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Things You Can Do Beyond Voting

October 14th, 2020 · 11 Comments · Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy, Politics

Yes — you can Vote — and maybe you’re already one of the record-shattering 11 million who’ve cast their ballot — but here’s some other fun cool proactive things you can do —>

Talk to your friends and neighbors and make sure they’ve got a plan to vote.

Check to make sure you’re registered — and check on behalf of your loved ones.

If you’re living outside of the country, you can still vote.  I’ve been involved with Democrats Abroad ever since I left Manhattan, and they’re a cool krewe.  Here’s how you can vote from abroad —

Talk to your third party leaning friends, or those who tend to cop out with “they’re all the same,” and politely explain how hate mongering and hate crimes have increased nationwide; about the lies told about a virus trump knew was deadly and how he turned mask wearing into something political instead of medical; how America has 5% of the world’s population but fully 25% of the world’s coronavirus deaths; how disenfranchising people’s votes is an active practice for an entire political party.

Put up Biden/Harris signs in your front yard or apartment window.
When one person does it, it often prompts others to, too.

You can find your state Democratic party website and info here —>

You can volunteer to phone bank for an hour from your home.  You’ll get to talk to some cool people you wouldn’t otherwise, and bank some votes that may otherwise have been squandered.

You can check in with people you know who don’t have a car and offer to drive them to their polling station.

You can send your own customized creative postcards if you wanna go old-school funky & personal.  There’s a cool group coordinating this called Postcards to Voters —

Also old-school but still effective — write a well-penned letter to the editor of your local newspaper.  Since less people do that now, you have more of a chance of getting printed, and/or having a nice published web link you can share around.

If you’ve got an extra $15 or more that you didn’t spend this month because you’re locked down, you can put it towards restoring sanity, empathy & respect to our governance.

You can call your senator and register how you want him or her to vote on the Supreme Court replacement.  Phone the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121, and an operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.

You can do all of the above for the Senate candidates who are poised to stop the second most evil man in America, Moscow Mitch McConnell.

And that includes a particularly strong slate of women who would bring a different perspective to the law-making body:

Amy McGrath is McConnell’s opponent in Kentucky.

Sara Gideon is trying to unseat Susan Collins in Maine.

Theresa Greenfield is close to upsetting the trump yes-girl Joni Ernst in Iowa.

And Barbara Bollier is on the cusp of winning a Senate seat in Kansas of all places!

Plus there’s the very impressive Jon Ossoff taking on the Repugnant David Purdue in Georgia.

And Mike Espy is neck-&-neck with that crazy “I’d attend a lynching” Cindy Hyde-Smith in Mississippi.

And then there’s the cool smart Democrat-aligned Independent Dr. Al Gross who may unseat the Repugnant in Alaska.

No matter if you’re in a solid blue or solid red state — let alone a swing state! — every single vote that goes into the national kitty is one more voice — yours! — that history will record as voting against and putting an end to this racist-in-chief.

You want to feel good on November 3rd.

You want to fully enjoy the moment this nation will celebrate on that night, and on January 20th, and every day going forward.
And you don’t want that gnawing guilt in the pit of your stomach that you know you didn’t really do your part.

And boy — it’s gonna feel so good when you do it. 😉

And it’s free!  And it’s fun!  And it changes the world!
And how often do you get to do that?

Feel free to copy and share, and add your own personal touch if you want.

And if anybody has any other good ideas beyond simply voting, by all means let me know.




Here’s where you can get my Political Adventures book Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy.

Here’s the first show for the book — a live stream on Facebook — where I perform parts of the book live —


Here’s where you can get the first book in The Beat Trilogy — The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac.

Here’s the second book in the Trilogy — How The Beats Begat The Pranksters.

Here’s the third book in the Trilogy — On The Road with Cassadys and Furthur Visions.


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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jerry Cimino – The Beat Museum // Oct 15, 2020 at 12:07 PM

    There are very few people I have ever met who know as much about politics as you, my friend.

    Many of us on the Left are feeling good about where Joe Biden and Kamala Harris sit today. But, in the spirit of Neal Cassady, this is no time to take your foot off the gas! We felt good about Hillary, too, so we need to behave like Joe is 10 points down instead of ten points up.

    I’m so glad you wrote this about all the things we can continue to do even after we’ve voted. Put up yard signs, text and write letters, a whole slew of options.

    Nineteen days to go! Taste the power. Feel the wave!

  • 2 George Walker // Oct 15, 2020 at 1:27 PM

    Forward! Furthur! Farthur!

  • 3 Cynthia Johnston // Oct 15, 2020 at 9:41 PM

    You don’t just inspire us to get INTO politics, you show us how to GET OFF ON IT.

  • 4 Eric Douglas Augustsen Mani // Oct 16, 2020 at 8:11 AM

    I’m with ya brother!!!

  • 5 Tom Brunner // Oct 16, 2020 at 2:44 PM

    I voted by absentee ballot in PA today.

  • 6 Alex Nantes // Oct 17, 2020 at 7:53 PM

    Thanks for this. I forwarded it to my peeps. I hope it makes the rounds.

  • 7 Brian // Oct 17, 2020 at 9:58 PM

    We all gotta keep the pedal on the metal every day till Nov. 3rd — but I’m going to enjoy every one of them watching this POS squirm . . . with every new poll that comes out — with every report of record-breaking advance voting — with every Republican running for re-election distancing themselves from him — with every comically revealing Mussolini balcony stunt — with every unhinged radio talk show call-in — with every paw-full of conspiracy bullsh*t he flings around his cage.

    For all of you who have been repulsed by this snake-oil conman from the day you first laid eyes on his racist spray-tanned obesity — the next 17 days are going to be his death by millions of voters’ cuts.

    Be sure you’re one of them so you can genuinely feel the joy of what we’re all going to bring about 3 Tuesdays from now.

  • 8 Ashlee Rosko // Oct 18, 2020 at 12:23 AM

    Thanks for spreading the word and the love. If we all work together we can do this. And we MUST do this!

  • 9 Ken Morris // Oct 18, 2020 at 9:13 AM

    More new thinking from the maestro!

    The author activist strikes again.

    If I can’t see you On The Trail at least I can see you online. 🙂

    Keep the Beat till November 3rd and beyond!

  • 10 Craig McKenzie // Oct 18, 2020 at 8:10 PM

    That makes me feel better – thanks for giving us some direction, coach.

  • 11 Dunc Lennox // Oct 18, 2020 at 11:31 PM

    Roided up rampaging maniac
    Goes on Nero-esque Joyride!
    Burns down country
    One month before election

    Just working on some headlines up here. 🙂

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