This page will be updated much more in the weeks to come. Currently, we are offering you links to vital information about how to find and contact your representatives, what legislation is being proposed, information about voting, and Google Docs with information about calling your representatives about important issues, particularly to voice THIS IS NOT NORMAL about many of the proposed appointments and plans of the new administration. Each phone call typically takes less than one minute. Scripts are provided. Calling your representatives and writing letters is HIGHLY EFFECTIVE.
We're also sharing important information about standing up for human rights and fighting discrimination and bigotry.
WHERE TO GET INFORMATION & HOW TO USE IT
5Calls.org: a super easy way to make calls. You pick an issue and put in your zipcode, they provide scripts and phone numbers for your representatives!
Northfield Initiative: From their website: "The Northfield Initiative is a student run organization designed to increase voter turnout in the city of Northfield. By presenting objective, nonpartisan information regarding both the methods of voter participation and the candidates themselves, we aim to encourage all eligible voters to engage in democracy." There's a lot of great local information on the website. Check it out!
Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda guidebook has solid plans of action based on movements that worked in the past.
My Time to Vote website where you can keep updated on when and where to vote, and general information about voting and what types of things are on ballots. Most people in the US don't vote at all. The rest mostly only vote when there's a Presidential election. We need to get out and vote at every opportunity, for everything!
Who Represents Me? Minnesotans: Put in your address and get a list of everyone you should call and write to voice your opinions on important topics and legislation. This site will show you your federal and state representatives and provide their contact information.
Call My Congress website where you put in your zipcode and get your representatives and their contact information (including Twitter handles) and links to their voting records.
Keep Track of Pending Legislation in Minnesota: visit this link, and keep track of legislation pending in Minnesota. You can search by topic (e.g., "Education—K-12"), and even set up notifications for bills you want to track. The MN House, for example, has bills before it that would enact "permitless carry" for firearms, a "stand your ground" law, and a termination of solar energy incentives. On the the plus side, Rep. Ilhan Omar has introduced an Equal Rights Amendment ("Equality under the law shall not be abridged or denied on account of gender").
Vote Smart: A website were you can get a ton of information in one place about any politician--bio, votes, positions, ratings, speeches, and funding--all one on website!
We Are the 65 Weekly Calls to action. From their website: Over 65 million Americans rejected Donald Trump on Election Day. What if we came together every day to fight for our vision of a diverse, inclusive America? Together, we can use our voices to remind Congress that they work for all of us.
We are The 65. Join us and call your legislators today!
What To Do This Week: google doc updates every week with actions for every person of conscience, regardless of political affiliation. You can sign up to receive an email with this document each week or find links to the most recent google doc here.
"Shy Person's Guide to Calling Representatives" from Action Friday.
"How to Call Your Reps When You Have Social Anxiety" illustrated guide from Echo Through the Fog.
Finding steady ground: strengthening our spirits to resist and thrive in these times. Great resource with advice on how to keep going and thrive while fighting the good fight. You can sign up for reminders if you want to.
"How to Stay Outraged Without Losing Your Mind" advice on how to stay in this for the long-haul.
LEARN ABOUT ISSUES & HOW TO STAND UP FOR JUSTICE
Here are helpful articles that provide concrete, proven suggestions for what you can do in your personal life, workplace, etc, and how to handle uncomfortable and painful conversations and situations:
"Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide" from the Southern Law Poverty Center
"Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry" from the Southern Law Poverty Center
"SURJ Thanksgiving Toolkit" offers advice for how to talk to family over the holidays. It's good for more than just Thanksgiving!