Trump has GOT to Go

Your DGB for today is to call your congress member and ask them to start an investigation into the allegations that Trump sexually assaulted multiple women.

As Alabama decides today whether or not it will elect a child sexual predator to the senate, women across this country are left wondering why we have a sexual predator sitting in the White House. We are tired and outraged. We are sick of seeing him there and being reminded of the injustices of #MeToo every day, so we are joining three of his accusers and asking, no… demanding, members of congress investigate these allegations of sexual abuse and harassment.

You shouldn’t be new to this, but you can find contact info for your senators here:

https://www.senate.gov/reference/common/faq/How_to_correspond_senators.htm

and for your representatives here:

https://www.house.gov/representatives

Let them know that we will not stand for a sexual predator in the Oval Office and ask what they are going to do about it. Next, you can ask them if they will support Senator Cory Booker in his call for Trump to resign from the presidency. Booker said, “I just watched Al Franken do the honorable thing and resign. My question is — why isn’t Donald Trump doing the same thing? Who has more serious allegations against him, with more women who have come forward?”

 

It's Time to Talk Impeachment

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Your DGB for today is to sign this petition to start impeachment proceedings in congress against Donald J. Trump.

It’s been a year and some change since the election and Trump has been every inch the disaster we feared he’d be: deeply beholden to Russia; bigoted against people of color, LGBTQ, disabled, women, the poor and more; an embarrassment on the world stage; terrifyingly casual about provoking our enemies; and seemingly determined to turn our country into an authoritarian state.

It’s time to call for impeachment, for reasons too numerous to list. But colluding with our enemies, undermining democracy, and being a sexual predator are a good start. Since coal is a dying industry anyway, let’s fill #45’s stocking with best wishes for an early retirement (and possible jail time) instead.

 

 

Doug Jones vs Pedophile: Yes, This Is Real Life

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Your DGB for today is to stop a pedophile from becoming a United States Senator.

The bummer about this race is that, while everyone is rightly up in arms about the extremely creepy weirdo running against him, Doug Jones’ merits have been mainly that he doesn’t victimize children. In reality, he’s qualified, progressive, and ambitious. We long for a boring political race based on the issues.

We’ve asked you to donate to Jones’ campaign before, but we need you to do so again. Also, spend this weekend loudly declaring your feelings on social media, especially if you live in Alabama. The December 12th race is critical to Democratic representation in the Senate, but also our very base integrity as a country.

 

#DGB #TBT Sanctuary Cities

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Your DGB for this Throwback Thursday is to donate to the ACLU in support of Sanctuary Cities.

Our first Grab on Sanctuary Cities was back in February, on the heels of a January 25th Executive Order lording federal grants over the heads of city governments with the audacity to not turn citizens over to federal immigration authorities. https://www.dailygrabback.com/todays-grab-1/2017/2/3/block-the-threat-to-sanctuary-cities?rq=sanctu

Since then, federal judges in Chicago and San Francisco have dealt blows to the order, rendering it essentially void unless appealed or amended.

These are huge victories, but it won’t end here. Give another dollar to the ACLU to help them keep fighting the never-ending reincarnations of bans, walls, and raids.

Find a list of Sanctuary Cities, Counties, and States here:

https://cis.org/Map-Sanctuary-Cities-Counties-and-States

 

Internet Access for All

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Your DGB for today is to learn about the digital gap and support an organization that is trying to close it.

Imagine for a moment what your life here in late 2017 would look like right now if you had no Internet access. How would it change? The Internet provides entertainment, news, information, communication, and of course... DGB. But Internet connections are still relatively expensive and in some places not even available. It might surprise you to know that in some particularly impoverished areas of Detroit there is no Internet infrastructure. Lack of Internet access has powerful and negative implications that keep people poor. You can read more about the issue here: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/kz3xyz/detroit-mesh-network?utm_source=mbtwitter and here: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/23/technology/unemployed-detroit-residents-are-trapped-by-a-digital-divide.html?_r=2.

One organization is attempting to remove this massive obstacle. They set up free wireless hotspots in Detroit communities with this problem. Please check out their important work here: http://detroitcommunitytech.org/eii. Can you help them by kicking over a few dollars? Then go here: https://www.alliedmedia.org/dctp/donate

Grab back and get people some Internet!

 

Protect Wild & Sacred Lands From Greedy Developers

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Your DGB for today is to read over our list of suggested ways to help protect our national monuments from Trump’s agenda and choose at least one.

 

On Monday, the same president who was so keen to protect *Confederate* monuments from harm signed an executive order that shrank Bears Ears National Monument by a stunning 85%, and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by HALF. Trump claimed this was to restore grazing and hunting rights to the people of Utah. Fact check #1: national monument status on this land does not impinge on grazing or hunting; it does, however, protect the land from new drilling, mining, and fracking endeavors. Hm… Fact check #2: the people of Utah, especially the indigenous folk who consider these lands sacred, overwhelmingly do not want Trump’s “help” removing these protections.

It may seem like a done deal, but there are things we can do:

 

1) Donate to environmental groups that have already filed suit on behalf of Grand Staircase-Escalante, like the Sierra Club https://www.sierraclub.org/ , Natural Resources Defense Council https://www.nrdc.org/ , and the Wilderness Society http://wilderness.org/

 

2) Wear your support or buy it for friends. Surely someone on your Christmas list wears t-shirts and cares about environmental conservation and/or indigenous rights:  http://utahdinebikeyah.org/t-shirts/

 

3) Join the League of Conservation Voters https://www.lcv.org/. Fight greed and shortsightedness at the ballot box.

 

4) Support the five tribes - Navajo, Ute Mountain Ute, Ute Indian Tribe, Hopi and Zuni - who are suing the government to protect Bears Ears: http://bearsearscoalition.org/

 

Use Your Spare Change for Good

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Your DGB for today is to check out Appolition and donate your spare change to help pay someone’s bail.

While people of color make up about 30 percent of the United States’ population, they account for 60 percent of those imprisoned. 1 in every 15 African American men is currently incarcerated in comparison to 1 in every 106 white men.” - http://www.konbini.com/en/lifestyle/app-spare-change-bail-out-black-prison-inmates/

This has a profound effect on communities of color, particularly those already struggling to make ends meet. Appolition is striving to help the millions of men in prison, who are still there just because they cannot make bail, and they need our help to do it.

Appolition links to your bank account and rounds up your everyday purchases. When you reach 50 cents it automatically donates your spare change to National Bail Out, an organization working to pay the bail of those who cannot afford it. You can stop and start your donations at any time. If you currently can’t sign up for Appolition, we suggest you make a donation to National Bail Out and help reduce the mass incarceration rates that remain staggeringly high because people can’t afford bail.

Tis the season to give, so let’s give and help reunite families during the holidays.

 

Tax Reform

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Your DGB for today is to bombard your Senators with messages to vote against the GOP’s tax reform bill.

We all have Horrible Senate Bill Fatigue, but we still need to get over this next hurdle. We killed like ten separate health care reform attempts and we can win this battle, too.

If you want to read all the terrifying details of the bill, do so here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/11/26/senate-gop-tax-bill-hurts-the-poor-more-than-originally-thought-cbo-finds/?utm_term=.b10e09602c2c. It’s basically a reverse Robin Hood with a poorly-hidden health care repeal bonus. The nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation and Congressional Budget Office both agree the bill greatly harms poor Americans and inflates the deficit. Those with “economic anxiety” may want to take notice.

You’ll use Resistbot, a billboard, Owl Post, streaking, street art, email, or anything else you can think of to get your point across this weekend: stop trying to make the rich richer on the backs of the poor.

 

#DGB #TBT JDoe

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Your DGB for this Throwback Thursday is to make friends with JDoe.

Back in May, we brought you this Grab on the sexual assault report and support website. In light of the #MeToo revolution, DGB finds this resource particularly relevant. Legal help, which they offer, makes victims 300% more likely to report a sexual assault.

It’s kind of like having your own personal Detective Olivia Benson at the ready.

 

Are You an American Dream Sharer or Hoarder?

Your DGB for today is to uncover if you are a dream hoarder.

The excesses and atrocities of the American top 1 percent have been well documented. But did you know that you don’t have to be in the “Toilets of Gold” class to keep the poor from climbing out of poverty? The issue is opportunity hoarding by the upper middle class (top 20 percent) and it’s a serious problem in our country. There are real and tangible blockades to climbing the socioeconomic ladder and they don’t appear out of thin air. A book by Richard V. Reeves delves into this uncomfortable topic (find it on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Dream-Hoarders-American-Leaving-Everyone/dp/081572912X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1511964479&sr=8-1&keywords=dream+hoarding).

What we would like you to do today is to learn about this challenge and think about how you may be inadvertently participating in hoarding the American dream. Read about it here: https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/06/the-hoarding-of-the-american-dream/530481/. And take the quiz here: https://www.brookings.edu/book/dream-hoarders/

Grab back and share the Dream.

 

Defend the Consumer Fraud Protection Bureau

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Your DGB for today is get loud about the importance of protecting the CFPB from being gutted by the current administration.

If you thought your Monday was bad, give a thought to the poor staff at the Consumer Fraud Protection Bureau. After the bureau’s head, Richard Cordray, stepped down on Friday, worker bees and middle management began this week with dueling emails from two different people purporting to be the boss: Leandra English, named as acting director by the outgoing director; and Mick Mulvaney, who was installed by POTUS (and already has a demanding job as head of OMB). Although the Dodd-Frank Act clearly gives Cordray the power to name English acting director, Mulvaney showed up with donut bribes, took over the director’s office, and demanded the staff ignore all directives from English. Awkward!

But this is more than just awkward. This bureau is supposed to protect consumers from things like subprime mortgages, predatory payday lending, deliberately confusing credit card agreements, and so on. It is a central piece of Obama-era Wall Street reforms and it is intended to operate outside political pressures from Congress or the White House. But Republicans, the same ones who claim to want to “drain the swamp,” have been dying to undercut this agency. Mulvaney himself has been on record saying the CFPB is a “sick, sad joke.” It is clear Mulvaney and HIS boss want him at the helm so they can basically stall the whole project.

We need you to raise your voices and tell Congress, the WH, and anyone who will listen that this hostile takeover of an agency that protects the little guy is completely unacceptable. We MUST defend the agency that defends us. Use Resistbot to let Congress hear you, and use #DefendCFPB on social media to raise awareness.

 

#MeToo Bill

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Your DGB for today is to contact your Senators and Representatives and tell them to vote yes on the #MeToo Bill.

The #MeToo movement has swept the United States and has touched everywhere from Hollywood to corporate America, conversations at the dinner table to Capitol Hill. What makes the sexual harassment especially horrific in DC is their reporting policy, which sounds a lot like an attempt to shut down all conversations and dissuade reporting. You can find out more about the policy here: http://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/361845-speier-congressional-reporting-system-for-sexual-harassment-set-up

Two female Democratic lawmakers have plans to change all that and have authored the ME TOO Congress Act. Representative Jackie Speier of California and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York want to require mandatory sexual harassment training and to reform the current way of reporting to make it easier for the victims and less protective of the accused.

Today, you’ll use Resistbot to demand more from our lawmakers. It’s time these perpetrators pay for their actions. #MeToo

 

La David Johnson

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Your DGB for today is to demand answers for the family of La David Johnson.

We still know very little about the October 4th, 2017 ambush in Niger that killed four American service members and five Nigerien soldiers.

What we do know for sure is that his funeral was October 21st, his widow was never permitted to view his body, and our military found parts of him (again?) on November 12th. Oh, and Trump handled the entire incident remarkably poorly, even for him. http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/23/politics/trump-johnson-call/index.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2017/11/21/more-remains-belonging-to-sgt-la-david-johnson-found-in-niger-military-says/?utm_term=.c4bade114642

This weekend, you’ll use Resistbot to hound your congressional representatives and demand, at the very LEAST, a Benghazi-level of attention. Those who serve our country, and their families, deserve better than this.

 

#DGB #TBT Black Owned Friday

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Your DGB for this Throwback Thursday is to support Black owned and operated businesses.

Earlier this year, we gave you a resource to find Black, locally-owned places to give your business. Sadly, it is taking a lot longer to expand the directory than developers originally thought. (Even more tragically, we included a Bernie quote in this Grab. We plead PETSD- Post-Election Traumatic Stress Disorder.)

https://www.dailygrabback.com/todays-grab-1/2017/1/16/help-redistribute-the-wealth-and-support-black-businesses?rq=black%20owned

Fortunately, there are other ways to locate businesses, such as http://www.blackbusinesslist.com/ and http://www.blackbusiness.org/

Get ready to make this year a Black owned Black Friday.

 

Support Indigenous Communities

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Your DGB for today is to find a way to support local indigenous communities.

Second only to Columbus Day on the list of Problematic American Holidays, Thanksgiving has almost arrived. And while a food coma makes it easy to ignore the uncomfortable realities of historical facts surrounding the original feast, we would like you to make a small effort to bring restoration to the people that lost so much in the building of this nation, the United States.

First, you will need to do a little research to find what Native American tribe(s) are local to your area. Here is a resource that can help: http://www.native-languages.org/states.htm

Once you discover that information, find a way to assist.

Are they having issues with your town, city, county, state or Federal government? Contact your officials and let them know you want their need heard and a solution found.

Do they have art, food, books, music or other things for sale? Buy something.

Are they looking for volunteers with specific skills that you happen to have? Pitch in.

These are just a few suggestions. Find more here: http://nativesinamerica.com/2015/03/7-ways-for-non-natives-to-empower-native-people/

And here: http://mashable.com/2015/11/26/native-american-thanksgiving/#7w4_vTqS6PqV

While your butter softens and your turkey brines, grab back and support your Native American neighbors.

 

Because Donations are a Girl’s Best Friend

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Your DGB for today is to celebrate Daily Grab Back’s first birthday by donating to one of six organizations we’re highlighting today.

By our calculations, we’ve been at this a whole year. Holy guacamole, that’s a lot of Grabbing! And what, you ask, do we want wrapped up in a pretty bow for our birthday? Well, world peace and an end to patriarchal white supremacy would do nicely, thankyouverymuch. But if that doesn’t fit in the back of your Prius, we’d love it if instead you donate a few bucks to one of these worthy causes:

http://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank/ - People in your community are going hungry this holiday season, and you can help. Giving cash to food banks goes even further than donating actual food, but every bit helps.

http://justbeinc.wixsite.com/justbeinc/home - Just Be, Inc. is a great organization dedicated to the needs of girls and young women of color and the originator of the sexual assault #MeToo social media campaign.

http://www.emilyslist.org/- As this November revealed, women have been running for office in record numbers, and totally crushing it. Emily’s List is behind a lot of these amazing women and their rise to leadership roles.

http://www.seashepherd.org/ - The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is an international group dedicated to protecting marine wildlife, with its own fleet that engages in direct action to protect animal species and ecosystems.

https://www.narf.org/ - For almost 50 years, the Native American Rights Fund has been offering legal assistance to native groups and individuals, protecting tribal lands, defending civil rights, and more.

https://www.habitat.org/ - Habitat For Humanity helps families and communities build housing for themselves and others all over the world. Right now HFH is involved in the rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico, where it’s desperately needed.

 

Help Archive Black American History

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Your DGB for today is to check out the Community Curation Program provided by the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The Community Curation Program is a free outreach program for Black families that helps archive and preserve pictures and videos in digital form. They also plan to showcase some of the images in an upcoming exhibit, to “recognize the importance of these vernacular, homemade images, this folk cinema, as an alternate history to the kinds of history that the mass media tells,” said museum media archivist, Walter Forsberg.

You can read more about the plans for the program here: https://nmaahc.si.edu/explore/initiatives/family-history-center/community-curation-program and check out some of the images that have already been digitized and archived. You can also donate to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and keep amazing programs like this running. 

 

Brett Talley

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Your DGB for today is to oppose the appointment of Brett Talley.

Trump picks all the best people, like Flynn and Manafort, so we shouldn’t be surprised by his pick for an Alabama judgeship, but he’s majorly jumped the shark on this one. Dude is a ghosthunting lawyer who has never even tried a case, is married to someone in Trump’s administration, and has defended the KKK on an online message board.

He was still voted out of committee last week because everything is terrible and now his nomination will advance to the senate floor, despite the American Bar Association rating him “not qualified.”

If you haven’t felt the need to scream into a pillow yet today, read more about him here:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/11/15/trump_nominee_brett_talley_appears_to_have_defended_the_first_kkk.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/11/13/that-judicial-nominee-whos-never-tried-a-case-is-also-married-to-a-trump-administration-lawyer/?utm_term=.8fada2f2da81

Then, spend your weekend using Resistbot to let your Senators know this guy doesn’t deserve a lifetime appointment.

 

#DGB #TBT Thanksgiving Table-talk

Your DGB for this Throwback Thursday is to refresh your memory on how to talk about politics over your mom’s green bean casserole.

It’s been almost a year now since that first turkey day after The Election That Shall Not Be Named, when the wound was oh-so-fresh and so was our desire to leap across the table and stab Aunt Mildred with a fork for her Trump vote. It’s been a fun year, huh? [cue hysterical laughter] The feelings of shock may have faded, but now we have a laundry list of ways the Trump administration has been every bit the nightmare we feared, plus a few we didn’t see coming. And many of us STILL have to break bread this holiday season with the MAGA crowd. So it’s a good idea to remind ourselves how to have discussions that might make a real impact.

The staff here at Daily Grab Back will be doing the same. And we will be counting our blessings, not the least of which are all you Grabbers who take the time to make a difference - thank you. As for you, Aunt Mildred? You’re still on our naughty list.

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

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Your DGB for today is to watch The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson. https://www.netflix.com/title/80189623

A transgender woman, Danica Roem, made history this week by being elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. In a plot twist that seems made for the eventual movie, her opponent was a socially conservative author of the state’s Bathroom Bill. But did you know that Roem was not the first trans woman elected to state legislature and that in fact the first one to earn that title was Althea Garrison back in 1992?  We didn’t either, and that’s a problem. It’s time to level up on our transgender history knowledge.

Netflix recently released an excellent documentary on gay rights activist, Marsha Johnson. A search for answers surrounding Johnson’s mysterious death and violence against trans women drive the narrative, however a lot of fascinating people and stories are also encountered, illustrating the impact of one life lived with vibrant authenticity.

Grab some popcorn and your Apple TV remote and get to know an amazing person.