This idea courtesy of the re:act newsletter (sign up for it!):
One of the best ways that we can make progress in our policy is by making sure that there are progressive lawmakers at every level of the government, across the country. Flippable’s goal is to inform people of when there’s a race that would flip a seat to a Democrat/other progressive and allow them to take action to ensure that the seat does, indeed, flip (via donations, phone banking, etc.).
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In light of Andrew Puzder’s nomination for Labor Secretary, the rights of working-class and low-wage workers look like they’ll be under attack for the duration of Trump’s presidency. Puzder has said he does not support any increase to the federal minimum wage, and has openly said he’d like to automate the jobs in many of his restaurants (Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s – so maybe also don’t eat that those places if possible).
The National Employment Law Project will be vital to workers’ rights, then, over the next four years. A bit more about them, from their website:
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One of the looming threats from the Trump Administration is that he’ll reverse years of progress on the mitigation of climate change, and reverse promises like the Paris Agreement made earlier this year. If you care about climate change, which you of course should, I encourage you to download this action guide put together by Climate Reality Project (founded by Al Gore).
The guide offers action that you can take, from templates for messages that you can spread on social media, to local actions, resources to help you learn and to share with others, and more. It’s available in versions for a variety of countries. It’s really informative and comprehensive, and the more people that utilize its resources, the better.
From the UNICEF website:
The brutal, five-year old Syrian war has affected 80% of the country’s children — 8.4 million young livesshattered by violence, fear, displacement and death. The terrible conflict in besieged cities like Aleppo is increasing their suffering.
In response, UNICEF has helped mobilize the largest relief operation in history — providing safe water, nutrition, polio vaccinations, temporary schools and more. But these children’s needs are outgrowing our resources.
Donate here, now, to help Syrian children stay as safe as possible.
From Derek Nelson’s re:act newsletter (which you should subscribe to!):
The fund [in its 105th year] has typically assisted those in most need in New York, but this year has expanded its reach to help the 60 million people fleeing violence worldwide.
One of the organizations that the fund has been directing its money to recently is the International Rescue Committee, a leading organization that aims to help refugees and other displaced peoples. Many of the other organizations that the Fund directs its money to are NYC community organizations that assist heavily immigrant populations as well.
The New York Times Company pays all administrative costs associated with the donations out of their own pocket, so all donations to the fund go directly to the organizations benefitted.
You can learn more about the fund and make a donation here.
From the White Helmets’ website:
When the bombs rain down, the Syrian Civil Defence rushes in. In a place where public services no longer function these unarmed volunteers risk their lives to help anyone in need – regardless of their religion or politics. Known as the White Helmets these volunteer rescue workers operate in the most dangerous place on earth.
As the conflict in Syria worsens, ordinary people are paying the highest price. More than 50 bombs and mortars a day land on some neighbourhoods in Syria. Many are rusty barrels filled with nails and explosives, rolled out the back of government helicopters — bakeries and markets are the most commonly hit targets. When this happens the White Helmets rush in to search for life in the rubble – fully aware that more bombs may fall on the same site. These volunteers have saved 73,530 lives – and this number is growing daily.
Especially with the disastrous events in Aleppo right now, what this group is doing is crucial. Strongly consider supporting them via a donation if you’re able.
The Association of Young Americans, a new group that seeks to lobby on behalf of Americans ages 18-35 (like the AARP, but for young people – and the AARP has some pretty real power), has created a really great tool called Cool You Voted – Check out their website for a full explanation and to sign up, but basically if you sign up, it allows you to contact your representatives via Twitter, Email, and Facebook (or any combination of the three) by completing a form that they’ll send you every two weeks with relevant topics.
(While you’re at it, I also recommend signing up for a membership with the Association of Young Americans – there’s a free option, but if you chip in at least $20 you get some cool discounts and benefits from companies like Lyft. This is a potentially really powerful way to get the 18-35yo demographic heard more clearly in D.C.)