Showing posts from November, 2016

The Renewal Awards - Platform to Employment from Atlantic Re:think

The Renewal Awards - Platform to Employment from Atlantic Re:think on Vimeo.Platform to Employment educates job seekers and connects them with employment. It is a 2015 recipient of the Allstate Renewal Awards for solving community challenges.

President-Elect Trump: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Fast-forward to 18:25 or so for suggestions on what we can do.

Here's the list of organizations we can contribute to:
Planned ParenthoodCenter for Reproductive RightsNational Resources Defense CouncilInternational Refugee Assistance ProjectNAACP Legal Defense FundThe Trevor ProjectMALDEF

Emily Ellsworth: What you need to know before you call your member of congress!

What you need to know before you call your member of congress!Posted by Emily E Ellsworth on Monday, November 14, 2016
Emily's tweetstorm went viral, and it's absolutely worth the read:

I worked for Congress for 6 years, and here's what I learned about how they listen to constituents.— Emily Ellsworth (@editoremilye) November 12, 2016

President Obama: Protesters shouldn't be silent


From CMF: One Person’s Story of Becoming a Super-Citizen-Advocate

From the Congressional Management Foundation:
Bob O'Hara set out to enhance his skills as a citizen-advocate and see if what CMF proposed would really work in the real world.He called up the district office for his congressman and asked for a meeting with the district director. He was stunned that he got an instant "yes," and eventually had a 45-minute meeting with the legislator's senior staff in the district! In the last few years he's had many meetings in Massachusetts and Washington with delegation members and other NoLabels supporters. Each time the process is easy – call the office, set up a time, show up and make your pitch.Bob became an advocate for No Labels, but there's no reason we cannot adopt what he learned and use it ourselves.

Calling Congress - some common and important rules

I'm updating this information from sources across the web: please let me know if you have any suggestions to make the process easier and more impactful. Thanks!
Who to call:
For Federal issues, your Representative and your two Senators. Use the Common Cause "Find Your Elected Officials" tool to list your Federal and state legislators.For issue-specific calls, reach out to a national organization that shares your views: they do this for a living, so they're probably more effective in advocating on your behalf, and every little bit helps.
Know what you want to say. Jot down a quick draft if you need to: I find it helps. Answer these five questions:
Who are you?Where are you calling from?Why are you calling?What do you want your representative to do?When would be a good time to follow up?
Be nice. Have you ever picked up a phone, only to hear someone shouting at you? Did you want to keep talking to that person? No? Then don't be that person. Be nice and be polite. If yo…

This Is Not Normal

I first started writing in this blog to advocate for a cause that directly impacted me: long-term unemployment and the Great Recession.

Thanks to the Obama Administration, the economy has healed: if not completely, it has made significant steps. There are structural issues that have to be addressed, but now, a new crisis has arisen.

The incoming Trump Administration is already causing terrible harm to our nation, and my focus in this blog will shift to documenting efforts to work with political representatives and advocacy groups to prevent what damage we can.

Let's make something clear: this is not an "I'm against everything Trump stand for" screed. This *is* an "I'm against every un-American belief that Trump has leveraged in pursuit of his goals" screed.

Donald J. Trump has used xenophobia, misogyny, racism, Islamophobia, bigotry and other un-American beliefs to become President. The GOP has aided and abetted him, most directly through voter suppress…