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Things You Can Do Beyond Voting

October 14th, 2020 · 12 Comments · Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy, Politics


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 the former racist-in-chief.

You want to feel good after election day in November.

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 everything you could.

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?

Yes — you can Vote — including in advance and by mail-in — but here’s a bunch of other proactive things you can do as well —>

Talk to your friends and neighbors not just about how trump is an obvious criminal conman sociopath but about the ways you think Joe Biden has been good.  Also, help them out by making sure they’ve got a plan to vote:

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

If you’re an American citizen living outside of the country, you can still vote.  Here’s how you can can do it from abroad —

Talk to your third party leaning friends, or those who tend to cop out with the old “they’re all the same” b.s., and politely explain how hate mongering and racial bias attacks have skyrocketed nationwide since trump’s election;  how only one party is trying to deny and dismantle democracy and disenfranchise people’s votes;  how the lies he told about a virus he knew was deadly caused America to have more than twice the number of coronavirus deaths than any other nation.

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 —>

There are actually a lot of paying jobs you can get in all states in the union — check 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.
Updated Biden phone call volunteer webpage will get posted here when it’s up, or do a Google search.

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-written 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 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.  Phone the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121, and an operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.  Or here’s a website that will connect you —

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 a good 2024 piece you might enjoy and wanna share — “Why I Love Joe Biden



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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12 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. 🙂

  • 12 Jeanne Burgess // Jan 30, 2024 at 2:46 PM

    Once again you nailed it, Brian. You reminded us of the good things Joe has done for our country. It was hard walking into the mess that was left from the former administration. It’s still hard with the MAGA cult division. I still hold out hope that democracy will prevail.

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