Political Activist Tools

The Action Network

https://actionnetwork.org

The Action Network is an open platform to enable progressive individuals and groups to organize for progressive causes.  Partners making use of this platform  include the Women’s March and Daily Kos.

‘We’re a nonprofit dedicated to building power for the progressive movement, so we don’t have clients — we have partners, and we can mobilize your activists together.

With a nonprofit, user-driven model, we’ve built the most powerful, accessible, intuitive, and full-featured online mobilization toolset on the market.’

Change.org

https://www.change.org

This is a powerful platform for change. You can go online and launch a petition on any topic easily for free. The New York Times describes it as the ‘go to’ site for online uprisings.

Countable

https://countable.org

https://www.countable.us/articles/280-s-congress-voting-week-march-6-2017

This platform shows what Congress is scheduled to vote on for the coming week.

Find out how your Senators voted on Trump’s cabinet appointees and hold them accountable for confirming the Administration’s poor choices:

Daily Action

https://dailyaction.org/

This is one of the best political activist tools currently available. By signing up (for free) you will receive daily texts with a call to action which will take less than 15 minutes to do.

Postcards to Voters

https://postcardstovoters.org

‘Postcards to Voters are friendly, handwritten reminders from volunteers to targeted voters giving Democrats a winning edge in close, key races coast to coast.

Now, we consist of over 20,000+ volunteers in every state (including Alaska and Hawaii) who have written close to 3 million postcards to voters in over 100+ key, close elections.

Our States

https://www.ourstates.org/#ourstates

An excellent way to track where and how Trump’s agenda is being implemented by different states and how we can effectively block that agenda

The site has an excellent ‘how to’ guide for how we can block Trump’s and the GOP’s implementation of legislation and regulations pertaining to a wide variety of issues in individual states.

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Resistbot

https://resistbot.io

This platform turns your text messages into letters faxed to your representatives and sends a copy to Letters to the Editor sections of your local paper. It’s easy and free to use; it is supported through donations. No special apps are required to activate this service since it works with your messaging platform.  Resistbot picked up traction in late March 2017 as protesters sought creative ways to pressure politicians on the healthcare vote. This is a great way to quickly communicate with your representative since snail mail is initially quarantined to check for explosives, etc. and will be delayed en route to your representative.

Boycott Trump Brands and Sympathizers

Boycott all Trump Brands and Products, Fundraising Supporters, etc.

https://www.democraticcoalition.org/boycott

The Democratic Coalition Against Trump launched the app BoycottTrump right after the election.  You can download the app at the link above.  This app is designed to hurt Trump in his wallet.  Using this app you can find the over 250 companies and people that have links to the Trump organization so you can boycott them.  The app is a good idea but it has debuted to mixed reviews about it’s usability. Caution: this organization has proved to be controversial (Daily Beast) with a high percentage of donations to the organization going directly into the pockets of the founders.

Sleeping Giants Twitter Campaign

https://www.facebook.com/slpnggiants/ Join Sleeping Giants’ Twitter campaign to get sponsors to stop advertising on sites supporting Trump and the GOP such as Breitbart and Alex Jones’ Infowars https://twitter.com/slpng_giants

Many major advertisers such as Amazon are unaware that they are supporting these alt-right media companies through the ads they’re running on their sites.  Here’s a link to an article in Slate with more background about Sleeping Giants.

Grab Your Wallet

https://grabyourwallet.org

This site lists companies it recommends consumers boycott because the listed companies do business with and/or distribute Trump brands/products.

Impact Trump Administration Rulemaking

Deluge GOP Rulemaking hearing to Protest GOP Agenda

Throw sand in the Trump Administration’s workings by deluging Trump Administration regulators with comments on proposed rulemaking.  Here’s the link for more information on steps you can take to impede the workings of the Trump administration agencies.

File Comments in Pending Regulatory Rulemaking Proceedings

An article in Brookings in August, 2018, describes how the Trump administration has been very effective in imposing its deregulatory agenda through relentless rulemaking which hasn’t been noticed because of all the media attention to Trump’s tweeting and chaotic administration.

Here’s a ‘how-to’ guide about how best to submit comments regarding pending legislation.  Written by Adam Looney, a former civil servant, Looney lays out the best ways to make your opinions heard regarding legislation in committee.

Influencing Your Member of Congress (MoC)

Facebook

Has a new link that makes it easier to find and meet with your representatives in town halls.

FiveThirtyEight-Tracking Congress in the Age of Trump

projects.fivethirtyeight.com

This site provides an updating tally of how often Senators and Representatives vote with or against Donald Trump.

Govtrack

https://www.govtrack.us

This site tracks Congressional actions by publishing the status of federal legislation, information about our Representatives and Senators including their voting records and research on bills and votes.

Indivisible Guide

https://www.indivisible.org/guide/

This groundbreaking Guide published shortly after the 2016 election details how voters can most effectively influence their Members of Congress (MoC) to bring about real change.  The Indivisible founders took a page from the tactical success of the Tea Party movement early in Obama’s tenure and they detail what works and what doesn’t in this effective guide.  The group’s success has led to the growth of Indivisible Resistance groups throughout the country.

My Reps

http://myreps.datamade.us

A new 2016 site which lists your representatives (federal, state, county and local) and how to get in touch with them.

PopVox

https://www.popvox.com

A civic engagement legislative ‘LinkedIn type’ platform enabling citizens to directly connect with their legislators. Their mission is to empower effective participation and create a transparent record that influences policy making and fosters accountable responsible governing.  It meshes real-time legislative data with users’ personal stories and sentiment, delivering public input to legislators in a format tailored to facilitate actionable policy decisions.

Each pending bill has its own page that gauges support and opposition in easy-to-understand graphs and pie charts and transparently shows who is advocating for each position. Its goal is to provide more effective and transparent connections to your representative since POPVOX verifies that you are in fact a constituent.

Resistbot

https://resistbot.io

This platform turns your text messages into letters faxed to your representatives and sends a copy to Letters to the Editor sections of your local paper. It’s easy and free to use; it is supported through donations. No special apps are required to activate this service since it works with your messaging platform.  Resistbot picked up traction in late March as protesters sought creative ways to pressure politicians on the healthcare vote. This is a great way to quickly communicate with your representative since snail mail is initially quarantined to check for explosives, etc. and will be delayed en route to your representative.

Whip the Vote

https://whipthevote.org

This site connects you to your Member of Congress to help facilitate your contacting them regarding upcoming votes.  Currently the topic is voting ‘no’ on Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the US Supreme Court.

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