Hope for Haiti

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We are coming up on the one year anniversary of our American president saying Haitian people have AIDS and that their country is a “shithole.” Remember that? Find our original Grab on the topic here.

Your DGB for this weekend is to team up with Hope for Haiti to support the island republic, which has historically struggled with colonial exploitation and corrupt government. Today, they need help with infrastructure and health care, among other things. Let’s show the Haitian people that the rest of the world cares.

For further reading, here are some interesting facts about the Republic of Haiti:

https://thefactfile.org/haiti-facts/

The Unlikable Woman

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It’s 2019 and we can celebrate, ladies, because sexism is DEAD!

LOLOLOLOLOL Just kidding, it’s not even winded.

Remember how Hillary Clinton was treated by the media, even “the good ones,” the fair-minded guys and gals writing for the NYT and WaPo, or reporting on CNN and NPR? “Does she smile too much? Or... not enough?” they wondered. “Is she likable?” they asked. We can’t remember them pondering this about a single, solitary male politician, not even when the question was begging to be asked.

Well, the “likability” question is baaaaaack and shockingly, it’s still about a woman. This time, Elizabeth Warren. About two nanoseconds after she announced she had established an exploratory committee into running for president in 2020, the highly gendered hand-wringing began.

Your DGB for today is to hold the media to account for this sexist trope. Every single time they ask if Warren is “likable,” or Harris is “relatable,” or if Klobuchar is “warm enough” or “too maternal,” ask them when the last time was they talked about a male candidate like this. Call them out, and demand the press do better.

North Carolina 9 Update

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Chaos still reigns in North Carolina since the state election board refused to certify Mark Harris’ self-declared and possibly stolen victory. It is now clear that no congressperson will be seated in the House of Representatives from North Carolina’s 9th district when the first session of the year begins tomorrow.

If you live in this district, your local office will open tomorrow to assist with constituent issues, managed by The Clerk of the US House of Representatives. It remains to be seen how this will affect the functionality of government there, or who will eventually fill the empty seat and how that will be determined. Less than 1,000 votes separate Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready.

Your DGB for today is to continue to support McCready using our original Grabs on NC 9 below.

https://www.dailygrabback.com/todays-grab-1/2018/9/12/flip-the-house-north-carolina?rq=north%20carolina

https://www.dailygrabback.com/todays-grab-1/2018/12/13/dan-mccready?rq=north%20carolina

Resolve To Grab Back

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We are all hopeful that 2019 will be the year the law finally catches up to Donald Trump. And, don’t get us wrong, it will be something to celebrate. However, the process of undoing the damage his administration has wrought will take many years and continued public engagement. We must never go back to the complacency we felt during the Obama White House era.

Your first DGB of this year is to resolve to keep grabbing back throughout 2019 and beyond, taking no freedom or democracy for granted.

The Building Case Against William Barr

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Your DGB for today is to read this piece by Joyce White Vance for Slate:

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/12/matt-whitaker-bill-barr-donald-trump-doj-attorney-general-congress.html

In a scathing rebuke of Trump’s choices regarding Justice Department leadership, this lays out an excellent case against confirmation for Barr, who is nominated for Attorney General, and who already cleared Trump of Obstruction of Justice in a memo no one asked for.

The Crime Report

Your DGB for today is to consider investing in a subscription to The Crime Report.

Some intriguing articles they’ve published include this one, titled Interracial Crime Study Finds Whites More Likely to Assault Blacks Than the Reverse.

A collaboration between the organization Criminal Justice Journalists and the Center on Media, Crime, and Justice at John Jay College, the site is remarkably non-partisan, award-winning, and addictively eye-opening.

The Dakota 38

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The largest mass execution in the United States took place on this day in 1862 and you’ve probably never even heard of it.

Your DGB for today is to read about this particularly ugly chapter in our historically horrendous treatment of Native people here:

https://newsmaven.io/indiancountrytoday/archive/the-traumatic-true-history-and-name-list-of-the-dakota-38-3awsx1BAdU2v_KWM81RomQ/

Fuck Butterflies, Right?

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Happy Christmas Eve, Grabbers. The Supreme Court is going to allow the Trump Administration to plow through a butterfly sanctuary in Missions, Texas. Along with swaths of private land, The National Butterfly Center finds its conservation and community work in the way of Trump’s border wall project (for which we still cannot pay).

Your DGB for today is to share this incredibly stark example of pure good vs. heartbreaking cruelty with your circle. Of all the impacts of the wall, this one is hitting us particularly hard.

We See You, Whitaker

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Amid a looming government shutdown, stock markets plunging, and Mattis-resignation-induced global chaos, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker made his move.

At first, Whitaker tried to plant the story that ethics officials told him he did not need to recuse himself from overseeing the Mueller’s investigation. After some leaks from inside the government, the actual picture emerged. This article explains it well. Basically, Whitaker has cleared himself. Cool. Cool, cool, cool, cool.

Lawmakers are heading home for the holidays, so your DGB for this weekend is to contact the Justice Department directly with your concerns.

https://www.justice.gov/contact-us

Woody Allen Is Canceled

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Hopefully most of you have already come to this conclusion on your own, but Woody Allen is unequivocal trash. Here’s a story about another teenager with whom he had a sexual relationship. This time, surprisingly, they appear not to have been relatives.

We get it, someone told you once that Allen’s movies were culturally relevant. Yeah, we all accepted a lot of things when we were freshmen in college. The taste of Jagermeister, for instance. That doesn’t mean it’s good or that we should swallow it and pretend we understand the appeal. It also doesn’t make you cool to imbibe ironically or to be deviantly contrary. We’re all set with that, too.

Your DGB for today is to quit watching Allen’s movies. Delete them from your libraries. His self-indulgent, autobiographical, pedophilic “art” can go right down the drain.

Rainforest Trust

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You know what makes a great passive-aggressive holiday gift for your conservative relatives? A donation in their name to an irrefutably tree-huggy environmental cause!

Your DGB for today is to donate to Rainforest Trust, which is celebrating 30 years of conservation work. Bonus points if you donate in the name of a Climate Change denier.

WTF Is Brexit

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Have you been putting off learning about Brexit? Like, maybe forever? Has it been too long to ask your friends to explain it now? UK Politics are mad confusing, but, to be fair, Britons are probably pretty perplexed about how we got ourselves into our current position as well.

Your DGB for today is to review this BBC Brexit explainer. We guarantee you’ll feel cultured and informed afterward.

Greg Abbott, Stand Up

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Last week, the death of a seven-year-old girl in Customs and Border Patrol custody in El Paso made the news as it highlighted the cruelty of current treatment of migrants.

This Guatemalan child had a nearly 106 degree fever and succumbed to dehydration and shock. Few details have been released.

Your DGB for today is to contact Texas Governor Greg Abbott and demand answers and accountability from CBP. Use the handy “I want to share my opinion” button at the link below, because do we ever.

https://gov.texas.gov/contact

$5 For A Safe Birth in Yemen

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Your DGB for today is to send a couple of dollars to the UNFPA

https://www.unfpa.org/delivering-world-where-every-childbirth-safe.

With the holidays, the recent elections and the ongoing chaos of the Trump administration it’s easy to overlook the goings-on outside the U.S. border (and we didn’t even mention the border situation). DGB-ers, the situation in Yemen is dire. After years of civil war, sanctions from Saudi Arabia and an unstable government the country is on the very brink of famine. You can read more about it here:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29319423

A safe birth kit assembled by the UNFPA can provide sterile supplies to local midwives and volunteers for only $5. These kits can and do save the lives of delivering mothers. Make your donation here:

https://give.friendsofunfpa.org/campaign/safe-birth-even-here-yemen/c214153?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Carousel&utm_term=Engaged&utm_content=Safe_Birth_Kit&utm_campaign=Yemen

Grab your PayPal or debit card information and help a mother give birth safely.


William Barr

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After firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions and ignoring the chain of command by installing Matthew Whitaker, Trump finally came up with a new nominee for the position.

William Barr is quite a guy. Here’s some further reading on that:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/william-barr-trumps-attorney-general-pick-wanted-government-to-restrain-sexual-immorality

http://time.com/5473756/william-barr-attorney-general-mueller-probe/

Your DGB for today is to contact your senators and let them know that you oppose Barr for AG using Resistbot.


Dan McCready

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It’s safe to say the election on November 7th didn’t go well in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. There’s still no winner, Democrat Dan McCready had to unconcede, and there have been widespread allegations of fraud - a story that has mostly slipped through the cracks with all the Cohen/Manafort/Flynn business.

Your DGB for today is to help McCready gear up for what is likely to be a long fight and possibly another election. You can still donate and volunteer through his campaign site here:

https://www.danmccready.com/

Clinton Impeachment

Oh, Lindsey. As prosecutor in Bill Clinton’s 1999 impeachment trial, the now senator was super clear in his feelings about removing a president from office. In part, his words included the following quotes:

“You don’t even have to be convicted of a crime to lose your job (as president) in this constitutional republic if this body determines your conduct as a public official is clearly out of bounds in your role.”

“Because impeachment is not about punishment. Impeachment is about cleansing the office. Impeachment is about restoring honor and integrity to the office.”

Wow, huh? Your DGB for today is to remind Graham of his passionate defense of the office of the Presidency with his own words. Contact him below.

@LindseyGrahamSC

https://www.lgraham.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact


Cyntoia Brown

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When Cyntoia Brown was just 16 years old, she shot and killed a man in Tennessee who had taken her to his house for sex. She was tried as an adult on charges of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Learn more about Cyntoia’s story by watching the documentary Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story, searching the hashtag #FreeCyntoiaBrown, or reading this article.

Your DGB for today is to contact Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, who is reviewing this case, and ask him to help Cyntoia.

https://www.tn.gov/governor/contact-us.html