Texas

Fuck Butterflies, Right?

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Happy Christmas Eve, Grabbers. The Supreme Court is going to allow the Trump Administration to plow through a butterfly sanctuary in Missions, Texas. Along with swaths of private land, The National Butterfly Center finds its conservation and community work in the way of Trump’s border wall project (for which we still cannot pay).

Your DGB for today is to share this incredibly stark example of pure good vs. heartbreaking cruelty with your circle. Of all the impacts of the wall, this one is hitting us particularly hard.

Greg Abbott, Stand Up

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Last week, the death of a seven-year-old girl in Customs and Border Patrol custody in El Paso made the news as it highlighted the cruelty of current treatment of migrants.

This Guatemalan child had a nearly 106 degree fever and succumbed to dehydration and shock. Few details have been released.

Your DGB for today is to contact Texas Governor Greg Abbott and demand answers and accountability from CBP. Use the handy “I want to share my opinion” button at the link below, because do we ever.

https://gov.texas.gov/contact

Flip the House: Texas

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Your DGB for this weekend is to elect Texas democrats to the House of Representatives.

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher is running in District 7

https://www.lizziefletcher.com/

Gina Ortiz Jones is running in District 23

https://ginaortizjones.com/

Colin Allred is running in District 32

https://www.colinallred.com/

And, while we’re talking Texas, don’t forget to do what you can for Beto in his Senate race against Unconvincing Human-Costumed Probable Serial Killer.

https://betofortexas.com/

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

 

End the Backlog

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Your DGB for today is to help end the backlog of untested rape kits in the US.

There are hundreds of thousand of rape kits, sitting in evidence rooms across the country, just waiting to be tested. And why haven’t they been? Money. Apparently catching rapists just isn’t worth the cost, but there’s something you personally can do.

We did a grab exactly one year ago about ending the backlog, https://www.dailygrabback.com/todays-grab-1/2017/6/12/enough?rq=End%20the%20backlog, and we are happy to announce that Texas did pass the bill to allow crowdfunding of testing for rape kits. In its first month, an initiative that allowed you to donate $1.00 or more fund the processing of rape kits when you applied for your Texas Drivers License, earned $25,000 towards its cause. https://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2018/01/25/texas-drivers-donated-25k-month-alone-help-clear-rape-kit-testing-backlog Imagine if other states followed suit.

Here’s what you can do to make that happen, you can check out http://www.endthebacklog.org and find out what’s happening in your state. They have sections for you to contact your representative, get involved and to donate.

Ending this backlog will catch criminals. It will bring closure to hundreds of thousands of women. And, most importantly, it lets victims and potential victims know that this crime does matter, that what happened to them is wrong, and that we’re going to do everything in our power to catch and stop who did this. Ending rape culture can start with one simple little step of showing that we will find and catch rapists, and punish them to the fullest extent of the law.

In the words of our hero, Olivia Benson, “Healing begins when someone bears witness. I saw you. I believe you.”

 

Ted Cruz’s Senate Seat

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Your DGB for this weekend is to help beat Ted Cruz.

In one of the most talked about senate races this year, Zodiac killer Ted Cruz is being challenged by former punk band member Beto O’Rourke and it’s thisclose, y’all.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/18/politics/ted-cruz-beto-orourke-poll/index.html

Don’t even take the time to consider the absurdity of that sentence, just help out Beto by donating, volunteering, and amplifying his message.

 

https://betofortexas.com/

https://www.facebook.com/betoorourke

https://twitter.com/betoorourke

 

Our favorite non-policy thing about O’Rourke? He likes to cuss on the campaign trail. A man after DGB hearts.

https://www.facebook.com/texastribune/videos/10155506406660837/

 

Dallas DA

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Your DGB for this weekend is to help Elizabeth Frizell’s campaign for Dallas County, Texas District attorney.

Judge Frizell’s platform includes criminal justice reform, with a focus on ending police shootings of Black people and mass incarceration. She’s exactly the type of candidate we should be trusting our society to, and the DA’s office in Dallas is hopefully another stepping stone in an even longer career in public service. Read more about her through her endorsement by Real Justice Pac. While there, you can also sign up to join their larger movement electing progressive prosecutors across the country. With Frizell’s primary scheduled for March 6th, now is the time to amplify her candidacy on Facebook and @Frizell4da on Twitter.

 

 

 

Support NARAL

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Your DGB for today is to support NARAL and other pro-choice organizations.

You may have heard about the recent case of Jane Doe; an undocumented teenager in Texas seeking an abortion. The Trump administration fought against this and blocked her abortion for weeks, essentially saying in court that undocumented immigrants have no inherent right to an abortion. After a weeks long battle, a Texas judge ruled that she was indeed allowed to get her procedure done and that undocumented immigrants are afforded the same inalienable rights that US citizens are. http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/25/560013894/jane-doe-has-abortion-in-texas-after-battle-with-trump-administration

Organizations like the ACLU and NARAL fight every day for reproductive rights, and we need to support them. Today we are asking you to donate to or publicly support NARAL on your social media platforms. You can find other ways to support them, and a link to donate here: https://www.prochoiceamerica.org/ Everyone deserves access to reproductive healthcare. Support organizations that ensure that right.

 

I Think You Better Sign this Petition… Sign It!

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Your DGB for today is to sign this petition to change the name of Robert E. Lee Park in Dallas, TX to Erykah Badu Park.

A statue of Robert E. Lee was recently removed from a park in Dallas, TX, but the park is still named after Confederate General Lee. DGB wants to replace ALL confederate monuments, statues, and parks. So today we are just asking you to sign the petition to honor Dallas native Badu. If you happen to live in Texas, particularly Dallas, give your city council members a call. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/robert-e-lee-park-erykah-badu_us_59cbae98e4b053a9c2f57003?section=us_black-voices

We think ya better call Dallas (call him)

And tell him come on, help you get your confederate shit.

 

Helping Each Other in Times of Crisis is What Makes America Great

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Your DGB for today is to lend a hand to those affected by the worst flooding in American history. 

Hurricane Harvey continues to break records no one ever wished to see broken, by causing one of the worst natural disasters we’ve ever seen. The photos and videos out of Houston, TX and surrounding areas are horrifying, scary, and sad. But there are things you can do.

These organizations will gladly take your money, as their resources will be far outmatched by need in the coming days and weeks.  

 

Local food banks in the Houston area:

http://www.foodbankcc.com/

http://www.victoriafoodbank.org/get-involved/donations/

 

Local hospital:

http://www.driscollchildrens.org/giving/ways-to-give

 

Diapers for some of the smallest victims:

https://texasdiaperbank.networkforgood.com/projects/33717-change-a-life

 

Pets left behind are going to need shelter and food, and help finding their owners again:

https://spca.org/give

https://www.hsnt.org/donate/

 

If you have an AirBnB in the area, you can provide emergency shelter:

https://www.airbnb.com/disaster/hurricaneharveyevacuees

 

National organizations providing range of services on the ground:

http://www.redcross.org/news/press-release/Hurricane-Harvey-Strengthening-Red-Cross-Urges-Gulf-Coast-Residents-to-Make-Emergency-Preparations-Now

https://secure.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.9534757/k.CB79/Hurricane_Harvey_Relief_Fund/apps/ka/sd/donor.asp?msource=westwhhve817

 

This storm is a humanitarian crisis, but we can rise to the occasion. Give what you can.