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Send a Thank You to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

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The patriarchy constantly pits women against each other and your DGB for today is to do the opposite (a good idea for every day) and build up another woman. As terrible as this week has been for the American woman in general, the aftermath of Dr. Ford coming forward and testifying must be exponentially worse for her. Send a message of thanks and support for her bravery and contribution to the march of progress.

For security reasons, please be sure to use a postcard. Send to this address:

Dr. Christine Ford

℅ Palo Alto University

1791 Arastradero Rd

Palo Alto, CA 94304

A campaign of gratitude is also going around Twitter and if you are on that platform and want to participate, use #ThankYouDrFord.

Grab a pen and send some love to a hero.

 

Nationwide Prison Strike

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Buried in the news of yesterday’s Conviction Christmas In August was the start of the Nationwide Prison Strike.

Here’s a rundown on the history of this strike organization:

https://www.aclu.org/blog/smart-justice/mass-incarceration/nationwide-prison-strike-why-its-happening-and-what-it-means

Your DGB for today is to check out the press release for this event below and follow one of the steps they outline to support exploited prison workers.

 

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Actually Thank Black Women, Not Just on Twitter

Your DGB for today is to thank a Black Woman.  No, we don’t mean that we want you to walk up to the nearest Black woman yelling THANK YOU! Or posting on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or any other social media platform. We want you to take real action toward elevating and amplifying the position and voices of our nation’s Black women. They consistently show up, stand up, fight for and support the country through their vote, their skills, their voices and their lives. How? Well, several articles with really good suggestions have been written on the topic. We suggest perusing them first. Go here to  Upworthy ,  Bustle , the  New York Times . Most of the lists boil down to these items:  Support them with your money. Buy or invest in a Black woman-owned business.  Support them with your vote. Support and vote for Black women candidates.  Support them with your influence. Everyone has a sphere of power even if it’s small, use it to lift Black women.  Support them with your ears. Listen when they speak, read their blog posts and articles they write, buy their books, read their news articles, purchase their work. Really listen to and absorb what they are saying, even if it stings. Luvvie Ajayi had a great TED talk recently about getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. Listen to it.  https://www.ted.com/talks/luvvie_ajayi_get_comfortable_with_being_uncomfortable/up-next   Find something today and grab back for our Black sisters.

Your DGB for today is to thank a Black Woman.

No, we don’t mean that we want you to walk up to the nearest Black woman yelling THANK YOU! Or posting on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or any other social media platform. We want you to take real action toward elevating and amplifying the position and voices of our nation’s Black women. They consistently show up, stand up, fight for and support the country through their vote, their skills, their voices and their lives. How? Well, several articles with really good suggestions have been written on the topic. We suggest perusing them first. Go here to Upworthy, Bustle, the New York Times. Most of the lists boil down to these items:

Support them with your money. Buy or invest in a Black woman-owned business.

Support them with your vote. Support and vote for Black women candidates.

Support them with your influence. Everyone has a sphere of power even if it’s small, use it to lift Black women.

Support them with your ears. Listen when they speak, read their blog posts and articles they write, buy their books, read their news articles, purchase their work. Really listen to and absorb what they are saying, even if it stings. Luvvie Ajayi had a great TED talk recently about getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. Listen to it. https://www.ted.com/talks/luvvie_ajayi_get_comfortable_with_being_uncomfortable/up-next

Find something today and grab back for our Black sisters.

#DGB #TBT Black Owned Friday

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Your DGB for this Throwback Thursday is to support Black owned and operated businesses.

Earlier this year, we gave you a resource to find Black, locally-owned places to give your business. Sadly, it is taking a lot longer to expand the directory than developers originally thought. (Even more tragically, we included a Bernie quote in this Grab. We plead PETSD- Post-Election Traumatic Stress Disorder.)

https://www.dailygrabback.com/todays-grab-1/2017/1/16/help-redistribute-the-wealth-and-support-black-businesses?rq=black%20owned

Fortunately, there are other ways to locate businesses, such as http://www.blackbusinesslist.com/ and http://www.blackbusiness.org/

Get ready to make this year a Black owned Black Friday.

 

The Opioid Crisis and How You Can Help

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Your DGB for today is to pick one or all of our suggested ways to help end the American opioid epidemic.

It’s no secret that the United States has an opioid addiction problem, and even more troubling is that as the street cost of prescription pills rises, those addicted to opioids are turning to even more dangerous drugs like heroin and fentanyl because they’re cheaper. Over 90 people are killed by an opioid overdose every day, and not much is being done about it.

One of the things you can do to help end the opioid epidemic is to learn about it. Understanding that people addicted to opioids aren’t just doing it to party is a huge step towards getting them better resources for addiction. You can find more info about the opioid crisis and how it happened here: https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids/opioid-crisis. Another thing you can do to help is to talk to your friends, family, and children about the opioid epidemic. Explain to the young people in your life that they may never know what is in pills they take, and one attempt at having fun can leave them as a life-long addict or worse.

Another major step in ending the opioid crisis is supporting bills and encouraging your representatives to fund more addiction and crisis centers. Experts say the crisis will never end until it is as easy for someone addicted to opioids to get treatment as it is for them to get a hit. Contact your reps and ask what they are doing to end this crisis. Let them know you are concerned and want something to be done. Lastly, you can get naloxone, the life saving medication that can reverse an overdose. This website instructs you how to use it, where you can find it, and how to donate to their efforts. http://www.getnaloxonenow.org/find.html Naloxone is not a drug someone can use to get high, but it can save a life. It’s useful to have on hand if you know anyone addicted to opioids, or if you live in an area with a high rate of addiction. You never know whose life you might save by having some handy.

Right now it appears it’s on us to end this crisis. Trump says he is going to help, but until he puts forth actual legislation, we need to do everything we can to save lives.

 

Support New York Terrorist Attack Victims

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Your DGB for today is to support the victims of the terrorist attack that took place on Tuesday in New York.

On Halloween, a 29 year old man drove into a crowd of people in New York City, tragically killing eight people and injuring 12. The suspect is in custody and has been charged with a federal terrorism charge.

There are quite a few different ways you can support the victims of this terrorist attack. You can donate blood. Blood is always needed, but particularly in a time of crisis. Even if you don’t live in NYC, donating blood is always helpful. You can donate to local counseling centers that victims and witnesses to the tragedy will rely on to recover. VCS Inc is a great place to start. You can also donate to local NYC schools, as two staff members and two students were victims of the attack. Students and faculty will need counseling during this time, and you can ensure that there are funds to provide it by donating here: https://www.fundforpublicschools.org/. And lastly, you can help by not falling into the trap of hateful rhetoric and blaming an entire religion for the actions of a few. The Muslim community is grieving, just as the country is grieving, and it’s important that we don’t let our President and his supporters turn us against each other during this national tragedy.

Grab back and help victims of NYC terrorism.

 

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/

 

Aid for Victims of Irma

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Your DGB for today is to help victims of Hurricane Irma.

Hurricane Irma devastated the Caribbean Islands, as well as Florida, and other southern states. Some islands are completely uninhabitable and will take years to recover and rebuild.

Today, we want you to find some small way to contribute to rebuilding the Caribbean Islands and the southern states affected by Irma. One of the easiest ways to help is by donating to the Red Cross. They are one of the biggest relief organizations and have the ability to get aid on the ground immediately. You can donate to them here: https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-irma-donations

Retired NBA superstar Tim Duncan has also set up a campaign to donate money to the islands, as he was born and raised in the US Virgin Islands and felt the affects of Hurricane Hugo as a kid. You can donate to his campaign here: https://www.youcaring.com/21usvirginislandrelieffund-942738

And as always during a natural disaster, local blood banks are in desperate need of donations. Even if your area wasn’t personally affected, a natural disaster can tax all local clinics. If you’re eligible, grab a friend and spend 20 minutes donating at your local clinic. You yours here: http://www.aabb.org/tm/donation/Pages/Blood-Bank-Locator.aspx

Unfortunately, natural disasters are starting to feel like the norm, and DGB understands how taxing they are. Now is the time to come together and show that there is good in this country, and we will continue to work together, despite weak and unpredictable leadership.

 

Thank You, Nancy Pelosi

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Your DGB for today is to send a postcard or thank you note to House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi.

Nancy Pelosi has been getting shit done in DC since the early 80s and right wingers absolutely hate her for it. She has been called every name in the book, like most women in power, and continues to hold her head high and get the work done. Recently, she has even been able to get Trump to do what she wants to do. She is currently working on a DACA bill, that doesn’t include funding for the archaic wall. And a little over a week ago, in a move that stunned republicans, Pelosi and Schumer struck a budget deal with Trump.

We want you to send your love to Pelosi. Who doesn’t love to get thanks for doing the hard work? Print up one of DGB’s postcards, or write her a thank you note and tell her how much you appreciate what she is doing.

 

Her mailing address is:

233 Cannon H.O.B.

Washington, DC 20515

 

Women in the Arts

Your DGB for today is to support women in the arts.

For centuries, women have fought against the idea that they aren’t as creative or as artistic as men. They had to use aliases when writing books, otherwise they wouldn’t get published. The question “Why have there been no great women artists?” has been asked countless times, and has been used as an incorrect basis for the belief that women just can’t produce good art. To quote Linda Nochlin from her essay titled after this question, “(b)ut in actuality, as we all know, things as they are and as they have been, in the arts as in a hundred other areas, are stultifying, oppressive, and discouraging to all those, women among them, who did not have the good fortune to be born white, preferably middle class and, above all, male. The fault lies not in our stars, our hormones, our menstrual cycles, or our empty internal spaces, but in our institutions and our education…”

So what can we do to help women that want to create art? How can we support them? The very first and easiest thing you can do is to buy their art. There’s tons of ways to support women in the arts like seeing the new Wonder Woman movie, which was directed by a women, or purchasing a book, album, or original piece of art. The next thing you can do is to attend local art shows featuring women’s art. You can also check out the National Museum of Women in the Arts for more ideas on how to advocate, and to donate to women in the arts.

Women are 51% of the world’s population, but their art is underrepresented. If you have seen Wonder Woman, which we highly recommend, you may have found yourself crying at moments that wouldn’t normally have brought tears to your eyes. Representation matters and you can show that by supporting women in all their artistic endeavors.

 

 

Fight Islamophobia

Your DGB for today is to counter a resurgence of Islamophobia, and support our Muslim brothers and sisters by getting involved locally. 

On January 27th, POTUS made us all reach for our TUMS for the umpteenth time by signing an executive order freezing immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The order went into effect immediately, and chaos at our nation’s airports ensued. Teams of lawyers working pro-bono swooped in to help stranded and panicking travelers, and the outraged among us showed up en masse to protest. Later a federal judge issued an emergency stay that provided relief for some affected travelers, which was then held up by the Ninth Circuit.  Here’s a timeline of what went down. In addition, the Southern Poverty Law Center reports that anti-Muslim hate groups have almost tripled in number from 2015 to 2016.

How can you support immigrants’ rights, and counter xenophobia and Islamophobia? We recently asked you to donate to the ACLU (and you did, right?) which is a good start.  We also want you to consider attending a pro-immigrant rally in your city or state. There’s going to be a large Immigrants’ March in DC on May 6th, and sister marches and rallies may spring up near you. Your local mosques and Islamic cultural centers also need some love these days. Consider calling them and asking how you can show support. Find a mosque near you here.

If you are Muslim and the ban is personally affecting you and/or your family, please contact the National Immigration Law Center, the ACLU, or the Council on American-Islamic Relations for help. If you’ve been a victim of, or a witness to a hate crime, report it to the Southern Poverty Law Center here.