We hope this page will be useful to you in finding ways to effect change, big or small.
Our most recent recommendations for action:
June 9, 2019
- The Americans of Conscience Checklist is focusing on voter empowerment for the month of June. See their site for an explanation and easy actions you can take.
- Sarah-Hope’s list suggests whom you might write to about election security, disaster relief, penalties for those protesting pipelines–and much more.
- Martha’s list provides numerous ways to comment on the record. Crucial this week
is the sage grouse habitat; opportunities to comment closes in two days. Trump wants to open up the entire habitat to oil and gas drilling, threatening more than sage grouse but the entire ecosystem. Also, they’ve moved to remove regulatory restrictions on automated driving for cars, trucks, trains. Planes will be next. The 737 Max problem was in part automation.
June 2, 2019
- The Americas of Conscience Checklist is focusing on voter empowerment for the month of June. See their site for an explanation and easy actions you can take.
- Sarah-Hope’s list also has some actions you can take around elections, as well as a way to pressure Justice Kavanaugh to rescue himself on the abortion issue, ways to address gun violence and more.
- Martha’s list focuses on the attacks on LGBTQ+ civil rights; she says the big news is how the Trump administration is changing how it measures things – pollution deaths, poverty and a new standard called “natural law,” likely a further challenge to LGBTQ+ rights. See her list for ways to engage with these issues.
May 26, 2019
- See Martha’s whole list for other issues affecting trans people, along with many opportunities to comment on the record, including proposals to loosen restrictions on RoundUp, frack California, tighten asylum rules and make eagle feathers available to non-indigenous people for non-indigenous religious observances.
- If you want challenge locking up asylum-seekers or requiring them to wait in Mexico while their cases are being heard, if you want to advocate for preserving NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System or for keeping the EPA’s system for monitoring the health of children, see Sarah-Hope’s full list.
May 19, 2019
- If you want to speak up about gun violence, pregnancy-related deaths among Black women, the “conscience” rule permitting health care providers to refuse to care for LGBTQ+ patients and others–and much more, see Sarah-Hope’s list.
- The Americans of Conscience list has a list of actions you can take, along with some good news.
- Martha also has good news: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reversed the Medicare Part D rule which would have permitted plans to exclude protected classes including people with HIV or cancer. Comments can make a difference! To comment on other issues, among them RoundUp, HUD targeting undocumented residents (see our story last week), exposing miners to diesel exhaust, the ACA, elections and voting systems, municipal sewer run-off, and more, see her list.
May 12, 2019
- Do you have something to say about fracking in California? The destruction of grey wolves? The requirement that asylum seekers pay fees to apply? If so, Martha can tell you how to weigh in. Here is her list.
- Sarah-Hope has identified even more action items than we have listed in the news summaries, from ways to speak up about the dismantling of safeguards around off-shore drilling to subsidies of fossil fuels to Anita Hill’s call for federal protections against sexual harassment. See her list here.
May 5, 2019
- Lawfare has a page with just the executive summaries of the Mueller report.
- Martha has a particularly comprehensive list this week, addressing threats to the ACA, a massive fracking plan in California, changes to groundwater contamination, and much more. She tells you where to submit a federal comment on these and other issues.
- Sarah-Hope’s full list suggests other issues you may want to address–the House climate change bill, the Trump administration’s resistance to considering rape a weapon of war, gun control, and more.
- Jen Hofmann’s Americans of Conscience checklist also offers clear, managable actions to take.
April 28, 2019
If you’d like to take an important action but not drown in an issue or a project, take a look at Martha and Sarah-Hope’s lists. Martha vets the opportunities for public comments and highlights the most pressing. Among the issues this week that would warrant your attention is a proposal around election security and another that would permit Hilcorp Alaska to allow marine mammals to be harmed in its search for oil and gas. Still others would weaken groundwater standards and allow importing “trophies” of endangered species, as well as allowing private donors to contribute to gov’t employees legal expenses: who benefits, would you guess?
Sarah-Hope suggests that you take a stand against the “icebox” detention centers which are so crowded that detainees can neither sit nor lie down. She also thinks you might have something to say about the Trump administrations’s plan to open the California Coast to oil and gas drilling or about mass executions in Saudi Arabia. She offers summaries of numerous issues and people to write to.
Postcards to Voters is writing for a Congressional special election: Marc Friedenberg in PA.
April 21, 2019
Opportunities to comment:
Martha points out that April 25 is the last day to comment on opening up US waters off the Continental Shelf to oil and gas drilling. In addition, see proposed changes to lawyer representation in immigration courts, and new proposed regulations from HUD targeting undocumented immigrants and their families. Also see a 4/15 notice allowing donors to contribute to federal employees’ legal expenses – think about that one and why now?
Sarah-Hope recommends that you look at the bill to preserve Social Security, challenge the ban on transgender service members, address the disenfranchisement of Native American voters, ask your legislators to address vulnerabilities in the election system, and more!
- Americans of Conscience Checklist: Week of April 14, 2019
- It’s spring–and it’s time to write postcards. Want to repeal the Muslim Ban? Make it possible for farmworkers to have a pathway to legal status? Shut down unlicensed detention facilities for child migrants? Support the re-ignited Dream Act? Sarah-Hope has two lists of ways you can be useful.
April 7, 2019
If you think that the Trump administration’s plan to cut aid to Latin American countries (thus intensifying the hardship that leads to conditions that drive people to leave) is a bad idea, Sarah-Hope can tell you whom to write. She also thinks you might want to comment on the Privacy for All act, the refusal of the Education Department to support student loan relief, the withholding and redacting of the Mueller report—and more! Her list is on this google doc.
Martha notes this week that the SNAP work requirement comment deadline was extended to April 10. Glyphosate, the ingredient for Roundup, is now open for comment on inclusion in toxics registry. She suggests that you look closely at the ICE Tip form – it’s really asking neighbors to inform on neighbors, she says. And look carefully at the Waters of the United States proposal, which seeks to redefine all inland waters. Her list has various options for responding on the record.
Resources from March 31, 2019
- “So far in April, there are 29 elections scheduled. If one of these is in your district, make sure you vote! For everyone else, please share this with your network to spread the word in order to increase awareness and turnout!”
- Americans of Conscience Checklist for March 31, 2019.
- Postcards to Voters is currently writing for a City Council race in Frisco, TX. Text JOIN to 484-275-2229 to sign up; you can write as few as 4 postcards at a time, or as many as you like, so this is a very flexible commitment.
- 5 Calls has scripts for various issues.
- Write a letter through the Episcopal Church to defend access to asylum.
- Rogan’s List has a long list of actions, including on the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, fighting the deportation of unaccompanied migrant children, protecting the integrity of voting machines, and a lot more.
- Martha points out that the SNAP proposal comment period ends this week. Something big on 39Ghz networks, auctions, bandwidth is coming up–watch for a webinar April 4th, she says. See her list.
- Martha also wants to call our attention to the assault on coastal zones and inland waters.
- Sarah-Hope has also identified seventeen issues you could comment on–from new draconian proposals that will affect migrant children and families to election integrity to pesticides that are neurotoxins, and much more.
Evergreen opportunities to get involved:
- 5 Calls calling guide (with scripts, numbers, and explanations about why each issue matters)
- Episcopal Church action list
- Jennifer Hofmann’s Americans of Conscience Checklist
- Martha’s list
- Need to Impeach
- Rogan’s List action items
- Postcards to Voters
- Text “resist” to 50409, and a bot will turn your text into a fax and send it to your appropriate elected officials.
We don’t have the resources to thoroughly vet every charity we recommend here, but have limited our recommendations to those who have an A- or better from CharityWatch, or a 95/100 or better from Charity Navigator.
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation
- Appalachian Voices
- Government Accountability Project
- Guttmacher Institute
- Innocence Project
- Local Education & Activities Foundation
- Mote Marine Laboratory‘s coral reef research and conservation
- NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
- Native American Rights Fund
- Planned Parenthood Federation of America
- Sierra Club Foundation
Bear in mind that many charities allow you to donate in somebody else’s name and send them a thank-you or gift note. It can be fun to “thank” politicians for terrible statements by donating to an organization they’d hate in their name. One of our volunteers donates to Planned Parenthood regularly in the name of pro-forced-birth politicians, for example.
- Active Measures
- Every Insane Thing Donald Trump Has Said About Global Warming (Mother Jones)
- Perjury Chart: Trump Associates’ Lies, False, or Misleading Statements on Russia to Federal Authorities (Just Security)
- The “Everything Terrible The Trump Administration Has Done So Far” Omnibus
- What 2018 Looked Like for the Mueller Investigation (month-by-month timeline from CNN)
- The Washington Post’s Fact Checker Database