weighed in on a case they weren’t even involved in to say that sexual discrimination in the workplace is ONLY discrimination if it’s because the person is male or female, and if they happen to be fired because they are gay, well then, they are just shit out of luck.

What we want you to do today is to stand with our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters and do everything we can to fight against Trump’s plans to undo all of Obama’s work. If you haven’t already, become a card carrying member of the ACLU. Their website also includes a petition to sign to protect our Trans Servicemembers. You can also refer to our previous Grab about how to support the community by flying the rainbow flag in your yard or getting a Hate Has No Home Here sign.

Whatever you do, we all need to be ready to go to bat for our friends, loved ones, and ourselves. It is a non-stop deluge of awful news, but we have to tell them “Not today. Not ever.”