Holiday gift ideas and activities that make a difference

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Action #1 – Postcards for America-California has a HOLIDAY PROJECT!

The Impeachment of DJT is moving along quickly (HOORAY) and while the House is certain to vote to Impeach, the Senate is not…unless we pressure them! Please share these materials (google drive or this page) with anyone you think will help with this effort. We may think our little effort doesn’t amount to much but multiplied by the hundreds, thousands, and yes, millions of Americans who feel exactly as we do, then we can change this situation. U.S. Senators are a fearful bunch, right now they fear Trump more than us. Let’s change that equation because THEY WORK FOR US!

  • 4 printable postcard designs
  • Write your short, clear message (See suggestions below.)
    • Don’t be a Russian Asset! Vote to Impeach and Remove Trump!
    • The Rule of Law is ALL! Vote to Impeach and Remove Trump!
  • Add a postcard stamp (or $.35 cents postage.)
  • Mail your card and REPEAT!
  • Here are all the addresses for GOP Senators (plus a Dem and an Ind who generally vote with them). Write to as many of them as you want, the more the better, as often as you want to! All it takes is some of your time, some card stock, your printer, and stamps.

Action #2 – Check out this great holiday gift guide to a better future.

Some of these sites allow us to buy things for ourselves, our family, and our loved ones. Some provide things to people we may have never met. In that case, consider donating in honor of someone. And don’t forget to look for causes in your own town that need support. 

  • Things to give:
    • First, a reminder that all the Democratic candidates have their own shops. Buy a T-shirt or the list and support your favorite!
    • Buy a copy of Dirty Tricks Game from Democracy Labs:
    • Librarians and libraries have always been custodians of democracy. Support them and get cool posters/bookmarks!
  • Great causes:
  • Protect our rights to vote:
    • Protect voting rights with Let America Vote!
    • Change someone’s life and Spread the Vote by helping them get an ID: or use their Paypal site here.
    • Election Protection, administered by Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, is a non-partisan coalition of over 100 local, state, and national partners working to defend the right to vote. Volunteers provide information and support from registration to polling booth, including voter helplines, voter protection field programs, and online resource guides. Nominated by Sarah, AoCC Voting Team.
  • Help  newcomers to our country:
    •  Go local – Support the  Migrant Advocacy Fund of Ventura County. Donations help to transport immigrants, underwrites free citizenship fairs, provide meals to asylees waiting for their hearings, provides food to share with refugees at the border, DACA application fees, and more. Donate here. Join in to help here.
    • Help Choose Love send refugees the things they actually need.
    • Gift your airline miles to fly someone to their new home:
    • ICIJ engages in policy advocacycommunity organizing, and education, and rapid response to ICE and border patrol operations. They provide food, clothing, and transportation to ICE detainees. They also work to close the Adelanto concentration camp and exposing ICE’s attempts to circumvent California’s private prison ban. Donate here and support asylum-seekers here.
  • Change minds:
    • (From Americans of Conscience Checklist): A 2017 study found that viewers of FOX News are less informed than those who watch no news at all. Give the gift of trustworthy journalism. Consider:
    • (From AoCC): Give the gift of a better future. The Prison Book Program mails books to people in prison to support their educational, vocational, and personal development and to help them avoid returning to prison after their release. They also introduce citizens to issues surrounding the American prison system and the role of education in reforming it. DonateCash or donate requested books.

Originally posted on Indivisible Ventura. Re-posted with permission.

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