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We Can’t All Do Everything, But Everyone Can Do Something

Many folks have sent me messages or commented on Facebook posts to ask what concrete steps you can take to get involved on the issues that matter most in a President Donald Trump world. Here’s my not-even-a-little-bit-complete list of how to get involved on an issue.  

Pick Your Cause. You’re not going to be able to fix everything, but you can fix one thing. Learn as much as you can about that specific issue. Read books, articles, and everything you can get your hands on, from all sides. Make lists of your talking points on why this should matter to people who are connected, and especially for people who are not connected.

Remember that not every issue is a massive national issue. In fact, most aren’t. You’re most affected by local and state laws. It may even be a school or neighborhood policy you want to work on, but that may be what affects you or your family the most. That’s totally worthwhile.

Learn the Field. Who are the power players? Where are the decisions made? Is it a local issue? A school issue? A state issue? National? Who are the people you have to know? Focus your time on learning the process and identifying the people you have to know. (And please, please, please, go meet your local legislators in person. They’re the ones whose laws will affect you most, and once they know you? They’ll remember you every time you call or write them.)

Build Relationships. No one is going to listen to a carpetbagger. You’ve got to put in the work of getting to know the players, the teams and the system. Start showing up to city council meetings or hearings or even happy hours. Whenever you can introduce yourself to someone, do it, and then get them to talk about themselves. They’ll love you for it.

Plan Your Course of Action. Are you looking to change public opinion or change policy? Writing a petition and getting signatures to convince a city council to change a policy might be four times as much work as requesting an agenda item be added and showing up to speak about it with some friends. (Also, talk to the people you’ve built relationships with. Where have they had success in the past? What do they say about the people you’re trying to convince?)

Tell Your Friends, Family, and Network What You’re Doing. We’re attracted to people who think and act like we do, which means you’ve got instant allies. The more people you talk to, the more likely you’re going to gain support and connections. Someone’s going to know someone. I’ve gotten 20 different messages from people asking how to get involved here because you all know I keep talking about stuff that’s important to me. Don’t be afraid to share your passions and do some evangelizing.

If you’re willing to put in the work, I promise you things can happen. If everyone focused on the issues they’re an expert in or most passionate about, we could do some pretty amazing things. We can’t all do everything, but everyone can do something. 

Robbie Medwed is an Atlanta-based LGBT activist, writer, and educator. He wrote this post in response to many of his friends questions and queries, and realize it’d be a really nice thing to share with the rest of the world. Follow him on Twitter: @rjmedwed

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First Lady Unveils White House Christmas ‘Gifts from the Heart’ Decorations – as Some Remember ‘Creepy’ Trump Holidays

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First Lady Dr. Jill Biden on Monday unveiled the White House’s 2021 Christmas decorations.

“Inspired by the acts of kindness and experiences that lifted our spirits this year, decorated rooms in the White House reflect the Gifts from the Heart that unite us all: faith, family, friendship, the arts, learning, nature, gratitude, service, community, peace, and unity,” Dr. Biden said in a social media post, which included photos.

The Hill’s Alex Gangitano posted some images from today’s tour:

In a monumental gesture of inclusiveness and spirit of bipartisanship the Bidens even included a nod to Donald Trump and Melania Trump, the former President and First Lady.

But some were quick to remember the disturbing Christmas decorating efforts of the former White House occupants:

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DeSantis Courts Anti-Vaxx Voters by Changing Unemployment Rules to Give Them Benefits if They Get Fired: Report

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Florida’s DeSantis administration is expanding the Republican governor’s anti-vaxx policies by altering state unemployment insurance rules to allow those fired for refusing the coronavirus vaccine to be eligible for benefits.

“Extending unemployment benefits to the unvaccinated is just the latest in a series of proposals aligning the GOP with people who won’t get a COVID shot,” Axios reports, noting that Iowa, Kansas, and Tennessee have also changed their rules to favor anti-vaxxers.

“Republicans see a prime opportunity to rally their base ahead of the midterms. No matter how successful their individual efforts, the campaign is a powerful messaging weapon,” Axios adds.

Up until now being fired for cause – for refusing an employer’s requirements, including being vaccinated – has made terminated employees ineligible for unemployment benefits.

“The general proposition is that it is lawful for an employer to mandate the vaccine and so if an employee doesn’t get it, it’s a choice,” labor attorney Domenique Camacho Moran told CBS News in October.

“It’s like if your employer said, ‘Come in at 9 o’clock and you said, ‘Thanks for sharing, I’ll come in at 11.’ If you engage in deliberate misconduct like that, you won’t be entitled to unemployment benefits which are designed to be provided to those who are separated through no fault of their own,” he added.

But DeSantis and his administration have been downplaying COVID and the coronavirus vaccine, promoting expensive COVID treatments over vaccines – treatments that financially benefit one of his top political donors.

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Trump Supporters Have New ‘Ambitious Plan’ to Have Loyalists Oversee Elections Across America: Report

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Donald Trump and his supporters are enacting an “ambitious plan” to place loyalists in key positions overseeing elections after his unsuccessful efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, which was won by Joe Biden.

“In Michigan, local GOP leaders have sought to reshape election canvassing boards by appointing members who expressed sympathy for former president Donald Trump’s false claims that the 2020 vote was rigged. In two Pennsylvania communities, candidates who embraced election fraud allegations won races this month to become local voting judges and inspectors,” The Washington Post reported Monday. “And in Colorado, 2020 doubters are urging their followers on conservative social media platforms to apply for jobs in election offices.”

The report comes as Trump continues to push his “Big Lie” of election fraud, releasing a Sunday statement falsely claiming the “2020 Election was rigged and stolen.”

“Citing the need to make elections more secure, Trump allies are also seeking to replace officials across the nation, including volunteer poll watchers, paid precinct judges, elected county clerks and state attorneys general, according to state and local officials, as well as rally speeches, social media posts and campaign appearances by those seeking the positions,” the newspaper reported. “If they succeed, Trump and his allies could pull down some of the guardrails that prevented him from overturning Biden’s win by creating openings to challenge the results next time, election officials and watchdog groups say.”

READ: Trump has a plan to make it easier to ‘subvert the will of the voters’ in 2024: CNN

There are QAnon-linked candidates running for secretary of state to oversee elections, including Rachel Hamm in California, Jim Marchant in Nevada, Kristina Karamo in Michigan, Mark Finchem in Arizona, and Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) in Georgia.

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold (D) warned how the focus has shifted from overturning the last election to overturning future elections.

“The attacks right now are no longer about 2020,” Griswold explained. “They’re about 2022 and 2024. It’s about chipping away at confidence and chipping away at the reality of safe and secure elections. And the next time there’s a close election, it will be easier to achieve their goals. That’s what this is all about.”

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