We hope this page will be useful to you in finding ways to effect change, big or small.
Our most recent recommendations for action:
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