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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.

 

Demand Kasich Veto Abortion Ban

 

Urgent Grab! Contact Governor Kasich and demand he veto the “Heartbeat Bill”

Very urgent Grab for you today, folks. The Ohio state Senate has just approved a bill that bans ALL abortions before the 6th week of gestation (before many women even know they are pregnant) or after a heartbeat is detected. There are no exceptions for rape or incest. This bill now sits on the desk of Ohio Governor John Kasich and awaits signing or veto. Given the possibility that Trump will be able to appoint enough SCOTUS judges to overturn Roe v. Wade and uphold the Heartbeat Bill, it is vitally important that we act immediately and in great numbers. This is how abortion will be nationally banned! Please call and email and write Governor Kasich today and tell him to veto.

Email him through this contact form:  https://act1.myngp.com/Forms/-7990230163885391872

Call him at this number: 614-466-3555 

 

Send a letter to this address:

 

Riffe Center, 30th Floor

77 South High Street

Columbus, OH 43215-6117

 

More information about the bill here:

The Dispatch - Ohio Senate Passes Heartbeat Bill

And here:

Slate - Extreme Anti-Abortion Heartbeat Bill Passes Ohio State Legislature in Wave

Police Training Bill

Your DGB for today is to contact Congress to express your support for a bill that will mandate additional training for police officers in de-escalation and using the lowest level of force necessary.

In the last few years there have been a number of highly publicized and questionable police shootings against American citizens, especially those in marginalized communities. The Preventing Tragedies Between Police and Communities Act of 2016 is a bill currently before Congress that seeks to reduce these incidents through training. At DGB, we support this win-win effort to protect communities and support positive change.

The bill has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigation. We ask you to call your Senators and Representatives, and urge them to push the bill to a passing vote, ESPECIALLY if you are a constituent of committee members (looking at you, Wisconsin, Ohio, Virginia, Texas, Utah, South Carolina, Idaho, Colorado, and Michigan). You can find the list of committee members here

You can also follow this link and sign the petition to demand congress pass this bill.

Currently, police spend 13 times more hours in training on gun use and mastering defensive tactics than they do in learning how to de-escalate conflicts.  It’s time to change the way police departments approach officer training. This bill aims to create trust and cooperation between law enforcement and communities.

If you’d like to educate yourself further on this topic, this Washington Post Database shows the number of fatal shootings of citizens by police officers in 2016.

 

Local Politics

Your DGB for today is to find out who is representing you on local issues, especially anyone new since the election, and identify your opportunities to participate in your local processes.

 

Ah, the voting booth moment of shame. We’ve all been there. You know, when you get to the races for city council or harbor commissioner or county treasurer or school board, and realize you don’t really know who these people are or (in some cases) what their party affiliation is. You may not even be crystal clear on what the position they’re running for means for you. At Daily Grab Back, we believe that political knowledge is essential for political action. So do some research on the people who won your local elections on November 8, the significance of their office, and what kind of public forums are coming up that may address issues significant to your community. Mark your calendar and consider attending.

 

Ballotpedia is a great place to start if you live in one of the 100 largest cities. Otherwise, just google your municipality or county. Local politics don’t always command much of our attention, especially when drowned out by the circus of national politics, but they affect us and our families in significant ways. The next time you step inside the voting booth, aim to know exactly who is running, and what they plan to do for your community.

 

Support Your Local Homeless Shelter

 

You’re making your holiday shopping list and you’re checking it twice, but while you are debating who has been naughty or nice, may we suggest you add a few things to that list? The holidays tend to fill the cupboards of local food pantries, but we at DGB are asking that you go a little further in your generosity.

Next time you are out scrambling to find the latest gadget or snag the last Hatchimal off the shelf, we ask you to add a pack or two of toilet paper, a few pairs of warm socks, and some travel sized toiletries to your purchases. When you’re done shopping you can make one last stop and drop off the supplies at your local homeless shelter. You can find one near you here: Homeless Shelter Directory. Most of these items are available at your local discount or dollar store, which helps you give more and stick to your holiday budget.

Homelessness is a pressing issue in the United States, but it’s particularly troublesome during the winter season when the temperatures drop. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, last year there were 564,708 homeless people in the United States; 206,286 were part of a family unit. To find more statistics on homelessness and other ways you can help visit End Homelessness.

We promise you’ll be added to Santa’s Nice List if you add a few extra items to your cart next time you are shopping for the holidays. At DGB we hope to encourage you all to be good for goodness sake and help us Grab Back, in any way we can.

 

Campaign for Foster Campbell

 

If you have read the description in our About section you know that the Daily Grab Back is a nonpartisan, progressive organization. So you might find today’s DGB to be surprising. However, whether you affiliate with a party or not we all have a clear mandate to do what we can to stop, slow and derail the Trump Administration whenever possible. That being the case, we think that it is an excellent time for our first endorsement of a candidate, Democrat Foster Campbell.

Foster Campbell is a Democrat running for Senate in the State of Louisiana against Republican nominee John Kennedy. The election is December 10th, a runoff election due to no one candidate receiving enough votes on November 8. If he wins it would be the one final chance to help block Trump’s conservative agenda, bringing the Senate from a split of 52/48 to 51/49.  Campbell will need all the help he can get to get out the vote.

You can read more here about the Foster Campbell Election Effort here:

The Hill - Democrats Have One Final Shot to Flip a Senate Seat

Your DGB for today is to help the Foster Campbell campaign by donating, volunteering by phone banking, speaking with any progressive you know who lives in Louisiana, or voting for him if you live in Louisiana.  

To Donate: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/fostercampellforsenatedonate

To Volunteer: http://www.fostercampbell2016.com/volunteer

To Vote (for Louisiana residents): https://voterportal.sos.la.gov

Clean Water for Flint

 

If you have read the description in our About section you know that the Daily Grab Back is a nonpartisan, progressive organization. So you might find today’s DGB to be surprising. However, whether you affiliate with a party or not we all have a clear mandate to do what we can to stop, slow and derail the Trump Administration whenever possible. That being the case, we think that it is an excellent time for our first endorsement of a candidate, Democrat Foster Campbell.

Foster Campbell is a Democrat running for Senate in the State of Louisiana against Republican nominee John Kennedy. The election is December 10th, a runoff election due to no one candidate receiving enough votes on November 8. If he wins it would be the one final chance to help block Trump’s conservative agenda, bringing the Senate from a split of 52/48 to 51/49.  Campbell will need all the help he can get to get out the vote. (full text report)

New York Times - The Racism at the Heart of Flint's Crisis

Earlier this month, a federal court order directed the state to deliver bottled water to Flint residents unless officials can regularly prove the installation and proper operation of water filters in homes. A week later, the administration of Governor Snyder moved to block that order, seeking a temporary restraining order pending appeal of the court’s ruling.

Send a letter to the governor holding him accountable to his pledge that he will work to fix Flint’s water crisis. Out-of-state letters will let him know he is being watched.

Suggested text: (or click here for the editable letter)

Dear Governor Snyder,

I am writing to express my deep concern for the residents of Flint, Michigan, who have now been living without potable tap water for over 400 days.  This is completely unacceptable. Your state’s absolute failure to act appropriately to prevent it can now only be mitigated by how it responds to the crisis. Begin the delivery of bottled water to residents without further appeal. The basic need of clean drinking water is not being met, and your administration is not only able to fix that, but was ordered to do so. Every day that you fight against that order, you are putting the health of your citizens at further peril.  The nation is watching you.

 

Sincerely,

__________________

Your Name

 

Mail to:

Governor Rick Snyder

P.O. Box 30013

Lansing, Michigan 48909

 

For more information and how to help, visit

Flint Rising

Support Women's Health

 

Your DGB for today is to find out which clinics in your community offer free or discounted women’s health services and donate money or time to them. Often these clinics have specific needs, so it’s a good idea to check out their website or contact them to see what those are.

To find local women’s health clinics use Needy Meds, an online resource of free or sliding scale medical services. Simply enter your zip code, and read the description of services offered to find low cost health care providers available to women in your area.

DGB is run by women, and access to health care (including reproductive rights) is a critical issue for us. The incoming Trump administration has been open about plans to cut funds to many women’s health clinics across the country. Changes to the ACA may also reduce access to birth control.

O'Neill Institute - 3 Ways the Trump Administration May Undermine Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice in the U.S. and Abroad

Many clinics that offer free or discounted reproductive health services have seen a spike in demand for birth control, especially IUDs.

NPR - Spike in Demand for Long Acting Birth Control Strains Clinic Budgets

These clinics need our support right now in order to continue to provide key services to women in their communities. After the election, we saw an awesome increase in donations to Planned Parenthood, but many other clinics have not seen equal support. We need to spread out our donations to all clinics in order to reach women throughout the country. Many areas are served by local clinics instead of Planned Parenthood.

 

Call to Action - Betsy Devos

 

Your DGB for today is to tell your senator to vote NO for Betsy DeVos’ appointment to Secretary of Education. DeVos is totally unqualified for this position with no background in education, has never even attended a public school or sent her children to one. She is also a strong supporter and advocate for a voucher system which funnels federal and state dollars away from public education, weakening the quality of education in both public and private systems. You can participate in today’s action in one of two ways:

Send a letter with this site:

Network for Public Education - Tell Your Senator to Vote No for Betsy Devos

 

Or sign this petition:

Move On Petition - Defend Public Education

 

This article describes two likely scenarios that would ensue if DeVos is confirmed by Congress. It also contains details from the  ACLU MI chapter regarding Betsy DeVos’ foundation’s efforts in that state:

Washington Post - What’s the Worst That Could Happen with Betsy Devos as Education Secretary: Two Scenarios