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Florida, Man

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Today’s perfume is chaos with hints of November of 2000, as we still don’t know who the Governor or Senator-elect are in Florida, nearly a week after Election Day.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/11/us/florida-recount-elections-scott-nelson-desantis-gillum.html

Bill Nelson and Andrew Gillum are hanging in there for a mandatory recount as required by Florida law in races with a margin of 0.5% or less.

In Man Tantrum news, Rick Scott, Ron DeSantis, Marco Rubio, Matt Gaetz, and President Trump have all tried to muddy the information waters by throwing around fraud allegations, despite no evidence of such.

Your DGB for today is to encourage Florida residents and even out-of-state lawyers to volunteer to help with the recount process using this form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfa7IaXp_gvGsm8ixMdnussBEqCI7NI-0FncqTdXKnCEclFjQ/viewform

Let’s count every vote and make every vote count.


Work a Shift on the Phones for Florida

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Just in case you’re some kind of Hanging Chad that is brand new to American politics: Florida is a super important state when it comes to elections. Another hot take: disenfranchising felons is a favored tactic of the GOP to keep minorities from voting. Right now a felony conviction in Florida means you are pretty much barred from voting for life - even after you have completely paid your debt to society! But there is hope for the 1.4 million eligible save-for-this-ridiculous-law Floridians. A judge has recently declared the current felon voter restoration process to be arbitrary and so the issue will be on the 2018 ballot there in the Sunshine state. (Thanks to SecondChancefl.org for this information, please read more about the matter at their site.)

The Southern Poverty Law Center is stepping in to support the ballot initiative by hosting a phone bank and they need volunteers. Anyone in the country with a cell phone or a computer can help. Your DGB for today is to go here to read about what you will do and follow the sign-up links: https://www.splcenter.org/florida-voting-rights-phone-banking

Grab back and get some people their fundamental right to vote returned.

 

Help Reunite Children with their Families

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Your DGB for today is to donate to or volunteer for The Young Center, an organization working tirelessly to advocate for migrant children separated from their families. https://www.theyoungcenter.org/volunteer-at-the-young-center/

Today was the deadline for the Trump Administration to reunite children age five and under with their families. It’s missing the deadline. As of today, 105 “tender-age” children are still separated and between 1,425-1,720 total are still without their parents or family members. You can check out the breakdown of the numbers here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/07/09/the-children-separated-from-their-parents-by-the-numbers/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.00980fcf52e4

These children all need advocates and that’s where you come in. Volunteers with The Young Center will work as child advocates, accompanying the children to their court hearings, visiting with them, and helping the children think through difficult decisions, among other things. Sign up to volunteer through the link above. Not available to give your time? You can also donate or start a fundraising campaign.

The government that is supposed to protect these children is abusing them, and we have to step in and stand up for them. Do what you can to help today.

 

Thank You Cards

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Your DGB for today is to help RAICES thank their donors by personally writing out thank you cards.

RAICES Texas is an organization working to help refugees and immigrants with legal help, as well as resettlement. https://www.raicestexas.org They’re currently working very hard to reunite children who were separated from their parents at the border by the Trump administration. They need donations to do this work, and for every donation, they send a handwritten thank you card.

That’s where we come in. Right now, they’re asking for 10,000 thank you cards. They’re having card writing parties at their offices in San Antonio, but you can participate from all over the country. You don’t even have to wear pants. Just write the message below on thank you cards, and mail them in a Manila envelope to

 

RAICES

802 Kentucky Ave

San Antonio, TX 78201


Here is the requested message from RAICES:



Date:
Dear (leave blank),

Thank you for your generous donation. With the help of compassionate people like you, RAICES will continue to make a difference in the lives of the families we serve.

Thank you for funding a future where all families are safe!

In Solidarity,

RAICES



If you’d like to do more, you can also donate to the RAICES Leaf Project, which is currently providing representation for unaccompanied children in the United States. You can learn more about the program, and donate here:


https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/leafund

 

Blue Wave Volunteer

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Your DGB for today is to join NextGen America as a Blue Wave Volunteer.

 

You’ve been following our weekly 2018 blue wave candidate highlights, right? Well, San Francisco-based NextGen America, previously NextGen Climate, also works to elect progressive candidates across the country for a better world. They have just launched their Blue Wave Volunteer Program focusing on 11 key state races this November. Volunteer with them here:

 

https://nextgenamerica.org/act/blue-wave-signup/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=htmlversion&utm_campaign=180614_Blue_Wave

 

And be prepared to phone bank and text our way out of this GOP controlled nightmare.

 

Science the Hell Out of the New Year

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Your DGB for today is to find your new favorite way to geek out on science and become a citizen scientist.

One DGB staffer, who also happens to also be a redhead like the host, has recently become obsessed with the Ologies podcast by Alie Ward. https://www.alieward.com/ologies/ It’s super funny, chock full of random facts, and pretty much everything we could want in a science podcast, and I bet you didn’t even know you were looking for a science podcast. Recently, Alie and a guest discussed being citizen scientists, which DGB has tackled before: https://www.dailygrabback.com/todays-grab-1/2016/12/20/become-a-citizen-scientist-with-crowd-sourced-research and we wanted to remind you guys to get involved with the sciences at home because, Lord knows, the White House isn’t passing along the funding for it.

Some cool projects we’re currently loving are as follows:

https://www.galaxyzoo.org - almost no one has seen these images of space you’re about to see and you get to help categorize them. Some people have even had cool and unusual stuff named after them. We’re obsessed.

https://www.bumblebeewatch.org DGB staffers have a slight fixation with bees. You can help track different kinds of bumblebees and let others know when you see rare and endangered species.

https://www.operationwardiary.org/?_ga=2.89638107.1508757513.1515471804-167214861.1515471804 Help annotate diaries from the First World War. You can help preserve world history and perhaps even connect someone to their family story.

Need some more ideas? Check here: https://www.zooniverse.org/projects?page=2&status=live and find a project that interests you and spend the new year enriching your life and the lives of others.

 

Sign Up to Act with the NAACP

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Your DGB for today is to work with the NAACP.

Your phone is almost always in your hand, right? Well, now it’s a Bat Signal when your help is needed on behalf of justice! No need to pull together a skin-tight superhero suit - your regular attire will work just fine when you sign up to help out the NAACP.

All you have to do is text STAND to 52886 to volunteer your time and talents. That’s it! One text. Less than a minute. You’ll be signed up to get the latest rallying cries from a great anti-racism, pro-human-rights organization.

If you’re a belt-and-suspenders type, you can also find your local chapter and join. http://www.naacp.org/find-local-unit/

 

Diversity In Clinical Trials

Your DGB for today is to promote diversity and participation in clinical research.

We here at the DGB love diversity. And not just because of its popularity as a progressive buzzword in the 1990s, although we love the 90s too. Diversity makes the world a better, stronger, and more interesting place. It also makes it a healthier one. Unfortunately, due to various aspects of racism, sexism, and white supremacy, the lack of diversity in clinical trials and research has had a real and dangerous impact on the efficacy of medication and medical procedures.

As noted in the link, there are a number of reasons for this problem. Medical science has a long and sordid history of doing pretty much everything wrong when it comes to ethical behavior. Lack of access to medical care has a disproportionate effect on minorities and women. Sometimes it’s simply a knowledge gap. People don’t realize that they are needed to participate. Today, consider volunteering for a clinical trial and/or at least seeing if you are a good match for one. You don’t have to be suffering from a medical condition or have a complicated genetic history - healthy people are needed too!

ResearchMatch is an organization funded mostly by the National Institute of Health (NIH) that has set up a database and matching system to pair volunteers with trials that need them. Set up a profile and lend your body to science!

 

Last Seen

Your DGB for today is to check out Last Seen and sign up to transcribe when you have free time.

“Last Seen, is a project of the Graduate Program of the Department of History at Villanova University in collaboration with Mother Bethel AME Church.” Students comb over old microfilm newspapers looking for ads that sold enslaved people. Then they put those ads on their website and wait for someone, like you, to transcribe them. This, in turn, helps those looking for lost ancestors reconnect with their familial line and possibly find relatives they never knew they had. You can also submit ads for transcription.

During the Transatlantic Slave Trade from 1522-1866, 12.5 million people were shipped from Africa to the New World. Only 10.7 million of them survived. Once the approximately 400,000 enslaved people shipped to the United States arrived here, many families were broken up, children separated from their parents, husbands separated from their wives. Enslaved women gave birth to on average, nine children, and the enslaved population rose to 3.9 million. Enslaved people were often traded with zero regard for families, or even because they felt the family bond was hindering their work. We tell you these facts because it is important to know our history. We can’t change the past, but we can help people reconnect with those loved ones they lost through the horrors of the domestic slave trade. http://www.theroot.com/slavery-by-the-numbers-1790874492

Sign up to transcribe with Last Seen. See our history and learn from it. These ads are shocking and horrific, but “(w)e have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future.” - Frederick Douglass

 

Clean the World, One Tiny Shampoo Bottle at a Time

Your DGB for today is to support the Clean the World Foundation.

Communicable disease is still a huge problem that kills millions of people,  mostly children, every year. While dirty water contributes to the issue, did you know that another problem is lack of access to soap? Clean the World is looking to solve that problem while also giving hotels the chance to lessen their environmental impact. This organization collects slightly used soap bars and bottles from individual hotels and hotel chains and recycles it into new soap. It then distributes it to communities in need.

 

Clean the World also provides:

Emergency Relief and Humanitarian Aid

Outcome-Based Hygiene Education Programs

Microloans

Local Hygiene Promotion Programs

Community Engagement

 

Please go to the Clean the World Health Statistics web page and check out this information: https://cleantheworld.org/need-and-impacthealth-statistics/

If you want to go a step further you can also volunteer or organize a volunteer event at one of their recycling locations. Those are currently in Orlando, Las Vegas and Hong Kong. They also appreciate donations as little as $1.

And you thought those tiny little bottles of shampoo were silly. Hotel toiletries might not save the world, but they could go a surprisingly long way towards saving lives.

 

Let's Do Lunch, America

Your DGB for today is to help feed senior Americans through the Meals on Wheels Program.     Recent comments by Trump’s Budget Director, Mick Mulvaney, suggest that budget cuts have the potential to have adverse effects on the Meals on Wheels program. The President of Meals on Wheels has been quoted as saying  “The problem with a skinny budget is it is lean on details. ” Our crystal ball is in the shop so we have no idea if they are going to lose funding or not (uncertainty is an underlying theme of this presidency), but we aren’t ones to just sit around and wait for bad things to happen.     Today we are asking you to help Meals on Wheels in one of two ways. Consider volunteering for Meals on Wheels in a way that works for your schedule. It can be a one time thing, a once a month gig, or maybe you have time to do it every week! Some locations even need help in their kitchens preparing food. Check their  website  and find a volunteering opportunity that works for you. If you are hard-pressed for time, you can visit  their site  for other ideas for advocacy, shopping, or donations.     Let’s work together to make sure our seniors are fed and our hearts are full.     

Your DGB for today is to help feed senior Americans through the Meals on Wheels Program.

Recent comments by Trump’s Budget Director, Mick Mulvaney, suggest that budget cuts have the potential to have adverse effects on the Meals on Wheels program. The President of Meals on Wheels has been quoted as saying “The problem with a skinny budget is it is lean on details.” Our crystal ball is in the shop so we have no idea if they are going to lose funding or not (uncertainty is an underlying theme of this presidency), but we aren’t ones to just sit around and wait for bad things to happen. 

Today we are asking you to help Meals on Wheels in one of two ways. Consider volunteering for Meals on Wheels in a way that works for your schedule. It can be a one time thing, a once a month gig, or maybe you have time to do it every week! Some locations even need help in their kitchens preparing food. Check their website and find a volunteering opportunity that works for you. If you are hard-pressed for time, you can visit their site for other ideas for advocacy, shopping, or donations. 

Let’s work together to make sure our seniors are fed and our hearts are full.

 

No Money? No Problem.

Your DGB for today is to use Volunteer Match to make your free contribution to society and help build stronger, local communities.

Alright, so if you’ve got no money, you’ve got lots of problems. And, if you're like us, you probably don’t have a ton of free time either. We all want to make the world a better place. We’re all about calling our representatives, and we’re 100% on board with supporting our brothers and sisters in their fight to live the American Dream through donations, but sometimes we need to make it rain quick acts of labor instead of cash.

Enter Volunteer Match, your gateway to finding local projects or organizations that need your help. Volunteer Match is connected with over 100,000 nonprofits that offer one-time deeds or ongoing projects that you can choose, based on your time and level of commitment. You can easily search by location and interest, or do online volunteer work; yup, that’s a thing. Want to help brighten the day of a local elderly person in assisted living? They’ll hook you up. You’ve got time to volunteer at your local Pride parade? Maybe your local Pride parade organizers are hoping to find you too.

We need small shows of solidarity, the kind that bring communities together, in addition to larger acts of resistance and sedition. Get out there and make the world a better place, one minute at a time.