Petition

FOSTA/SESTA

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Your DGB for today is to support sex workers by signing this online petition to repeal FOSTA/SESTA.

FOSTA/SESTA is a set of bills, signed into law last month, that look good on the surface. The legislation is an attempt to fight sex trafficking by making websites such as Craigslist, where trafficking is often organized/solicited, responsible for the crime. The hope is that this will make it much harder for sex traffickers to do business as platforms and sites censor themselves in order to avoid trouble. However, sex workers say the legislation is fatally flawed because it doesn’t distinguish between consensual sex work and sex trafficking. In making the internet less hospitable for sex traffickers, it also pushes sex workers off-line and onto the streets. “When they’re forced onto the streets to find clients, sex workers have fewer advance safety precautions in place, no ability to effectively pre-screen clients, and no way to ensure that they work in safe, secure locations.” https://www.vox.com/culture/2018/4/13/17172762/fosta-sesta-backpage-230-internet-freedom In addition, many - including our own DOJ - argue that the bill won’t even help the victims of trafficking to begin with.

As Aviva Dove-Viebahn said in Ms. magazine, “Even if our opinions on the sex work industry diverge, we can all agree that being a sex worker–whether by choice, circumstance or force–should not disqualify someone from basic human dignity, care and respect.” In light of this, repealing these flawed bills is the sanest choice.

 

It's Time to Talk Impeachment

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Your DGB for today is to sign this petition to start impeachment proceedings in congress against Donald J. Trump.

It’s been a year and some change since the election and Trump has been every inch the disaster we feared he’d be: deeply beholden to Russia; bigoted against people of color, LGBTQ, disabled, women, the poor and more; an embarrassment on the world stage; terrifyingly casual about provoking our enemies; and seemingly determined to turn our country into an authoritarian state.

It’s time to call for impeachment, for reasons too numerous to list. But colluding with our enemies, undermining democracy, and being a sexual predator are a good start. Since coal is a dying industry anyway, let’s fill #45’s stocking with best wishes for an early retirement (and possible jail time) instead.

 

 

Voting Rights Advancement Act

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Your DGB for today is to register your support for H.R. 2978, the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2017. https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2978

Because voter suppression is somehow still a thing in freaking 2017, we need even more laws to prevent the silencing of minority voices at the polls. This is why the United States just can’t have nice things. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL-7), who also introduced this resolution, discusses voter suppression here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trumps-election-commission-is-already-laying-the-groundwork_us_59bc010ce4b02c642e4a15f6

You can contact your reps using Resistbot or Countable and tell them to support free and open voting rights, or by signing the ACLU petition here: https://action.aclu.org/secure/congress-repair-voting-act?ms=web_160620_votingrights_vraa

 

Jobs! Put Statue-makers to Work Again

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Your DGB for today is to sign this petition to replace the Confederate statues in Portsmouth, Virginia with one of Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott.

If there is one good thing that’s come out of the white supremacist protests in Charlottesville, VA this month, it’s that public sentiment has finally turned against having statues in parks and government buildings that glorify the Confederacy, and all over the country these statues are being taken down. They should never have been put up in the first place, so this is long overdue. It’s only natural that we start to think about who should stand in their place. To be reminded of just why Missy is an excellent candidate to be memorialized thusly (and how unparalleled her style is), check out this article and photo-spread Elle magazine did on the hip-hop legend earlier this year.

After you’re done signing that petition, consider the Confederate statues in your own city. If there are no plans to take them down, call up your mayor and ask why, fortheloveofGod, NOT? If there are plans, consider starting your own petition for worthy replacements. Wouldn’t it be fitting and delightful, not to mention a big f-u to the Nazis, if all the General Lees and Stonewall Jacksons were replaced with statues of Black Americans? Yeah, we think so, too. Supa Dupa Fly.