US Political Activism Made Point and Click Easy
Are you annoyed at the things your elected officials are doing?
Many Pagans in the United States seem to be, but few know how easy it has become to contact their elected officials on issues they consider important. On most major issues, some advocacy group or another has set up a web site where one can email or fax the appropriate officials by filling in a form with one's name and address and clicking a couple of buttons. No need to track down addresses, phone numbers, docket numbers, or the like.
Many of these groups will let you sign up to receive alerts when action is needed on an issue the group is interested in. There are a large number of such advocacy groups. The Cauldron's site staff list a few of their favorites below. However, you can find many more -- as well as lists of alerts issued by hundreds of groups by searching on Congress.org via the search box in the right column. For a overview of issues you consider important use the "Issue Area" drop drown in the Congress.org box in the right column. Congress.org is a great place to find advocacy groups with your political slant as well as information on how your elected officials voted on major bills.
|Selected Advocacy Groups
A Few Advocacy Groups Pagans Might Like
|Important Note: Posting information on an advocacy group here does not imply that The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum or its Hosts and staff necessarily support the group or the group's positions, just that they believe many Pagans may find it of possible interest.
- American Civil Liberties Union
- "Since our founding in 1920, the nonprofit, nonpartisan ACLU has grown from a roomful of civil liberties activists to an organization of nearly 400,000 members and supporters, with offices in almost every state. The ACLU has also maintained, since its founding, the position that civil liberties must be respected, even in times of national emergency. In support of that position, the ACLU has appeared before the Supreme Court and other federal courts on numerous occasions, both as direct counsel and by filing amicus briefs."
- Americans United For Separation of Church and State
- "Speaks Out through the media, public forums, debates, lectures, and other avenues in defense of religious diversity and church-state separation. Defends separation of church and state in the federal and state courts, filing lawsuits and legal briefs in key cases. Advocates for separation of church and state in the U.S. Congress and state legislatures, working with lawmakers at all levels to help them understand the importance of respecting the separation of church and state."
- Common Cause
- "Common Cause was founded in 1970 as a movement propelled by the focused, concerted grassroots lobbying activities of Common Cause members and reinforced with professional lobbying on Capitol Hill. Common Cause works for open, accountable government and the right of all citizens to be involved in shaping public policies. We advocate campaign finance reform, citizen participation, and electoral reform."
- Electronic Frontier Foundation
- "The Electronic Frontier Foundation is a group of passionate people -- lawyers, volunteers, and visionaries — working in the trenches, battling to protect your rights and the rights of web surfers everywhere. Just as Patriots fought for liberty and freedom, we fight measures that threaten basic human rights. Only the dominion we defend is the vast wealth of digital information, innovation, and technology that resides online."
- Greenpeace USA
- "Greenpeace is the leading independent campaigning organization that uses non-violent direct action and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future."
- The Interfaith Alliance
- "The Interfaith Alliance is a non-partisan, clergy-led grassroots organization dedicated to promoting the positive, healing role of faith in civic life and challenging intolerance and extremism. On Capitol Hill, through community and online activism, and by focusing media coverage, we work to safeguard religious liberty, ensure civil rights, restore good government, strengthen the public education system, eradicate poverty, and champion a safe and clean environment. With over 150,000 members drawn from more than 65 faith traditions — and those with none at all — and local Alliances in 38 states, The Interfaith Alliance aims to encourage compassion, civility and mutual respect for human dignity in an increasingly diverse society."
- Natural Resources Defense Council
- "NRDC is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science, and the support of more than 1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things."
- People for the American Way
- "We're fighting to maintain and expand 50 years of legal and social justice progress that right-wing leaders are trying to dismantle. We won't let them turn back the clock on our rights and freedoms."