We hope this page will be useful to you in finding ways to effect change, big or small.
Our most recent recommendations for action:
December 8, 2019
- The Americas of Conscience Checklist has a list of organizations to support and clear. focused actions to take.
- If you’re in a postcard writing mood, see Sarah-Hope’s entire list for actions and addresses.
- Martha’s list has many opportunities to comment for the public record. And as we noted last week, stunningly few people comment, so your comment will have proportionately more weight than you might think.
- Rogan’s list has numerous recommended action on climate, immigration, healthcare and more.
- Our colleague Chrysostom has a full election round-up, weekly and then some. This time he remarks on how the first people to have endorsed Trump seem to have been indcted, points out some scary news on election security, and provides important state-level information.
- Don’t forget to read Heather Cox Richardson this week. Her nightly commentary on events in Washington make sense out of the chaos.
December 1, 2019
- Chrysostom has a comprehensive round-up of elections news, interwoven with some oblique Bloom County references.
- Sarah-Hope’s list includes ProPublica’s list of thirty-one examples of the ways the current administration is systematically undoing guarantees of rights for LGBTQ Americans, as well as some California-specific items.
- Martha’s list offers further opportunities to comment–including on proposed changes to Medicare and Medicaid, plus an extension of time to comment on student workers ability to unionize–and much more.
- Rogan’s list has further opportunities to comment, in addition to other actions you can take to promote the ACA, work against conversion therapy for LGBTQ youth, protect abortion rights, and much more.
- Heather Cox Richardson’s analysis for December 1 posits a reason why Trump does not want to be impeached. It’s not obvious.
November 24, 2019
- The Americas of Conscience Checklist always has clear, pointed suggestions for action.
- Chrysostom posts election updates and analyses at this site.
- Sarah-Hope’s whole list is here, including those you could consider thanking for testifying.
- Martha’s list has numerous opportunities to comment–including on regulations involving the “migrant protection protocols” — of which “remain in Mexico” is one part. The anti-LGBT adoption/foster care proposal was published, along with a proposal to relax standards on coal ash in streams and rivers.
- In addition to opportunities to comment (some of which we include above), Rogan’s list updates us on upcoming climate strikes, including one November 29. See the Fridays for Future map for Canadian events.
November 17, 2019
- The Americas of Conscience Checklist offers a number of positive advocacy opportunities.
- If you want to systematically work through some opportunities to comment on pending rules, Sarah-Hope’s entire list is here.
- Martha’s list provides opportunities to comment on Keystone XL, the reduction in food stamps, cuts to food stamps, fast-tracked nuclear reactors, restrictions on LGBTQ adoptions, and much more.
- Rogan’s list also has a number of ways to speak up–about detained children, voter suppression, Stephen Miller’s white nationalism–and more.
- Chrysostom has a comprehensive round-up of election news.
November 10, 2019
- The Americans of Conscience Checklist has clear information about quick actions you can take to make a difference.
- If you want to use Sarah-Hope’s list for postcarding, here are all the action items together.
- Martha’s list, which lists opportunities to comment for the public record, has some critical items this week: Several proposals on drilling in Alaska, diverting the Sacramento River, relaxing standards for dumping coal waste into rivers, and the final nail in the coffin for the Clean Water Act–along with a proposal to charge fees to immigrants/asylum-seekers.
- Rogan’s list has a way to add your voice to that of the 11,000 scientists who declared a climate emergency this week. She also tells us how to insist that elections are secure, suggests that we advocate for impeachment, and reminds us that enrollment has opened for the Affordable Care Act. It’s important to pass the word on the ACA as open enrollment has not been advertised at all.
November 3, 2019
- Sarah-Hope’s list has the action items above along with others, including ways to address the issue we covered last week on the racism inherent in health-care algorithms.
- Martha’s list provides opportunities to comment for the public record; the policy changes pending would undo agricultural worker, food and environmental protections, implement anti-LGBTQ foster care and adoption measures, permit border officials to delay action on asylum-seekers–and much more.
- Rogan’s list has resources on Indigenous issues, uninsured children, voter purges and much more.
- See Chrysostom’s comprehensive election round-up here.
October 27, 2019
- The Americas of Conscience Checklist offers clear, well-defined actions you can take.
- Amy Siskind’s list is paradoxically helpful in identifying how surreal things have become.
- Sarah-Hope’s list has an additional important story for Californians as well as cohesive opportunities for action.
- Martha’s list has some urgent items on it requiring comments right away: the reduction of energy efficiency standards, land policy in Alaska, EPA policy re: clean air, ominous-sounding policy changes re: Venezuela.
- As Martha notes, on Mondays, Rogan’s list features a listing of proposed rule and regulation changes that arecurrently accepting public comment. Commenting is the way to show government agencies howwe feel about these proposed changes. Our comments also become part of a record that will bereviewed by courts if and when a reg change is contested. Courts use comments to judge whether an agency is acting arbitrarily and capriciously.
October 13, 2019
- The Americas of Conscience Checklist has a number of well-focused action suggestions for voter empowerment and election security.
- Amy Siskind’s list of not-normal events for week 151 is particularly illuminating this week.
- Sarah-Hope’s complete list is at this site, though her action items follow the stories above.
- On her list, Martha calls our attention to item 7 under “NEW”; SEC is massively undoing Dodd-Frank in ways which would de-regulate banks. There are numerous other opportunities to weigh in on proposals to open wilderness areas to roads, lower environmental standards, much more.
- Rogan’s list for Monday has a number of good opportunities to comment.
- Our colleague Chrysostom’s column on elections is on hiatus this week; check it out in a few days.
October 6, 2019
- The Americas of Conscience Checklist has many clear, positive actions that you can take this week.
- Sarah-Hope’s list is always worth reviewing, as there are usually a few items that haven’t made it into our summaries.
- Rogan’s list has a series of excellent action items and resources.
- Martha’s list this week is a compenium of policy changes and proposed changes that affect the environment, public safety, individual rights–and more. Read through it for an education into the fine print of all that is going on. She offers opportunities to comment for the public record as well.
September 29, 2019
- Sarah-Hope’s list is partly incorporated above, but she has additional material especially for Californians.
- In addition to a variety of other actions you can take, Rogan’s list suggests some ways your voice can be heard on the Ukraine/impeachment issue.
- In Martha’s list, note particularly the issue of water quality in Washington State.
September 22, 2019
- Chrysostom’s comprehensive election roundup.
- The Americas of Conscience Checklist offers some clear-cut actions you can take to support voter turnout.
- Some of Sarah-Hope’s action items follow the stories above; see others on her list.
- Rogan’s list suggests actions you can take on impeachment, human rights, gun reform, border wall construction, fees charged to immigrants, and much more.
- Martha’s list offers opportunities to comment for the public record on a myriad of topics: cuts to food stamps, regulations linked to the USCIS public charge rule, expedited removal of immigrants, exploitation of the Alaskan wilderness and national forests, the California auto-emission waiver, immigration court changes, Medicaid work requirement, safe drinking water, nuclear weapons, pesticide residues allowed, the right of federal employees to unionize, miners exposed to diesel exhaust, and the ACA.
September 15, 2019
- The Americas of Conscience Checklist emphasizes election security preparation and Temporary Protected Status for Bahamians. They also offer some good news.
- Martha’s list alerts us to how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services wants to modify nursing home regulations yet again – all but eliminating the ombudsman program and other protections. The proposed requirements would rollback numerous resident protections by eliminating or easing up on specific nursing home responsibilities. The result for residents? Reduced standards for safety, quality care and rights. Comment by the end of the day on the 16th. If you miss it, look at all the other issues in play.
- See Martha’s list as well for opportunities to comment for the public record on cuts to food stamps, regulations linked to USCIS public charge rule, expedited removal of immigrants, immigration court changes, the Medicaid work requirement, and more.
- Sarah-Hope’s list this week focuses on California. Because the legislature had to pass bills by September 13, a pile of crucial laws are now on Governor Newsom’s desk.
- Rogan’s list also has some crucial items–on stopping adoptee deportation, stopping open carry in stores, forgiving student loans, and much more, including a list of where companies make political donations.
September 8, 2019
- The Americas of Conscience Checklist is still on summer break, but you can sign up for their checklist now.
- In addition to proposing various action items, Sarah-Hope recommends that we send well-wishes to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. See Sarah-Hope’s list here.
- Most important on Martha’s list are the USCIS tip form and cuts to food stamps (SNAP). She also identifies opportunities for public comment on proposed changes Medicare Part B, impending exploitation Alaskan wilderness and national forests, the Medicaid work requirement, Drinking water, Nuclear weapons, allowable residues of pesticides residuesm the right of federal employees to unionize, and more.
- If you want to help victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, plant trees to address the climate crisis, work against the deportation of immigrants in medical need, or engage in some other way, see Rogan’s List, now with new items.
September 1, 2019
- See the Americas of Conscience Checklist for lists of issues and easy actions you can take.
- Many items on Sarah-Hope’s list follow the stories above, but if you want to see other items, the entire list is here.
- Martha’s list, which addresses ways to respond for the public record, includes information on plans to restructure immigration courts, a proposed USCIS tip line on immigrants suspected of using public benefits, a rule which would prevent the FDA from labeling Round-Up as a carcinogen, a proposal to open Alaska national forests to roads.
- Rogan’s list is taking a break till after Labor Day, but it still has many timely items on it.
August 25, 2019
- The Americas of Conscience Checklist has reliable and engaging information. See their site for an explanation and easy actions you can take.
- Most of Sarah-Hope’s recommendations for action items follow the relevant stories, but there are a few from last week that you might want to revisit.
- About her list, Martha says that the most important item is the first one in the “Closing Soon” section about the “National Environmental Policy Act Compliance” which applies to all National Forests.and would leave the public with no role in more than 90 percent of the decisions made for our national forests. This is a clear violation of the public trust and of major laws like the National Environmental Policy Act, and it’s designed to ramp up clearcutting and bulldozing of millions of acres in national forests, Also extremely important is the Final Rule allowing unlimited detention of immigrant children, “Apprehension, Processing, Care, and Custody of Alien Minors and Unaccompanied Alien Children” – there is no opportunity to comment as it’s final. But you can write your legislators.
- Rogan’s list is on hiatus until after Labor Day, but the items on her site are still pertinent.
August 18, 2019
- The Americas of Conscience Checklist is an excellent source of action items.
- Americans of Conscience also recommends this list of actions you can take to support those imprisoned at the border.
- Sarah-Hope’s action items follow the stories above, but here’s her whole list if you’d like to have it.
- Martha tells us that there are two particularly alarming items on her list this week: The DOJ “Privacy ACT” on creating a new court database for immigrants to be used by ICE and DHS and the “Implementing Legal Requirements Regarding the Equal Opportunity Clause’s Religious Exemption.” She lists many more policies and rules in process to be aware of.
- Rogan’s list is on hiatus until after Labor Day, but there are still many useful and topical suggestions on it.
- Margaret Atwood recommends that you follow @projectdrawdown on Twitter, and indeed it is a great source for the many evidence-based reports that have emerged recently.
August 11, 2019
- Americans with Conscience recommends this list of actions you can take to support those imprisoned at the border.
- Sarah-Hope’s list of actions to take is mostly integrated into the stories above, but the link has the whole list.
- Martha’s list offers dozens of ways to comment for the public record on issues ranging from environmental policy changes limiting comment and environmental review on national forests logging; a policy change which would not permit California to require a toxic warning on RoundUp; cuts to food stamps; Trump’s Asylum Ban and expedited removal of aliens, the Medicaid work requirement and much more.
- Rogan’s list suggests offers numerous opportunities for public comment.
August 4, 2019
- The Americans of Conscience Checklist recommends that you take some time to re-inspire yourself. Americans with Conscience also recommends this list of actions you can take to support those imprisoned at the border.
- Many of Sarah-Hope’s action items follow the news summaries above–but there are more! See her list.
- Martha’s list for this week includes ways to comment for the public record on cuts to food stamps, Trump’s asylum ban, expedited removal of aliens, drinking water, nuclear weapons, defense installations, pesticides residues allowed, RoundUp, right of federal employees to unionize, exposing miners to diesel exhaust, the ACA and more!
- Rogan’s list suggests ways to comment on the fact that 911 more children have been separated from their parents since a judge prohibited the practice. She recommends ways to address gun laws, strategies for supporting immigrants, and much more.
July 28, 2019
- One way to support immigrants: help them pay their bail bonds, a major hurdle to freedom, through the Bay Area Immigration Bond Fund, Eastern Iowa Community Bond Project, Fianza Fund, Immigrant Bail Fund, Immigrant Family Defense Fund, LGBTQ Freedom Fund, Minnesota Freedom Fund, New Sanctuary Coalition, or this directory of immigration bond funds.
- The Americans of Conscience Checklist recommends this list of actions you can take to address issues at the border.
- Sarah-Hope suggests actions you can take in response to the stories above and others; see her full list.
- Martha points out that many of the items on her list are easy to respond to, but the Bureau of Land Management ones “are more difficult because they want to know how your own land-use activities are impacted. What I tell them is that as a citizen I want hearings both Congressional and at state and local levels to hear from citizens who drink the water, use parks, and breathe.”
- Rogan’s list suggest actions you can take in response to the detention of citizens, the conditions in detention centers, access by congresspeople to detention centers–and much more.
July 21, 2019
- The Americas of Conscience Checklist recommends this list of actions you can take to address issues at the border.
- Sarah-Hope’s recommendations for action are linked to the stories above; to see the whole list–including her brilliant riff on impeachment–look here.
- Martha’s list offers opportunities to comment for the public record on a multitude of issues, including changes to long-term care, natural gas drilling in Alaska, increased plutonium production, and much more.
July 14, 2019
- The Americas of Conscience Checklist recommends this list of actions you can take to address issues at the border.
- Some recommendations from Sarah-Hope’s list follow relevant stories; here are other opportunities to be heard.
- Martha’s list provides numerous opportunities to comment for the public record–on issues including privacy, the migratory bird hunting on Tribal lands, Alaska drilling, multiple state-by-state changing ozone standards, reducing energy efficiency standards for appliances – heaters and furnaces, and much more.
Rogan’s list has many useful items, that ActBlue Charities has a fund supporting a group of organizations working at the border; a toolkit from Never Again, the Jews organizing against the detention camps; a locator from United We Dream that indicates how many people are being held where; and ways to take action on nearly any issue that concerns you.
July 7, 2019
- Some recommendations from Sarah-Hope’s list follow relevant stories; here are others.
- Martha’s list provides numerous opportunities to comment for the public record–on issues ranging from the dangers of diesel exhaust for miners to Trump’s plan to increase surveillance of travellers to the government’s proposal to open 80 new plutonium pits.
- Rogan’s list has many useful items, including a toolkit from Never Again, the Jews organizing against the detention camps; a locator from United We Dream that indicates how many people are being held where; talking points for calling your congressperson about the camps, and much more.
June 30, 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.
- Some of the items from Sarah-Hope’s list are integrated with the stories above; see the full list for more opportunities to be heard.
- Martha’s list provides opportunities to comment for the public record. This week she covers natural gas drilling in Alaska, toxins in drinking water, relaxed requirements for transporting nuclear weapons, protections for LGBTQ health, and many other issues–in particular proposals to redefine how the government measures things – poverty rates, pollution.
- Rogan’s list has ways to speak up about the need to investigate Kavanaugh for perjury, multiple options for addressing the crisis of children in detention, the importance of pressing Democratic presidential candidates on climate change–and more.
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