Gold Star Families

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Your DGB for today is to donate a couple bucks to one or both of these gold star-related charitable efforts: this scholarship fund for the children of Sgt. La David T. Johnson and/or AmericasGoldStarFamilies.org

Donald Trump is screwing up. One of the most important jobs he has as Commander-in-Chief is extending the condolences of a grateful nation to the family of service-members who are killed in action. For a man who ran on being such a friend to the military and recently has had so much to say on the topic of patriotism, his behavior is baffling. POTUS took twelve days to publically acknowledge the sacrifice of four soldiers who died in Niger. When he finally called the pregnant widow of Army Sgt. La David T. Johnson, he made an agonizing moment worse. Failing to mention the Green Beret’s name even once, POTUS made strangely insensitive comments to Myeshia Johnson on her loss. She and the rest of the family were devastated.

This isn’t an isolated incident. Gold star widow Whitney Hunter recounted how, after her husband, Army Sgt. Jonathan Hunter, was killed this spring in Afghanistan, the White House reached out to let her know POTUS would be calling in person soon to offer his condolences. She waited, but he never did. Army Cpl. Dillon Baldridge’s father recalled that Trump did call him about the loss of his son, and after hearing of his financial straits, promised to write him a personal check. This generous offer was never fulfilled. We ask you - who DOES this to grieving family members, let alone the families of people who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country??

Since the CIC can’t seem to do right by these folks, the American public will have to step in.  

 

Elect Doug Jones

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Your DGB for today is to help Doug Jones get elected senator in Alabama.

From the state that gave us Racist Elf Sessions, Alabama now brings us a special election to fill the seat he left to head the Justice Department. Despite it being a sweet tea red state, Democrat Doug Jones actually has a chance to claim the seat December 12th. Maybe it’s because the Resistance is working. Maybe it’s because the GOP and Trump so badly screwed up in the republican primary there, somehow putting forth Roy Moore as their candidate, but recent polls has the candidates tied. http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/17/politics/alabama-poll-roy-moore-doug-jones-tied/index.html  With a little more effort, this seat could flip.

Visit Jones’ website to donate or volunteer. https://dougjonesforsenate.com/

 

Brought to You by the Letter “F”: FCC, First Amendment, & Free Press

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Your DGB for today is to ask the FCC to condemn attacks on press freedom by POTUS. 

One of the first things Hitler did was to undermine the free press, since having pesky journalists telling the masses the truth is the last thing an autocrat wants. Wanna-be dictator and all-round bully, Donald J. Trump, is no different. He constantly characterizes any news outlet that doesn’t show him deference or unflattering story as “fake news.” Last week he brazenly suggested that NBC have its “license” revoked for writing something he didn’t like. Listen fella, that’s not how this democracy thing works. That’s not how any of this works.

When you go to the link above, you’ll be able to join others in petitioning Ajit Pai, the head of the FCC, to speak out against the attempts by the president to topple one of the pillars of a free and open society.

“The Emperor has no clothes.” - a journalist, probably

 

Feed Your Community

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Your DGB is to find, support, make, donate to or all of the above a micro-food pantry.

There’s a phenomenon catching on across the country that manages to connect neighbors, help the needy, and be generally adorable all at the same time. Known by a few different names, the Micro Food Pantry, the Little Free Pantry, or the Blessing Box have a very similar mission to our own here at DGB: small actions make a real difference.

Read more about the initiative here: http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/01/11/508931473/a-new-type-of-food-pantry-is-sprouting-in-yards-across-america

Finding one to support may take some investigation. For example, doing a Facebook search on the term “Blessing Box” will bring up those that have formal Facebook locations and tags located near you.

If you are feeling more inspired by the concept please check out http://www.littlefreepantry.org where you can find a ton of resources about starting one up, yourself or getting your church, school or charitable organization to do one. Everything from building plans to legal advice is right there.

Grab back and box up a blessing!

 

ESPN

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Your DGB for today is to let ESPN know they are fouling out on racial justice.

For a second, back in September, we thought maybe ESPN would stand by Jemele Hill and on the right side of history after she called Trump a white supremacist. What can we say? Sometimes we at DGB have a misplaced faith in humanity.

Caving under what we can only assume was the pressure of presidential tweets, the network decided to suspend Hill on October 9, citing a “second violation of our social media guidelines” after she suggested a boycott of Dallas Cowboys sponsors.

Today, you’ll let ESPN know that they need to grow a pair and stand by their talent, even if that person is, god forbid, a Black woman with an opinion.

Call ESPN Corporate Offices at (860) 766-2000 and press 1 or send them a message here: http://www.espn.com/espn/customercare/index

 

DeAndre Harris

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Your DGB for today is to intervene again in the ongoing white supremacist issues in Charlottesville, VA.

When actual goddamn nazis descended on Charlottesville back in August, Black counter-protester, DeAndre Harris, was badly beaten by a group of white supremacists in a video widely circulated online. Resulting crowdsourcing led by activist Shaun King eventually led to the identification and arrest of two of Harris’ attackers.

Later, a man named Ray Crews, member of a documented hate group, alleged that Harris injured him that same day. After Charlottesville police declined to immediately arrest Harris based on the allegation, Crews went directly to a local judge. We don’t know exactly what occurred, but a warrant was issued for Harris’ arrest, circumventing the usual course of law enforcement. It looks shady. http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/12/us/charlottesville-deandre-harris-arrest/index.html

Today, you’ll contact the Chief Magistrate in the Charlottesville district and let them know this doesn’t pass the smell test.

 

Avnel Alair Coates

Sixteenth Judicial District

1610 Avon Street Extended

Charlottesville, VA 22902

(434) 977-0220

 

NFL Policies

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Your DGB for today is to contact the NFL about their upcoming league meetings.

This week in How Black People Are Allowed To Move Their Bodies, Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to his teams, stating that “everyone should stand” during the national anthem and that the NFL will soon present a plan to “move past this controversy” after leaders meet in New York next week. http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/11/557072923/nfls-roger-goodell-says-players-should-stand-for-national-anthem

Unless Roger has a magic racial injustice undoer wand, this sounds like a bunch of privileged nonsense to us.

The following day, the league walked back this memo after an unhinged tweet from you-know-who, stating that no policy change is yet in place. For people in the business of strategy, the NFL is pretty crappy at presenting a clear game plan.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000860248/article/roger-goodell-no-policy-change-on-national-anthem

You can let the league know that protests will stop right around the time equality dawns and to quit trying to play both sides of this issue by tweeting the Commissioner @nflcommish or calling the NFL at (212) 450 2000.

 

Let’s Vote this Mother F’er

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Your DGB for today is to check out what’s happening at HeadCount.Org.

If we want to get rid of this Dusty Cheeto anytime soon, we’re gonna have to elect a democratic Congress and Senate in 2018. We can hope and pray all we want for Mueller to pull through and save the day, but we can’t put all of our eggs into one basket, especially when that basket is already filled with deplorables. If we want a fighting chance, we need to take back House and Senate and HeadCount is here to help.

HeadCount pairs with musicians to get out the vote. They help register people to vote and hook you up with the chance to volunteer to register people, all while putting on awesome concerts that promote voter awareness, with kick ass artists like The Roots, Black Keys, CAKE and Jay-Z. They also provide information for your local elections, including ballots, polling places, and deadlines for voter registration.

We HAVE to stay involved in our local as well as national elections. So team up with HeadCount and vote the hell out of your next election.

 

Pence the Putz

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Your DGB for today is to help draw attention to the scam that Mike Pence is trying to run on the American people.

Lately, despite numerous and sundry devastation of our country by fire, water, and wind, our President and his administration have decided to tackle an issue that only the most deplorable cares anything about: the positioning of NFL players’ bodies during the playing of the National Anthem. Because literally nothing is worse than a rich black person forgetting their place in Trump’s America, Trump and crew decided to kick things up a notch and stage a publicity stunt worthy of the WWE.

Last Sunday the Vice President, Mike Pence, showed up in Indiana to watch a Colts game only to be so shocked by the so-called lack of respect from kneeling players that he left early. It is also noteworthy that Trump himself has been banned from the NFL for life so he had no way to Tweet directly about the game himself. A few things to note about this incident:

Pence shared a three-year old picture of a game, too busy (or not bothering…) to snap a new photo. Security was alerted before Pence even arrived that he would likely leave early. This whole debacle cost the American taxpayer over $200,000.

Folks, let’s demand our money back. If Trump wants to send his minions on errands he can do it on his own dime. Color of Change (check them out here: https://www.colorofchange.org) has started a Twitter campaign to get Pence to pay back the money used for this shameful waste of taxpayer money not to mention a high-level public official’s time. Join in on #PencePayItBack on Twitter and Color of Change here: https://campaigns.organizefor.org/petitions/mike-pence-pay-the-money-you-wasted-targeting-black-athletes-back.

Grab back some stolen tax dollars!

 

Jemele Hill

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Your DGB for today is to boycott Dallas Cowboy advertisers, just as Jemele Hill suggested, as a way to let Cowboy owner Jerry Jones know it’s not ok to bench players for protesting the killing of Black people.

In September, Hill was in the news for daring to point out the emperor has no clothes, calling POTUS a white supremacist and a bigot. Truth. This time, she tweeted about Jerry Jones’ threat to bench any players who take a knee during the national anthem. Her “crime” was merely pointing out that instead of boycotting the Cowboys themselves for Jones’ comments, folks could target their sponsors. For her efforts to stand up for Black lives, she was suspended by her employer, ESPN.

We can’t believe we have to say this, but actual Black people are more important than a symbol or a piece of cloth. What’s the point of “respecting the flag” if the country it’s supposed to represent doesn’t respect all its citizens? If the Cowboys owner is going to punish the players for protesting, then hit him where it hurts - right in the ole’ wallet. Tell Jemele Hill and the players who kneel, we hear you.  

 

Save the Food

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Your DGB for today is to check out SaveTheFood.com and learn how to reduce your food waste.

Americans toss nearly 300 lbs of food per person, per year. If you look at the average lifespan of 80 years, that’s approximately 24,000 lbs of food. Save the Food offers easily doable tips to lower your family’s food waste, putting money back into your pocket, and less food waste into our landfills. Wasting food also wastes water. Making one pound of chicken is equivalent to running your shower for 174 minutes. Find more facts like these on their website.

Save the Food will give you recipes to reduce your waste, help you meal plan, teach you the proper ways to store food to make it last longer, know when you throw out your food, or what you can do with it to reduce waste and eliminate having to throw it out.

Join the movement and #SaveTheFood. Mother Earth needs all the help she can get these days.

 

Blue Water Navy Veterans

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Your DGB for today is to register your support for the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017. https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/299

Remember Agent Orange? Yeah, it’s still torturing and killing Vietnam veterans. If you’re too young to remember, Agent Orange was widely used by the United States government in herbicidal warfare in Operation Ranch Hand, affecting - at the very least - Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Many veterans have received benefits and compensation from Veterans Affairs for their cancers and other illnesses. Others, however, have had their claims denied because they were based outside the recognized geography of exposure. This bill would expand those areas to include Vietnam’s territorial seas, allowing many Navy vets to receive the treatment and compensation they deserve for their service to our country.

You’ll use Countable or Resistbot to let your reps know that you support the continued care of all veterans.

 

Trump’s Tax Scam

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Your DGB for today is to sign up with https://www.trumptaxscam.org/ and get ready to fight this next legislative agenda item.

The package that arrives wrapped in pretty “tax reform” paper is actually, surprise surprise, just ugly tax cuts for the wealthy. Trump, his family, and his friends stand to benefit. It’s almost as though we elected a sleazy business man to our country’s highest office. Read all about the corruption on the site, which is a subset of the Indivisible movement and has a multitude of toolkits, scripts, and even a state-by-state breakdown of impacts.

Don’t count on the ineptitude of Mitch McConnell this time around. Nothing motivates quite like money, making this an especially tough battle for the Resistance.

 

Another Doozy From Lindsey Graham

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Your DGB for today is to oppose the criminalization of abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Another crap bill from Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (yes, they are apparently serious with that name) is astonishingly tone-deaf and hypocritical in the current American climate. http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/354032-graham-graham-introduces-20-week-abortion-ban-with-45-cosponsors

Graham wanted big government out of heathcare during his ACA repeal failure, but is fine legislating uterus laws. http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/27/obamacare-repeal-graham-cassidy-243178

All around stand up guy and co-sponsor of the House version of this bill, Tim Murphy (R-PA-18), was found this week to have one major exception to his anti-choice stance.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/05/us/politics/tim-murphy-resigns-abortion-scandal.html

Learn how to read a room, Lindsey.

You’ll use Countable or Resistbot to register your version of “Can we NOT with this shit?”

 

Children’s Health Insurance Program

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Your DGB for today is to call your Members of Congress and insist they vote to restore funding to the Children’s Health Insurance Program, CHIP. CHIP covers approximately 9 million children in the US, helping out families who can’t afford health insurance but make too much to qualify for Medicaid. You know, those lower- and middle-income Americans that Republicans say they champion.

On Sept. 30th, while POTUS was busy bullying the mayor of San Juan on Twitter and Tom Price was cleaning out his desk at the Dept. of HHS, the GOP-led Congress was letting the funding for CHIP lapse. They sure do love stripping Americans of health insurance, don’t they? Extra bonus points, apparently, if they can torpedo a program Hillary helped create. Now members of the House are squabbling over where the money will come from in the new re-funding bill. Tell them - Democrat and Republican alike - to knock that off and get it done.

Call your MoC by phone, use Resistbot, or simply hack into one of Javanka’s many private email accounts and send a strong message to Congress that CHIP is too important to let lapse.

 

Just the Facts

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Your DGB for today is to load up on some information so you’re ready for a gun debate.

In the wake of the weekend shooting in Las Vegas or as we in the United States have begun calling it, Groundhog Day, opportunities to discuss gun control will be all around you. We want you to be ready to join this exchange in a meaningful way. And before you say “But DGB, no one ever changes their mind in an Internet debate!” let us warn you that the staff at DGB actually met on a debate forum and during our various tenures participating have seen and experienced many opinions shift and evolve. But you need to bring the facts and the sources if you want to defeat the lies that circulate rampantly about gun regulation.

So today we would like you to check out Armed With Reason here: http://www.armedwithreason.com because they have pulled together some powerful arguments and information to help you win your next gun debate. They have assembled a source list that will have even the most articulate ammosexual begging for mercy: http://www.armedwithreason.com/gun-study-database/.

Grab back and arm yourself with the facts.

 

Donate Blood

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Your DGB for today is to donate blood or, if you’re unable, help someone else do the same.

On Monday, Americans woke up to the horrible news that the worst mass shooting in US history had occurred overnight in Las Vegas, NV. The death toll of that shooting now stands at 58, and the injured at 527. As early as two am, folks started lining up at blood donation centers in LV to do their part for the injured at overwhelmed area hospitals.

If you live in Las Vegas, the need is obvious and immediate. But tragedy, whether it be a senseless act of violence or a natural disaster, can strike any community at any time, and blood is always a precious commodity. To find out where to donate in your area, go here and enter your city and state. If you can’t donate for some reason, consider giving someone who can a ride or making a monetary donation to your local blood bank.

When things like this happen, it is easy to feel like there’s nothing we can do. But there ARE ways we can help. A donation today might save a life tomorrow.

 

Bossier Parish, Louisiana Public Schools

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Your DGB for today is to contact the Superintendent’s office of Bossier Parish Schools in Louisiana.

After the recent surge in public protests from professional athletes, Superintendent Scott Smith decided to threaten student athletes with disciplinary action for exercising their First Amendment rights, bringing to mind the forced Nazi flag salutes of 1930’s Germany. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/29/us/high-school-anthem-protest.html?mcubz=1

Today, you’ll call his office with the contact information provided below and give him hell using your own creativity or this DGB suggested script:

 

“The US Supreme Court ruled in 1943 that no student has to stand, salute, or even recite the Pledge of Allegiance. You’ve stepped way beyond the jurisdiction of your office and should walk back your threats immediately.”

 

http://www.bossierschools.org/supt_office

If you or someone you know in Louisiana has received a letter from your public school or district about a national anthem policy, let the ACLU know here:

https://action.aclu.org/secure/la_complaint

 

I Think You Better Sign this Petition… Sign It!

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Your DGB for today is to sign this petition to change the name of Robert E. Lee Park in Dallas, TX to Erykah Badu Park.

A statue of Robert E. Lee was recently removed from a park in Dallas, TX, but the park is still named after Confederate General Lee. DGB wants to replace ALL confederate monuments, statues, and parks. So today we are just asking you to sign the petition to honor Dallas native Badu. If you happen to live in Texas, particularly Dallas, give your city council members a call. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/robert-e-lee-park-erykah-badu_us_59cbae98e4b053a9c2f57003?section=us_black-voices

We think ya better call Dallas (call him)

And tell him come on, help you get your confederate shit.

 

American Black Cross

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Your DGB for today is to get involved with the American Black Cross.

The ABC is a network of humanitarian volunteers on the ground providing communities in need with rescues, relief, and rebuilding. They have recently gained some well-earned notoriety mobilizing during this devastating hurricane season.

You can connect with volunteer opportunities on their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/theamericanblackcross/

Donate from their wishlist here: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1NN6LRHJZ0CC5

Or support them by purchasing merchandise here: https://americanblackcross.org/merchandise/