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Janelle Bynum

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Your DGB for today is to support Oregon State Representative Janelle Bynum.

While out in her district as part of her reelection campaign, Rep. Bynum was rolled up on by a Sheriff’s Deputy. Come to find out that one of her constituents had called the police to report that Bynum was going door to door and typing on her phone a lot between houses. This is what’s known in most human circles as “canvassing” and isn’t usually suspicious. Unless of course you’re #CampaigningWhileBlack. We can unfortunately now add Walking While State Representative to the very long list of things you can’t do if you’re Black, which also includes activities such as mowing grass and performing voluntary community service, among many, MANY others.

Reject this kind of casual, prevalent racism by donating to Bynum’s campaign here:

http://www.janellebynum.com/

 

End the Backlog

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Your DGB for today is to help end the backlog of untested rape kits in the US.

There are hundreds of thousand of rape kits, sitting in evidence rooms across the country, just waiting to be tested. And why haven’t they been? Money. Apparently catching rapists just isn’t worth the cost, but there’s something you personally can do.

We did a grab exactly one year ago about ending the backlog, https://www.dailygrabback.com/todays-grab-1/2017/6/12/enough?rq=End%20the%20backlog, and we are happy to announce that Texas did pass the bill to allow crowdfunding of testing for rape kits. In its first month, an initiative that allowed you to donate $1.00 or more fund the processing of rape kits when you applied for your Texas Drivers License, earned $25,000 towards its cause. https://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2018/01/25/texas-drivers-donated-25k-month-alone-help-clear-rape-kit-testing-backlog Imagine if other states followed suit.

Here’s what you can do to make that happen, you can check out http://www.endthebacklog.org and find out what’s happening in your state. They have sections for you to contact your representative, get involved and to donate.

Ending this backlog will catch criminals. It will bring closure to hundreds of thousands of women. And, most importantly, it lets victims and potential victims know that this crime does matter, that what happened to them is wrong, and that we’re going to do everything in our power to catch and stop who did this. Ending rape culture can start with one simple little step of showing that we will find and catch rapists, and punish them to the fullest extent of the law.

In the words of our hero, Olivia Benson, “Healing begins when someone bears witness. I saw you. I believe you.”

 

The Gift of Music

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Your DGB for today is to use your old i-gadget to enhance the life of someone suffering with dementia.

Do you have an old-but-still-works iPod, iPad or iPhone laying around unused since you last updated? It still works so you just hate to recycle it, but you are trying to cut the clutter? Consider donating it to the organization Music and Memory. They collect Apple music players and give them to nursing homes. Th

ere is real and amazing science behind what listening to music from their past can do for a person who has lost their memories. Read more here: https://musicandmemory.org/music-brain-resources/current-research/

The donation page is here and you will even get a free shipping label for your device: https://musicandmemory.org/donate-my-ipod/

Grab that old Apple and give someone back their past.

 

Full for the Summer

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Your DGB for today is to find, support and/or spread the word about your local Summer Feeding Program.

Schools across the country are letting out for the summer. While lazier, warmer, and more relaxed days are ahead for many children, this season brings fewer meals for those that rely on free meal programs during the school year. That’s where summer feeding programs come in. We would like you to locate one for the children in your area, support it monetarily with a small donation, share information about it or consider sponsoring a site if you have the resources and discover a need.

About the USDA program: https://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program

Locate a site here: https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks

Information about sponsoring a site: https://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/how-become-sponsor

Many non-profit organizations have summer meal programs so don’t give up if nothing in your immediate area shows up in the USDA finder. Here are some links to check out:

Feeding America: http://www.feedingamerica.org/our-work/hunger-relief-programs/summer-food-service-program/

Focus North America: https://focusnorthamerica.org/programs/summerfeeding/

You can also get information from your state’s department of education as many states have their own programs.

Grab back and help a kid eat this summer!

 

Guns Down America Billboards

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Your DGB for today is to help put up some billboards calling out Bank of America for going back on its word.

After the recent shooting in Parkland, Florida a slew of companies announced ways they were breaking ties with the gun industry or gun lobby. While a hopeful and positive drop step toward changing the gun culture here in the U.S., it will only work if the businesses actually follow through on their promises. According to Guns Down, an organization fighting gun culture at every level, after an announcement that it would stop funding military-style weapons manufacturers, Bank of America did just the opposite and loaned Remington over $40 million dollars to help it emerge from bankruptcy. Read more here: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-bank-of-america-remington/bank-of-americas-loan-to-remington-tests-its-firearms-pledge-idUSKBN1I70AE

 

And here: http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/07/news/companies/bank-of-america-gunmaker-remington/index.html

 

Guns Down has come up with a good way to take them to task by placing billboards throughout Bank of America’s headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. Here’s a description of the effort: https://gunsdownamerica.org/the-guns-down-billboard-fund/

 

And the donation page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/guns-down-billboard

 

While you are at it, check out Guns Down and see what they’re about. Join them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @gunsdownamerica.

 

National Bail Out

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Your DGB for today is to donate to or volunteer with National Bail Out.

https://nomoremoneybail.org/

You may have noticed a recent surge of publicized incidents involving Black people having the police called on them for doing everyday activities. When you are Black, you could be arrested for doing something like going to Starbucks or even for trying to enter your own gated community like rapper T.I. was yesterday.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/16/entertainment/ti-arrested/index.html

Even people engaging in non-violent illegal activities like smoking marijuana are much more likely to be arrested if they’re Black.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/13/nyregion/marijuana-arrests-nyc-race.html

And for those people who don’t have stacks on deck and Patron on ice, bail money can stand between us and our families, livelihoods, and sometimes even lives. Sandra Bland was unable to post $500 towards bail and died after three days in jail in 2015.

https://www.thenation.com/article/what-happened-to-sandra-bland/

Read more about the impact of the bail system on marginalized communities here:

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/04/the-dangerous-domino-effect-of-not-making-bail/477906/

Then go and help National Bail Out get people back to their lives while ultimately working to end the cash bail system.

 

The Michael OD Brown Foundation

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Your DGB for today is to support Lezley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown, as she prepares to run for city council of Ferguson, MO.

McSpadden has announced that she’s running for City Council and we want to support her every step of the way. She doesn’t have an official campaign yet, so we’re choosing to support her by championing The Michael OD Brown Foundation, which she started after her son was murdered by police. http://michaelodbrown.org

The Michael OD Brown Foundation, also known as the We Love Our Sons & Daughters Foundation, has four core components that they work towards which include being advocates for justice, improving health, advancing education, and strengthening family. They also offer the Rainbow of Mother’s, which is a group of multicultural mothers who have lost children. This group provides support to those in need, whether it’s funding therapy, legal help, etc. They also have a sister program called STRIVEE Institute for siblings who have lost a loved one due to trauma. http://michaelodbrown.org/index.php/rainbow-of-mothers/

In addition to these programs, the Michael OD Brown Foundation also has health resources, family resources, and grief recovery support groups. Programs like these need our support, and women like Lezley McSpadden need to be running our government. So donate what you can and change the future of our country.

 

Mother’s Day

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Your DGB for today is to make the world better on behalf of and for moms everywhere, in the process of celebrating Mother’s Day this coming weekend. Donate in Mom’s name to one of the following charities, related to or founded by moms:

A coalition of organizations - under the umbrella of National Bail Out - work to end money bail, which disproportionately affects Black and brown people. In the lead-up to Mother’s Day, there is an effort to bail out as many Black moms as possible, so they can spend the holiday with their families: https://nomoremoneybail.org/

 

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was started by a mom in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting and now has chapters in all 50 states. It has active campaigns to promote and establish common-sense gun laws in the USA. https://momsdemandaction.org/

 

The International Rescue Committee has several ways to help moms and their families in peril around the world. They are very active in the Syrian refugee crisis and the famine in Yemen. https://gifts.rescue.org/product/health/care-mom-and-baby

 

Black Lives Matter is an organization and movement deeply rooted in the experience of Black mothers losing their children to racist violence by law enforcement. No mother should fear sending their kids out into the world the way Black women do. Please donate here: https://blacklivesmatter.com/

 

Your local domestic abuse shelter helps hundreds of mothers and children flee from domestic violence and get back on their feet in the aftermath. If you don’t know who does this work in your community, search here: https://www.domesticshelters.org/search#?page=1 and donate in your own city or state.

 

One last thought: This month can be hard on lots of people - women struggling with infertility, folks who have lost their moms, moms who have lost their children, people who have complicated and painful relationships with their moms, kids with two dads, kids whose moms are enlisted overseas or in prison at this time. Spare a thought and a kind word for these folks around this holiday. And if this is you, we at DGB send you our best wishes and a big hug.

 

Books for Prisoners

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Your DGB for today is to find a way to send books to prisoners.

Despite the fact that we in the United States spend over $180 billion a year on incarceration, very little of it goes to prisoner work training, education or rehabilitation. Prisoners are subjected to isolation and lack of mental stimulation, many times leaving prison more mentally ill or violent than they were when they initially entered the place. Prison libraries can be a vital resource, offering respite from boredom and a way for inmates to connect with the outside world. These libraries need your assistance in staying stocked with a variety of current and interesting materials. Several national and regional organizations provide this kind of support and we hope that you will choose one or two to support today with your money and/or used (and appropriate - please be sure to check donation guidelines!) books.

National organizations: Prison Book Program, Books to Prisoners, Prison Book Project, Prisoners Literature Project.

Many states and regions have their own book collection programs so try searching your state name and “books for prisoners” to find out how to participate locally. You may even find chance to volunteer and Grab back that way.

Send a book, save a brain!

 

A Good Guy Without a Gun

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Your DGB for today is to help the victims of the Waffle House shooting.

James Shaw Jr. is a national hero and single-handedly stopped the man who shot up a Waffle House in Tennessee. Not only did he prevent even more tragic deaths from happening, but Shaw also started a GoFundMe account to raise money for families who lost four beautiful lives in the tragedy. He has surpassed his meager goal, but we at DGB want to make sure the families of Joe R. Perez, age 20, DeEbony Groves, age 21, Taurean C. Sanderlin, age 29, and Akilah Dasilva, age 23, are well taken care of. To know more about the lives of the victims and their families, read here. To donate to their memorial fund, go here.

Shaw is honoring the victims and there’s a way you can honor and thank him in turn. Yashar Ali started a GoFundMe to start a college fund for Shaw’s four year old daughter. You can donate to that fund here.

Knowing there are people like James Shaw Jr in this world warms the cold dark recesses of our DGB heart. We need more people like him. And funny… the only thing that stopped a bad guy with a gun, was a great guy without one. That’s not the narrative the NRA has been feeding us.

 

Rohingya Crisis

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Your DGB for today is to donate $5 to help Rohingya refugees.

Tragically, there there is no shortage of refugee crises these days. While the media is largely focused on the plight of Syrians, there is another group looking to escape repression and violence: the Rohingya people in Myanmar. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41566561 They are a Muslim ethnic minority in a majority Buddhist country who have been subject to unspeakable atrocities at the hands of their own government. Villages have been reduced to smoking piles of rubble, the military seems to be using rape as a tool of oppression, and children are starving. Right now the bulk of the refugees have ended up in Bangladesh, which does not have the resources to properly care for one million tired and hungry newcomers.

The need is large and growing, but every dollar helps. Here are three good choices for where to send your donation:

 

https://www.unrefugees.org/emergencies/rohingya/

https://www.actionagainsthunger.org/story/rohingya-refugee-crisis-bangladesh

http://www.msf.org/en/donate

 

Our own current government isn’t very friendly towards refugees, especially Muslim refugees. But we, the people, can show a better face to the world. Please give what you can.

 

Humanity Over Walls

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Your DGB for today is to help Central American refugees.

The solution to human beings fleeing epidemics of poverty and violence isn’t to build a border wall to keep them away from us here in the United States. The solution also is not sending the U.S. military to guard our border until we figure out how to build said monolithic fantasy. These things will never stop migration, but rather channel it into more dangerous methods. For a lengthy but oh-so-important read, check out this 2016 report from the International Crisis Group outlining how inhumane response to migration endangers even more populations and encourages criminal enterprise: https://www.crisisgroup.org/latin-america-caribbean/central-america/easy-prey-criminal-violence-and-central-american-migration

We’re talking about actual human people trying to get to safety. They don’t want to steal our jobs/culture/[insert nativist paranoia] and they aren’t rapists and criminals. They literally just want to live. Those who are *really* pro-life (not fetuses; actual people) can find places to donate money, supplies, and time here: http://www.lawg.org/our-publications/79-promote-justice-for-mexico-and-the-borderlands/1352-how-to-support-humanitarian-assistance-efforts-for-central-american-refugees-in-the-border-region

No matter what steps our corrupt government takes to further victimize and traumatize refugees, we as citizens of the world can work simultaneously to help our fellow people find safety and security.

 

The Handmaids of Idaho and Indiana

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Your DGB for today is to donate to the ACLU in Idaho and Indiana as they gear up to fight new abortion reporting laws.

As our daily reminder that Republican men don’t care about women in any capacity other than incubators for babies, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb just signed a law stating that all doctors must file a report that includes all the complications resulting from an abortion. Okay, fine - that makes sense, we guess. What doesn’t make sense is why they need all of this additional information: “the report must detail the date of the procedure, the age and race of the patient, the county and state of the patient's residence, the type of abortion obtained by the patient, as well as the name of the facility where the procedure was received. It would also require information about how many times a patient has terminated a pregnancy, and what their educational level and marital status is.” Failure to report complications would lead to a Class B misdemeanor, which can result in 180 days of jail-time, and up to a $1,000 fine. Idaho Governor Butch Otter signed a similar bill into law last week.

You’re welcome to put the Idaho and Indiana governors on blast on Twitter and Facebook. Feel free to send them an email or give them a phone call too. You can also donate to the ACLU, which plans to fight these laws: the Idaho division of the ACLU https://action.aclu.org/give/support-aclu-foundation-idaho?ms=web__aff_id_menu_donate and the Indiana division of the ACLU https://action.aclu.org/give/support-aclu-indiana.

 

Warm for the Winter

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Your DGB for today is to help someone get a coat.

If you live in the U.S right now chances are good that it’s cold. Even the deep South like Florida and Georgia have experienced freezing temperatures, snow and ice. And farther north, winter’s hitting harder than it normally does with bomb cyclones and record-breaking snowfalls. This kind of weather makes warm clothing absolutely essential for comfort and survival. If you are lucky enough to have some extra winter gear or maybe some extra winter cash, please consider helping someone that needs a coat.

The organization One Warm Coat has a very simple mission: to connect coats with the people who need them. They do this in a variety of ways including collecting coats, collecting money to buy coats, or helping you organize a coat drive in your local area. Since they make it so simple we would love it if you could find a way to participate:

Here is a map to help you find a coat drop off or local coat collection event: http://www.onewarmcoat.org/donatecoats/

Here is their cash donation page: https://www.onewarmcoat.org/donate/

If you are feeling really ambitious, they can give you resources to help you hold your own coat drive: http://www.onewarmcoat.org/holdacoatdrive/

 

Time’s Up, Assholes

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Your DGB for today is to support the Time’s Up organization and its mission to help women in all sectors of society fight back against sexual assault, sexual harassment, the people who perpetrate it, and the people who enable it.

Unless the bomb cyclone took out your cable this weekend, you probably saw the parade of amazing women wearing black at the Golden Globes to bring attention to the ubiquitous problem of sexual harassment in the workplace, and rape culture at large. But more importantly than looking fierce on the red carpet, these women are using their relative privilege and wealth to help folks who have significantly fewer resources than your average celebrity: food service workers, farm workers, office drones, and everyone in between. They have started a legal defense fund that will “provide subsidized legal support to women and men who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace and while in pursuit of their careers.” Successful women turning around and giving a hand up to others is the kind of thing that gives staffers at DGB the warm-fuzzies.

If you can afford to donate a few dollars to the fund, please do. If not, see how you can amplify the voices of activists and survivors via the #metoo and #timesup hashtags on social media. As Oprah said, “A new day is on the horizon, and when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women and some pretty phenomenal men fighting hard to make sure they become the leaders that take us to the time when nobody ever has to say, ‘me, too’ again.”

And please, if you or someone you know needs it, here is the number for RAINN’s national sexual assault hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE

 

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

 

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.

 

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.