THIS RESOURCE IS A WORK-IN-PROGRESS.
This site was created in response to the January 2017 U.S. presidency, with the goals of preserving civil liberties and gaining progressive ground in the government through the 2018 mid-term elections and the 2020 presidential election.SOCIAL DEFENSE NETWORK is designed to:
- EDUCATE on U.S. politics;
- EMPOWER through direct action;
- ENVISION a plan for defending civil rights and personal liberties.
CHOOSE A CAUSE TO SUPPORT
OUR CURRENT FOCUSES:
Increasing voter awareness, ensuring protection from voter intimidation, and changing abusive gerrymandering laws are crucial to putting power back into the hands of voters.
The role of “fake news” in the 2016 election cannot be understated, and the importance of reputable news sources, moving forward, is absolutely vital to democracy.
Identifying and supporting new candidates from the bottom up, in a targeted way, will be important during the 2018 midterm elections.
Collective use of privacy programs allows the tools to be normalized into society, thus helping those who may really need it. A number of “levels” can be found.
THE 2018 MIDTERM ELECTIONS ARE IMPORTANT.
It is crucial that Democratic and Progressive voters are mobilized for the 2018 election. (via Washington Post)
Generally speaking, midterm elections have a lower turnout than presidential elections. The 2014 election marked a 72-year low when only 36.4% of eligible voters showed up to cast ballots. The last time voter turnout was that low was in 1942. Even though the turnout is typically smaller, these elections have political value. Congress decides which laws get passed and which do not, thereby influencing our day-to-day lives immensely.
If 2018 is a repeat of 2016—that is, if all Trump states elect Republican senators and all Clinton states elect Democratic ones—Republicans will gain nine seats, giving them a total of 61 (or 60 in the event of a Louisiana surprise), a supermajority sufficient to stop a filibuster, assuming filibusters still exist.
To be sure, that’s a big if. For the past quarter-century, the president’s party has tended to do poorly in midterm elections, losing Senate seats in 1994, 2006, 2010 and 2014 and gaining them only in 2002 (1998 was a wash). But it is equally true that the Democratic Party has done poorly in midterms, gaining seats only in 2006.
TRACK CONGRESSIONAL BILLS VIA:
TIPS ON COMMUNICATING
— Learn how to effectively communicate with a Congressperson.
— Learn how to lobby your legislator.
— Contact members of Congress and staff.
— Tips for contacting and scripts for e-mailing.
— How to talk to loved ones about the presidency.
— Keep yourself safe as a protestor.
— Know your rights when dealing with police searches.
— Become a legal observer.
— Use social media in protest movements (.DOC).
— New Tactics
Browse an online resource to filter by type of tactical goal, type of resource, human rights issue or keywords.
— Political Research Associates ResourcesSince 1981, Political Research Associates (PRA) has produced investigative research and analysis on the U.S. Right to support social justice advocates and defend human rights. Well aware that organizers on the ground often encounter threats and intimidation from the Right Wing, we have compiled a variety of resources from our staff researchers and allies.
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