Working on your holiday shopping? Your DGB for today is to consider purchasing a blanket from Sackcloth + Ashes. For every blanket you buy, they donate one to your local homeless shelter. We at DGB can personally verify that these blankets are AWESOME, super warm, and get softer with every wash.
Your DGB for today is to check out the organization Goods Unite Us and find out how your favorite companies are spending their money. Let us start by saying that we recognize a certain level of privilege exists in the ability to make choices about where you spend money. And if avoiding companies that donate to the GOP means you burn enough fossil fuels to melt an entire glacier, by all means ignore this Grab! But this could be a handy and valuable tool for the consumer that is concerned with using their dollar(s) to take a political stand.
Here is their website, just plug the company name in and go: https://goodsuniteus.com
They have mobile apps for both IOS and Android. So you can check your brands while you shop!
Grab back some cash from the GOP coffers.
Countdown to Midterm Elections: 7 Days
It feels like it’s been a long time since we didn’t have some horrific story of sexual assault, rape, or harassment in the news. At the time of this writing, Brett Kavanaugh is up to four credible accusers and Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to ten years for drugging and raping dozens of women. Are you fed up yet? Do you want things to change? Your DGB for today is to check out the 11th Principle: Consent! organization. Their website is a treasure trove of information, printables, and resources to educate and support an army of people ready to eradicate Rape Culture.
Start here and learn about the group’s vision and history: https://www.11thprincipleconsent.org/vision-history/
Dig into their Incident Response Toolkit and be prepared: https://www.11thprincipleconsent.org/resources/incident-response-toolkit/
Find some propoganda to download or crowdfund: https://www.11thprincipleconsent.org/consent-propaganda/
Grab some consent - it’s better than actual grabbing.
Your DGB for today is to make sure everyone can get to the polls this November.
Can you believe midterms are only 69 days away? This year, Lyft is helping to combat voter suppression by offering 50% off rides on election day to everyone, and free rides to underserved communities.
Download the app to get your coupon.
Your DGB for today is to share this guide with the women in your life:
This guide is THOROUGH.
It will even give you an easily shareable pop up to post on your social media. Online harassment is rampant these days and we can use all the help we can get.
Your DGB for today is to surf on over to CategorizedTweets.com and check out what your legislators have to say on the issues.
Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele, a software engineer out of New York City, developed this awesome tool and is offering it for free to the rest of us. Simply enter your ZIP code into a field, search by your member of Congress’ name, or search by issue. The website will do the rest by scanning the official’s Twitter timeline and displaying the relevant tweets. This tool will come in especially handy in an election year, when comparing the incumbents to their challengers. And we always like a opportunity to support the work of Black women.
Add this website to your toolkit of civic engagement. The upcoming elections are more important than ever and we need all the help we can get. After all, we’ll be fighting not just the GOP and voter suppression, but the Kremlin as well.
Your #DGB for today is to print up some of these brochures and share them with your activist friends. Going green? Just share this Grab online.
This administration is, in a word, terrifying. They’re regularly abusing privileges and stomping on civil rights. It’s more important than ever that people know what those rights are. That’s where Center for Constitutional Rights comes in.
They’ve made a brochure in multiple languages for if a federal law agent comes knocking on your door. https://ccrjustice.org/if-agent-knocks-booklet We know Trump and his goons are keeping track of the resistance, as they demanded the IP addresses of millions of people who visited Trump protest websites. https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2017/08/14/dreamhost-government-order-blasted-as-overreach/#27c0f3b34d5c We need to be extra vigilant and know our rights if the feds ever come a-knocking wondering just what DGB has been up to. Just grabbing, sir, nothing to see here!
So distribute these brochures in all the languages they come in and make sure your fellow resistors know their rights.
Your DGB for this Throwback Thursday is to brush up on your bystander training.
Recent videos keep surfacing of racists being racist, so we need to make sure we know what to do if and when a situation like that arises.
https://www.ihollaback.org/resources/bystander-resources/ offers bystander resources and focuses on the the five Ds: Direct, Distract, Delegate, Delay, and Document. You can also sign the pledge, support Hollaback, and become a HeartMobber, which is an online bystander interventionist.
See our first Grab on this subject here:
It’s not enough to just not be racist; we must actively fight racism in everyday situations by being active bystanders.
Your DGB for today is to compile and share resources for younger generations to care for the older people in our lives.
They cuddle grandchildren and great-grandchildren, they have all the best stories, and they say whatever they want. Our seniors are treasured parts of our communities, but eventually they need our help. Perhaps you have an elderly loved one for whom you are providing care. Perhaps your elderly loved one is implicating a sitting president in multiple federal crimes on national television. https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/02/politics/giuliani-hannity-comey/index.html
The circumstances aren’t important. These people still need our support.
Find diverse resources you may not have known about below:
So, whether you have a gentle, aging grandparent who isn’t able to live independently, or a verbally abusive racist uncle who works* in the Trump administration**, make sure our elderly citizens have access to the care they need.
**as of this writing; subject to change
Your DGB for today is to find the rotten apples.
As the #metoo movement continues to shine a light on the poor behavior of men in Hollywood, Washington D.C. and everywhere in between, it can become difficult to keep track of all the specifics. But if you are trying to cleanse your viewing habits of problematic jackassery, Rotten Apples is here for you. It’s a searchable database that allows you to input a television show or movie and then tells you whether the project has a person (cast-member, screenwriter, executive producer or director) who has a sexual misconduct allegation. It’s still growing but it’s also very easy to send the site a message if the show you enter has a known error. While writing this Grab, we discovered that The Price is Right search failed to bring up Bob “Dirty Old Man” Barker and his numerous harassment allegations. In 30 seconds the error was reported (takes only a link to an article) and the site promises to research and update.
Here’s a link to the site to Grab back and get to searching: https://therottenappl.es
Your DGB for today is to support Million Hoodies.
As wonderful as it has been to have our country listen to the students of the Parkland, Florida school shooting, Black and Brown kids just like them have been screaming about their communities being gunned down and we need to remember their voices.
Hoodies dates back to 2012, when Black teenager Trayvon Martin was murdered because he “looked suspicious.” It’s a social justice movement for youth of color, and we don’t want to infiltrate, dictate, or affect their mission with our lame adulthood or whiteness. We simply want you to donate, shop their store, and text “SUPPORTER” to 508 928 8555.
You can also contribute by rounding up your change from credit card transactions here: https://www.mychange.com/organizations/404-million-hoodies
Of course, if you are a young person of color, please get more directly involved and see if Million Hoodies has a good local fit for you.
Your DGB for today is to utilize or share the ACLU’s resource for school walkout participants.
In the aftermath of the 2/14 Parkland, Florida school shooting that left 17 staff and students dead, teenagers have become the activists we should all strive to be. They’ve organized the March for Our Lives, which will take place this Saturday, 3/24, and a nationwide school walkout, which many young people participated in on 3/14. Some school administrators threatened or carried out punishments for students who walked out of class that day and the ACLU wants student activists to know their rights and share their stories at the link above.
Your DGB for today is to opt out of sharing personal info with Facebook.
In the latest chapter of the Death of American Democracy, AKA, How the Russians Won the Long Game, AKA, The Dumbest James Bond Movie Ever, we discovered this week that Facebook sold the personal data of millions of Americans to Cambridge Analytica. The company, in turn, used this data to help the Trump campaign in the 2016 election. Read more about the complicated scheme here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/17/us/politics/cambridge-analytica-trump-campaign.html
While both companies claim they committed no wrongdoing we can all agree that it’s shady as h-e-double-sippy-straws to mine personal data without the knowledge or permission of the people being profiled. So what is a person to do? The extreme option of leaving Facebook is simply not open to most of us. Whether we like it or not, the platform is a huge source of communication and information. We found this suggestion to be helpful and we encourage you to follow it. And do what you can to stay anonymous. Keep your profile information sparse and don’t link your apps to Facebook (or any other social media site).
Your DGB for today is to reach out to someone who might be hurting during the holidays, or for help yourself if you need it.
The winter holidays can be a tough time for lots of people. Madison Avenue is peddling impossibly perfect holiday memories, stress is high, money is low, families are deeply imperfect, and the daily news from the Trumpocalypse doesn’t help at all. For those with mental illness, suffering from loss, or just in a bad place in life, it can be excruciating. Do you know anyone like that? Is it you?
If you know of anyone who might be struggling, please give them a visit, a call, or a text. If you’re struggling and don’t know who to call, try one of these hotlines: http://www.buddy-project.org/hotlines
You’re not alone. None of us are. Hugs and hot chocolate from the Daily Grab Back crew to all of you. Happy Holidays and hopes for a brighter New Year.
Your DGB for today is to review this ACA Grab because tomorrow is the last day to sign up during the Open Enrollment Period.
We all know how hard the Trump administration is working to destroy anything and everything Obama has done, but particularly Obamacare. Despite these efforts, 650,000 more Americans have signed up for healthcare through the ACA this year than at this time last year, but numbers will be down because Trump cut the enrollment period in half.
If you need insurance or know of anyone who needs it, there is still time. Sign up today and tomorrow. With Trump as President, who knows how long Americans will have readily available access to insurance, so get it while you can!
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.
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.
Your DGB for today is to spread the word about the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act because we know the Trump administration isn’t going to do it, like we told you back in August. https://www.dailygrabback.com/todays-grab-1/2017/8/2/give-the-aca-some-preventative-care?rq=open%20enrollment
Trump has done absolutely everything he can to undermine Obamacare, including cutting funding in advertising for the program and funds that help assist people in registration. And he didn’t cut it just a little bit, he cut it a lot; 89% a lot. Last year they received 1.2 million dollars to help sign people up for insurance under the ACA, and this year they are getting an abysmal $129,000.
Today we want you to sign up for insurance on the marketplace if you need it, share this Grab so others can sign up, or even offer to drive a friend or neighbor to get assistance. You can learn more about the Open Enrollment period here: https://www.healthcare.gov/glossary/open-enrollment-period/. You can also find someone local to help you with all the paperwork and questions here: https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/#/.
Get your Obamacare while you still can!
Your DGB for today is to download the Trump Boycott Chrome Extension here: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/trump-boycott/oooganmdnecfpdgmmneaojopkhjljjbi/related?authuser=1
From the team at Grab Your Wallet, this extension will warn you via banner when you’re visiting a site affiliated with the Trump family and offer more ethical alternatives.
If you don’t use Chrome, feel free to support the efforts of the developers here:
Your DGB for Halloween is to make sure your treats are union-made in the USA.
If there are two things we at DGB love, it’s labor unions and candy. And it is our unadulterated pleasure to share with you that many beloved Halloween treats are made by union workers. The AFL-CIO put together a handy list of top ten favorites that any trick-or-treater would be pleased to find in their candy bucket which can be found here: https://aflcio.org/Halloween
If you are wanting more treat ideas, unionplus.org has an extensive list here: https://www.unionplus.org/blog/union-made/union-made-candy
Maybe you want to go allergen-free but still fun. Here’s a list of union-made trinkets: http://madeinusaforever.com/otfunstse.html
And if you are willing to risk an egg-covered car and a year’s supply of toilet paper decorating your front yard, how about some union-made toothbrushes? You’re welcome: http://madeinusaforever.com/jrkisotomuby.html
Grab back and treat an American worker!