The familiar refrain is often, “What can I do?” often accompanied by some hand wringing about the state of our democracy. For starters, here are some remarkable resources.
Just remember: You can’t do everything. But you can do something. Put a stake in the ground and get to work:
Americans of Conscience Checklist
The AoC Checklist features clear, well-researched actions for Americans who value democracy, equality, voting, and respect. To stay engaged through challenging times, we practice gratitude, self-care, and celebration.
5 Calls is the easiest and most effective way for citizens to make an impact in national and local politics
Small Deeds Done (are better than great deeds planned)
So let’s break the work down! Let’s make it manageable. Small actions are not insignificant. A grand master plan means nothing unless someone (like you) takes the small steps that need to happen to make it a reality.
And that’s what Small Deeds is all about. It’s about each of us taking regular, small steps – that together lead to massive, crushing, world-bending change.
North Shore Indivisible is committed to helping citizens exercise their right to vote and make their voice heard. If you seek to help others register to vote, you may be eligible to become a deputy registrar. However, you must act right now. Training classes are forming and you must register at least 48 hours before the training date.
Register for voter registrar training here
To become a deputy registrar you must:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be registered to vote in your county of residence
- Complete a free training program in your county of residence
Training Schedule Spring 2018
LAKE COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY
- Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 6:00pm Lake County Central Permit Facility, 500 W. Winchester Rd., Libertyville
- Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 10:00am 10th Floor – County Building A, 18 N. County St., Waukegan
COOK COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY
- Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 10:00am Glencoe Union Church, 263 Park Ave., Glencoe
Registration at least 48 hours before training is required
Register for voter registrar training here
Write: The two chairs of the Senate Rules and Administration committee.
Chair: Sen. Richard Shelby
Ranking member: Sen. Amy Klobuchar
- Click the link for each Senator
- Fill out the necessary fields
- Topic is “other” or “not listed”
- Subject is: Support the bipartisan SAVE Act
- Copy and paste the message:
Dear Senator, I support the bipartisan SAVE Act introduced by Martin Heinrich and Susan Collins. With 21 state elections databases targeted last year, I trust the R&A committee will address the safety of our national voting systems by considering safer, hack-resistant paper ballots. Please do all you can to help S. 2035 proceed. Thank you.
NOTE: The links in the above message will not post into the email, but are included for background information for our readers.
Calls Week of November 6
Before you make those calls: Read our Blog post on being an efficient caller.
Representative Schneider and Senators Duckworth and Durbin this week:
Tell Representative Schneider*:
- Advocate for the economic rights of our poorest neighbors
- Advocate for poor Americans who make less than $18,600 per year and for middle class families who stand to lose tax benefits
- Thank Representative Schneider for speaking out on this issue in his statement.
Tell your Representative and Senators*:
Tell your Senators*:
- Support a clean DREAM act
- Thank Senator Durbin for Co-sponsoring the bill.
- Urge Senator Duckworth to become a co-sponsor.
- Oppose the nomination of Thomas Farr to a lifetime appointment to the US District Court
- Hundreds of civil rights groups oppose him because of his demonstrated opposition to voting rights, workers’ rights, and civil rights. This appointment is dangerous for democracy.
- Urge Senators Duckworth and Durbin to vote “No” on this nomination
*Q: Why do I tell my Representative and Senators different lists of issues? Why don’t I read them all the same script?
A: Because certain responsibilities originate in the House of Representative (tax bills start there) and other responsibilities originate in the Senate (confirmations of appointees).
Continue reading “Legislator Calls: November 6, 2017”
Join Traci Fine and other NSI and Swing Left volunteers as they canvass our Swing District as part of Swing Left’s Summer Canvassing Challenge!
This summer, Swing Left* volunteers across the country will be canvassing their target Swing Districts to talk to voters, identify supporters, and ask them to commit to vote in 2018.
- If you have never been canvassing before, this is an easy way to get started!
- You don’t have to talk about a specific issue or politics.
- These friendly conversations asking people to vote in 2018 lets them know how important voting is.
- These kinds of “commitment” conversations are powerful, and have been shown to increase turnout up to 20%.
- Plus Canvassing is a fun outdoor activity, a way to meet neighbors, spend time outdoors, and get some exercise at the same time!
For more information, visit the events listed on our calendar, or RSVP here.
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