We launched this work-in-progress Action Guide because we felt like we needed a hub that would allow us to be productive and engaged around the critical issues facing our nation. Things are changing quickly and action requires organization. If you have resources to add, please hit us up in the comments. We are in this together—and we’d like to make this guide as comprehensive as possible!

 

Human Rights Action Guide: Publications and Journalism

Independent JournalismDescriptionLINK Independent ResourcesDescriptionLINK
Foreign Policy Comparison of the Obama administration's and the Trump administration's policies on immigration restrictions LINK How to talk to your loved ones about a Donald Trump presidencySo you love someone who voted for Donald Trump. What are you going to do now? LINK
NPRHas displayed both liberal and conservative bias; relatively nonbiasedLINK VoiceVoice is a tool that creates new understandings in social situations and facilitates action to improve the quality of human experience.URL
The AtlanticThroughout its 159-year history, The Atlantic has been reluctant to issue electoral stances. In 2016, it spoke out against Donald Trump.LINK The Sixty-FiveThe 65 has compiled a set of scripts for over a dozen issues in the progressive agenda. The demands in these scripts aren’t radically left-leaning. That’s intentional.LINK
The EconomistSkews leftLINK Paper RevolutionA collection of texts and resources should be seen as a starting point for understanding our current situation and how to begin to organize ourselves to act within in.LINK
The New York TimesRelatively nonbiasedLINK re:actA list of a few concrete things you can do to take action during the Trump presidency. Delivered via e-mail once a week.LINK
The Wall Street Journal What does President Trump's Travel Ban DoLINK Sleeping GiantsWorking to stop racist websites by stopping their ad dollars. Many companies don't even know it's happening. It's time to tell them.LINK
The Wall Street JournalHas displayed liberal bias; under Rupert Murdoch (a republican), relatively nonbiased.LINK FactCheck.orgA Project of The Annenberg Public Policy CenterLINK
The Washington PostSkews right; has a history of endorsing both R + D candidatesLINK How to Help if Someone Is Being HarassedAs incidents of racist, sexist and Islamophobic harassment continue in the wake of Donald Trump’s election, it's important to stand up for those who need it. LINK
Speak Up & Stay Safe(r)A guide to protecting yourself from online harassment.LINK
Seven Types of Self-CareFortunately, there are several pathways to self-care, and none of them need be difficult or take a lot of planning.LINK
White People: Educate YourselvesAny sense of comfort, of insulation from the horrors of America, is precisely what this syllabus is meant to disrupt.LINK
Thoughtful CitizenA Guide to Laws and Regulations Likely to Change Under the Trump Administration and What You Can Do About ItLINK
The Importance Of Self-CareToo busy to take care of yourself? These TED talks offer simple ways to stay healthy—both emotionally and physicallyLINK

 

Human Rights Action Guide: Donate

EntityDescriptionLINK
American Civil Liberties UnionThe ACLU is an organization working to defend the fundamental rights and liberties afforded Americans through the Constitution.LINK
American for Immigrant JusticeAI Justice works to protect and promote the basic human rights of immigrants through a unique combination of free direct services, impact litigation, policy reform, and public education at local, state, and national levels.LINK
Council on American-Islamic RelationsThe nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization.LINK
Funders for JusticeA national network of funders increasing resources to grassroots organizations addressing the intersection of racial justice, gender justice, community safety, and policing.LINK
International Refugee Assistance ProjectIRAP organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons. Mobilizing direct legal aid and systemic policy advocacy, IRAP serves the world’s most persecuted individuals and empowers the next generation of human rights leaders.LINK
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational FundThe Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund works as the legal defense of the Latina community, working to advocate, educate, and politically empower Latinas across the country. LINK
National Assoc. for the Advancement of Colored PeopleThe NAACP's mission is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.LINK
Neighborhood CentersThey connect low-income families and individuals to opportunity so they can achieve the life they’ve imagined.LINK
Planned ParenthoodThese health centers provide a wide range of safe, reliable health care — and the majority is preventive, primary care, which helps prevent unintended pregnancies through contraception, reduce the spread of sexually transmitted infections through testing and treatment, and screen for cervical and other cancers.LINK
Rape, Abuse + Incest National NetworkRAINN is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organizationLINK
Sacred Stone Legal Defense FundFunds raised on this page will only be used for the legal support for those involved in direct action to stop the pipeline. LINK
Southern Poverty Law CenterThey fight to wiin justice on behalf of those who have no other champion, expose and fight the hate that thrives in our country, and provide tolerance education materials free of charge to schools across our nation.LINK

 

Human Rights Action Guide: Take Action

Call Your RepresentativeScript or DirectionsLINK
Here's a sample script on the immigration ban:Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent of I’m calling because I’m concerned about President Donald Trump signing an executive order restricting immigration from Muslim majority countries and ending the Syrian refugee resettlement program. This executive order goes against our shared American values of religious tolerance, diversity, and nondiscrimination.

I’m calling to see if plans to publicly oppose Trump’s decision to sign this executive order?

[If there are any questions, reiterate your concerns.] Yes, please express to that Trump’s executive order doesn’t represent our values, and that I am asking him/her to take a principled, public stand against this kind of intolerance.

Thanks for your time.
Here's a sample script on our Civil Liberties/First Amendment:Hi, my name is ______, a constituent calling to ask to publicly denounce Donald Trump's direct attacks on the First Amendment. Specifically, the should denounce Trump's hostility toward the press and repeated threats to make a "database of Muslims."

A free press is essential to a free society; religious freedom is America's most essential value.

Please ask the to pressure the Trump transition team to observe traditon and allow journalists reasonable access to the White House and the President-Elect and to stop attacking freedom of religion.
Here's a sample script on climate change:Hi, my name is ______, a constituent concerned about the President-Elect’s record of denying climate change.

I ask that the publicly condemn Trump’s threats to repeal the Clean Power Plan and withdraw from the Paris agreement.

I want the to refuse to compromise with the President-Elect if he appoints climate change deniers.
How to make your Congressman listen to you:ONE: Call a state or district office first.

TWO: Leave a voicemail. If voicemail is full, press ""0."" This will typically connect you to a receptionist who may be able to take your message or transfer you to a voicemail that isn't full.

THREE: Call the national office, if you can't get through. Or to see if you can get a real person.

FOUR: Be prepared to give your name and your location. You can refer to yourself as a constituent, as per the script, and they might not ask.

FIVE: Note that the operator is likely using some kind of form to mark your call, the goal is to generate a high volume of calls that require the operator to check off individual boxes. That means it’s critical to name your issues specifically and not just say something like "oppose Trump."
How to make your Congressman listen to you:A series of viral tweets by former Congressional staff member Emily Ellsworth offered advice on how to get your representative to take notice and hear you out.LINK
Who represents you? Who Represents Me provides information about current districts and members of the Texas Senate, Texas House of Representatives, the Texas delegation to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and the State Board of Education.LINK
Immigration restrictions and representative opinions LINK
Call your senators and representatives in CongressHere's an easy script and list of TX senators, and your representative.LINK

 


Human Rights Action Guide: Take Action > Run for Office

WellstoneA progressive resource to take part in any part of the political process by organizing your community using tools and technology.LINK
She Should RunIncubator providing thoughtful guidance and support to women and girls considering a future run for office.LINK
Vote Run LeadWorkshops and training supporting the aspirations of women to transform our country and democracy through participation as leaders.LINK
Running StartEducating young women and girls about the significance of political participation through programs, fellowships, and summits.LINK
IgniteEncouraging young women and girls with messages which convey and compel political motivation and to declare ambition.LINK
Victory InstituteBuilding, supporting, and advancing a diverse network of LGBT public leaders through education and professional development programs.LINK
New American LeadersMovement for an inclusive democracy by encouraging first and second generation Americans to run for office.LINK
Veterans CampaignEncouraging, mentoring and preparing veterans for a "Second Service" in civic leadership.LINK
New Politics Leadership AcademyDedicating career training, fellowships, networking events and mentorship programs to encourage service veterans to engage with policy and politics.LINK
Run For SomethingPlatform for the progressive younger generation to run, focusing on lessor known offices such as state legislatures, mayorships, city council seats.LINK
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