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Lobby Mike Coffman

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Your DGB for today is to save a little Colorado girl from deportation.

Four year old Angela Becerra is the adopted daughter of two US citizens: Amy Becerra, who works for the State of Colorado, and Marco Becerra, who works for the federal government. Angela was adopted in Peru in 2017, when the Becerras owned a home there, and her citizenship has been in limbo ever since. It took 13 months for her visa application to be approved and now her immigration case has been denied. Her visa expires on August 31st, at which point she will be at risk of deportation.

The family has visited Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO-6) and asked for help. Keep in mind that Coffman is a facing a tough reelection this November, which could potentially shape the way he handles this crisis. Today, you’ll contact his office and make sure he knows we won’t stand for any outcome other than this family unit staying legally and permanently intact.

https://coffman.house.gov/contact/

 

#DGB #TBT Bail Out

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If you missed yesterday’s Grab, check it out here:

https://www.dailygrabback.com/todays-grab-1/2018/8/3/watch-a-jay-z-production

Like Kalief Browder’s, many a story could have a very different end if an accused person’s family is able to make bail after arrest. Your DGB for this Throwback Thursday is to donate to bail funds or volunteer to work at ending the cash bail enterprise in the United States.

https://www.dailygrabback.com/todays-grab-1/2017/12/4/use-your-spare-change-for-good

 

https://www.dailygrabback.com/todays-grab-1/2018/5/17/national-bail-out

 

 

For further reading on the major flaws in the system, see here:

 

 

https://ellabakercenter.org/blog/2017/05/5-reasons-bail-is-bad

 

 

Just a Spoonful of Sugar

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Your DGB for today is to save a bee. David Attenborough, narrator of docu-series like Planet Earth and Blue Planet, urged everyone recently to take the simple step of putting out a teaspoon of sugar water for a tired bee. The sugar water may be enough to revive the bee and allow it to return home to its colony. Why? Because however the fate of the bees goes, so goes the human diet.

Modern agriculture has come a long, long way since our ancestors first started planting cereal crops in the Fertile Crescent 13,000 years ago. But one thing that hasn’t changed is our reliance on natural pollinators like bees. Unfortunately, climate change, pollution, and habitat destruction have wreaked havoc on bee populations. About a third of the crops we eat rely to a certain extent on bee pollination. While the extinction of bees might not mean the extinction of all of us, it would have a tremendous impact on our global food system.

It’s a small act, but sometimes small acts multiplied many times are what make the difference. Grab a spoon, won’t you?

 

Are You Registered to Vote?

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Your DGB for today is to confirm that you are, indeed, registered to vote in the state, county, and city in which you intend to cast your ballot in November.

Today the Supreme Court handed down a decision that is Very Bad News for voting rights in the US. Husted (short for Husted, Ohio Sec. of State v. A. Philip Randolph Institute et al.) makes it legal for states to purge voter rolls of folks who’ve been infrequent voters. That’s it. These will be people who’ve committed no crime other than to fail to make it to the polls for some arbitrary number of elections. Of course, as is often the case with voter suppression, this will affect certain groups more than others - namely, people of color, senior citizens, folks with disabilities, and the poor.

This is a blow to our democratic process, but we can combat it. After confirming that you are still registered, see if friends or family need help checking their own status. Depending on your state, it may be important to do this well ahead of November. If someone finds that they need to register, help them with that, too.

It should be clear to everyone by now that not even Trump’s impeachment will be the end of this horrendous mess. The whole complicit GOP needs to be booted out of Washington and we can only do that if we all VOTE.

 

Happy Birthday, Mr. President

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Your DGB for today is to send Donald Trump the jolliest birthday wishes you can think of for his 72nd next week.

Trump’s birthday is June 14th and it just wouldn’t be right if we didn’t wish him the best on his birthday. Thankfully, he’s been very accommodating, giving us an open forum to write our feelings all out on his official birthday card.

So feel free to let loose today and tell him how you REALLY feel. We’re sure the comments will be censored, but sometimes just typing it out helps you feel a smidge better.

 

Ditch Pruitt

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Your DGB for today is to call for swamp monster Scott Pruitt to resign, pack up his knick-knacks and family photos, and carry his sad little cardboard box out the front door of the EPA forever.

Ever since he was confirmed as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Pruitt has been the poster child for swampiness, for how to blithely disregard ethics and use your federal job to line your own pockets. You may recall that he spent thousands of tax dollars on first class plane travel so he could avoid the angry Americans in coach who wanted to know why the head of the EPA seems more interested in protecting fossil fuel interests than, you know, the environment. He rented a sweet condo in Washington, DC for fifty bucks a night from an industry lobbyist. Then he spent an ungodly sum on a not-at-all-paranoid soundproof booth in his office. He misused his taxpayer-funded security detail, used lights and sirens to get to date night with his wife a little faster, and spent tons of dough on fancy signing pens (even gold-plated POTUS only uses Sharpies). Just this weekend we learned that he may have used the promise of favorable policy from the EPA to get courtside seats from a coal industry exec. And finally, *at the very moment we were already writing this Grab,* the news of a NEW ethical violation broke. Apparently Pruitt was having his government-paid employees do personal errands for him, including house-hunting, and purchasing a used mattress from Trump International hotels. We’re flabbergasted by that one.

It is seriously time for this stinking pile of ethical violations to exit stage right. Make some noise. Call your members of congress, tweet your disapproval @EPA, let the administration know this guy’s expiration date is up.

(An aside to EPA building security - you might want to poke around in Scott’s box when he leaves. We wouldn’t put it past him to steal the office stapler.)

 

#DGB #TBT School Shootings are Real

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Your DGB for this Throwback Thursday is to tell Trump to use his Twitter fingers to take down InfoWars.

More than a year has passed since this Grab asking Trump to disavow nutjob Alex Jones and his Sandy Hook conspiracy bullshit:

https://www.dailygrabback.com/todays-grab-1/2017/4/12/school-shootings-are-real?rq=infowars

Since then, a Florida woman was sentenced to five months in prison for making death threats against the father of Noah Pozner, age six, who was murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Alex Jones has championed the spread of conspiracy theories surrounding the tragedy, leading to incidents like this. Parents, including Pozner’s father, have now sued Jones for defamation.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/17/business/media/alex-jones-sandy-hook.html

As far as Jones’ relationship with Trump, it seems to be a bit strained these days, with Jones’s recent unhinged crying and swearing at the president over Syria strikes. Considering that Trump has flown into a Twitter rage at just about everyone from Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Kristen Stewart, surely he can denounce Alex Jones over his “Fuck you, Trump”- if not for the 20 schoolchildren and tortured survivors of the Sandy Hook Massacre that was DEFINITELY REAL, BTW- then for his own fragile ego.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/01/28/upshot/donald-trump-twitter-insults.html

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2018/04/15/alex_jones_profanity-filled_rant_reacting_to_syria_strike_fck_you_trump.html

Let @realDonaldTrump know that someone has insulted him. You can also contact your favorite White House correspondent and encourage them to ask Sarah Huckabee Sanders for Trump’s response to Jones and/or the recent lawsuit.

https://ipfs.io/ipfs/QmXoypizjW3WknFiJnKLwHCnL72vedxjQkDDP1mXWo6uco/wiki/White_House_press_corps.html

 

Making Moves for the Massacre

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Your DGB for today is to make your plans for the impending firing of Robert Mueller.

Yesterday, the FBI raided Michael Cohen’s office, and hoo boy is Trump big mad about. You can watch the press conference where he rants about it here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/09/us/politics/trump-fbi-raid-michael-cohen.html  Some of the highlights include him forgetting how long he has been president and referring to it as “what feels like a very long time.” He calls the the entire investigation a witch hunt multiple times, and even quotes a made up reporter saying the the reporter said “this is ridiculous.” He EVEN rants about Hillary Clinton and how no one is looking at her crimes (psssttt… they already did and didn’t find anything, little buddy.)

Today we want you to sign up for the rapid response team with the March for Truth to be prepared to mobilize immediately if and when Trump fires Mueller. You can also sign up to receive a text from them when the inevitable happens. Sign up now, get your signs ready, and be prepared to take to the streets. https://www.marchfortruth.info/mueller-rapid-response/

Now, more than ever, we need to rally around Mueller.

 

Mascara Wands for Wildlife

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Your DGB for today is to send your old mascara wands to the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge https://www.appalachianwild.org/wands-for-wildlife.

Since we can’t trust the government to protect the environment, more than ever it’s up to us. One small way we can help is to recycle those mascara wands we were about to toss in the trash. The refuge uses the wands to clean harmful parasites and other things from the fur and feathers of wild animals they rescue. You can send your own in, or host a party to collect more wands from your friends and family. 

We know this seems like small potatoes, but it’s tiny actions like this - multiplied by many people - that will ultimately make a big difference.

 

Still Looking for that Dream

Your DGB for today is to learn some facts about the state of racism in the U.S. 50 years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and get involved in the fight against it.

Today marks a dark anniversary for this country, as a half-century ago today Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Rather than posting out-of-context-quote containing memes of Dr. King to commemorate his passing, we would like you to learn about the state of race relations in today’s America. Spoiler alert: things are not good.

Article about recent findings on the outcomes of Black boys: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/03/19/upshot/race-class-white-and-black-men.html

Article on recent report finding racial inequality remains deeply entrenched since 1968: https://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2018/02/27/report-inequality-remains-50-years-after-kerner-report

Article on racism and homelessness: https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2018/03/10/homelessness-like-lots-issues-racism-makes-worse/ylwVQvKFjdbzEOa7aQnCPM/story.html

So what to do? You have many options.

Find and support a progressive Black candidate for office: https://collectivepac.org

Find and support a minority-owned business: http://www.sba8a.com

Support Black Lives Matter: https://blacklivesmatter.com/about/

Join the NAACP: https://donate.naacp.org/page/contribute/adult-membership

Let’s Grab back by honoring the sacrifice Dr. King made and further the fight against racism.

 

Sinclair Broadcasting

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Your DGB for today is to check out this list of TV stations https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stations_owned_or_operated_by_Sinclair_Broadcast_Group and if your local station turns out to be part of the Sinclair Broadcasting Group, please boycott the hell out of it.

What is Sinclair Broadcast Group and why should you care? As is more and more common in this day and age, we must turn to comedy for the answer. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver has a brilliant segment on the company that explains what you need to know. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvtNyOzGogc Basically, Sinclair is a right-leaning, pro-Trump outfit that owns an alarming number of local outlets, and it is sneakily inserting its agenda into TV news across the country. A deal in the works to merge with another broadcast group makes Sinclair more relevant - and dangerous - than ever. https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/10/ready-for-trump-tv-inside-sinclair-broadcastings-plot-to-take-over-your-local-news-1/

Recently, Sinclair sent a script to its affiliates that it required newscasters to deliver. https://www.snopes.com/news/2017/07/11/sinclair-broadcast-group-propaganda/  The script has your local anchors delivering a speech that decries the current rise of “fake news” and vowing to offer a more balanced view. The trouble is, that what they are calling fake news is the same stuff Trump calls fake news. You know - FACTS. This mandatory announcement sounds okay on the surface, but actually signals a sort of Trumpist “both-sides-ism.” And as we all know, sometimes there really AREN’T good people on both sides.

So we’re asking you to boycott these Sinclair-owned stations. Let them know you won’t be watching, and why. If your market has a competitor, give them some love. And share your actions on social media.

Oconomowoc School District

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Your DGB for today is to contact Superintendent Roger Rindo and School Board President Donald Wiemer, of the Oconomowoc, WI school district.

Back in January, students were invited to participate in a “privilege aptitude test” activity developed by the National Civil Rights Museum. Some snowflake parents got upset about being told they had an advantage in life, which is apparently a hard pill to swallow when you’ve made so little of yourself despite it. They even called in to a local conservative radio station for an echo chamber session.

The all-white school board decided there will be no further discussion of white privilege in their district, which has 88.9% white enrollment. Wiemer, explained "Our board is fine with discussions about diversity ... but white privilege is a lightning rod for some parents. We have poor people in Oconomowoc who are saying they're not privileged ... and people that say, 'Don, we worked our butts off to have what we have.’”

Superintendent Rindo denied a request by a high school student club focused on equality to organize a "privilege walk," saying in an email that the district has to be "prudent and mindful of the context in which we live and work."

Apparently, the irony of allowing white voices to silence an entire district’s discussion of white privilege is lost on these administrators. Let them know their actions perfectly illustrate the need for such education.

 

Time to Ring the Shame Bell, Again

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Your DGB for today is to contact Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee and ask them why they are protecting the president and not the people and the Constitution of the United States of America.

Yesterday, House Intel Committee members ended their investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, saying there wasn’t evidence of collusion. This, is despite the fact that the intelligence community says there was definitely something going on and Russia was most definitely trying to get Trump elected. You can read more about their findings, or lack thereof, here: https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/12/politics/house-republicans-russia-conclusions/index.html 

We want you to contact Republican members of the House Intel Committee today and urge them to put country over party and reopen the investigation. Ring that shame bell, and ring it loud. I mean, are we really going to let a committee led by Devin Nunes, who was supposed to recuse himself, end an investigation that hasn’t even interviewed key figures like Papadopoulos, Michael Flynn, or Paul Manafort yet? You can find members of the House Intel Committee here: https://intelligence.house.gov/about/hpsci-majority-members.htm

It should also be noted that the Senate Intel Committee is still moving forward with their investigation, despite the fact their House colleagues spines just slipped right out of their backs.

 

Contributing our Thoughts and Prayers

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Your DGB for today is to send campaign contributions to the politicians that  have received money from the NRA, in the amount of thoughts and prayers.

 

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We clearly can’t compete with the NRA’s contributions, but surely politicians like Paul Ryan and Ted Cruz must be running low on thoughts and prayers, so why not just send them some. You can follow our above sample letter, or make up your own. Be sure to add in the amount of donations they have received from the NRA which you can find here: https://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/summary.php?id=d000000082

We are tired of being held hostage by the NRA and our inept government. Hopefully these thoughts and prayers will give politicians the moral support they need to finally do the right thing, enact smart gun regulations and start protecting the children of this country. And if they don’t, we will be donating actual dollars to the people running against them in the coming elections.

 

 

Disarm Your Mutual Funds

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Your DGB for today is to check your mutual funds (should you own any) for their investment in gun manufacturing. 

Simply enter the name of the fund or its ticker symbol, and the site will tell you how many stocks in that fund are gun-related, and what percentage of the fund they comprise. A link to the fund’s SEC filings will tell you even more. Go a step further and enter the amount of money you have invested in the fund, and the site will calculate how much of your money is invested in gun or ammo manufacturing. Armed with this data, you can make an informed decision about how and where to invest your family’s dough.

This country’s sick obsession with guns has got to stop, and we must address it from every angle. Those of us in a position to do so need to invest wisely and ethically.

 

Make Twitter More Accessible

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Your DGB for today is to update your Twitter settings to make Twitter more accessible to the visually impaired.

Twitter can be both the best and the worst of the internet. It’s brought us joy and it’s brought us pain, but it should be accessible to everyone and it’s actually super easy to do that. Visually impaired Twitter user Rob Long gave simple instructions on how to add a verbal description to images you post on Twitter so that visually impaired users can participate in all those cat memes you post.

Follow the instruction on this post http://www.scarymommy.com/visually-impaired-twitter-accessibility-settings/ and make Twitter more entertaining and informative for all.

 

Rosa Maria Hernandez

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Your DGB for today is to help a child with special needs get back home.

The story of Rosa Maria Hernandez is about as heartbreaking as they come.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/26/health/undocumented-child-federal-custody-surgery-trnd/index.html

She arrived in the United States illegally from Mexico with her parents at three months old. Now ten years old, she has cerebral palsy and has the mental capacity of a five year-old. Wait, it gets worse. Recently requiring emergency gallbladder surgery, she was being transported by ambulance in Texas, when border patrol intercepted her at a checkpoint. It gets even worse. Agents followed the ambulance, waited outside her hospital room until discharge, and then detained her instead of letting her go home to her parents in Laredo. Trump’s America is a place where disabled children are detained for seeking medical care.

Rosa Maria is in a juvenile shelter in San Antonio awaiting deportation proceedings, which have yet to be scheduled. The facility is run by the Office Of Refugee Resettlement, a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services, which can be reached at 202 401 9246 and told to immediately place Rosa Maria back with her parents or another family member.

 

Mikki Metteba

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Your DGB for today is to support high school student Mikki Metteba’s right to peaceful protest.

A senior at Window Rock High School in Fort Defiance, Arizona, Mikki Metteba was recently given in-school suspension for wearing an anti-colonialist and anti-fascist t-shirt protesting Donald Trump’s penchant for both. Like 99% of the students at Window Rock, Mikki is Navajo. We think Indigenous voices should be amplified, not silenced; so does her brother, Ty Metteba. Ty wrote this post on Facebook outlining the legal basis for Mikki’s right to protest and asking the school to make things right. Specifically, he requests that the school apologize to his sister and remove the suspension from her record. In his post he includes the school’s phone number (928) 729 7002 and a sample letter you can send to:

 

Window Rock High School

PO Box 559

Navajo Route 12

Fort Defiance, AZ 86504

 

Incidentally, if you would like a t-shirt like Mikki’s, go on over to the shop at http://www.indigenousaction.org/. Indigenous Action Media was founded “to provide strategic communications and direct action support for Indigenous communities sacred lands defense.” Go for the t-shirts, stay for the news and activism.

 

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

 

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