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Illinois Policy - learn who represents you
From the website: "Illinois Policy is an independent organization generating public policy solutions aimed at promoting personal freedom and prosperity in Illinois." Use the "find your rep" feature to determine who your local representatives are.

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IndivisableGuide - Actions that resist new US administration
This is a guide and website created by volunteers n their free time "to help the real leaders on the ground who are resisting Trump’s agenda on their home turf." These volunteers "hope readers will take this document and use it however they see fit."

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Learn to evaluate what you are reading - article/graphic
This article looks at the wide range of media available to the public and rates them as left (liberal) or right (conservative) or in the middle. Useful tool to understand the bias present in what you are reading.

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Making the Case for Impeachment of Potus45
This web site has three sections. One is a list of impeachable offenses. The second includes a list of criminal activity within the Potus45 administration and family. The third includes motivational and informational videos. Use this site to do your own research.

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More Recommended Reading - list on Drop box
I started building a list of articles about the 45th President of the US and root causes of racism, poverty and inequality. Take a look.

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New Wiki Page - Advocacy By and For Community
This blog article, and the wiki that it points to, includes links to many web sites that focus on the three sectors of democracy, political, market place and civil society. Hosted by Brian G. Dowling.

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NextGen America - a broader plan of resistance
From the web site: "Since 2013, we’ve worked to prevent damage to our climate by transitioning to a clean energy economy based on equality, inclusion, and a shared and sustainable prosperity. Now, the values that drive our work on climate are under increased and unprecedented attack. We’re proud to step up the fight for immigrant rights, affordable health care, and core American values — as NextGen America."

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PolicyEd - seeks to provide information about public policy
From the web site: This Initiative at the Stanford University Hoover Institute is "Seeking to become the foremost source of policy knowledge, wisdom, and insights educating Americans in Public Policy. The initiative seeks to:

* Equip Americans with accurate facts and information, as well as a discerning analytical perspective, so they can better perform their civic duties, hold their elected leaders accountable, and “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”

* Provide political leaders with reliable knowledge and analysis—tools with which they might assess alternatives in the shaping and execution of public policy."

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Poor People's Campaign
From the web site: "The Poor People's Campaign is a national call (started in 2016) for a moral revival to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation, and the nation's distorted morality."

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Postcards for America - helps people write to reps
From the website: "Postcards for America gives you PC2As (Postcarders Calls to Action) on key bills, topics and issues so you have all the info you need to write your Reps about your concerns."

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Progressive Political Agenda - 2019
This article includes a list of issues that frame a "progressive and popular agenda that speaks to the real needs of working people."

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Public Citizen - champions the public interest in the halls of power
From the website: "Public Citizen is a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization that champions the public interest in the halls of power. We defend democracy, resist corporate power and work to ensure that government works for the people – not for big corporations. Founded in 1971, we now have 500,000 members and supporters throughout the country.

We don’t participate in partisan political activities or endorse any candidates for elected office. We take no government or corporate money, which enables us to remain fiercely independent and call out bad actors – no matter who they are or how much power and money they have.

We use every tool at our disposal to take on big fights – and win . We mobilize activists to grow democratic movements, watchdog Congress, sue the government when it fails to do its job, petition regulatory agencies to safeguard the public and engage in cutting-edge research that effects change."

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Responsible Budget Coalition - Illinois
From the web site: "The Responsible Budget Coalition (RBC) is a large and diverse coalition of more than 300 organizations concerned about state budget and tax issues. It includes organizations that serve children, families, veterans, seniors and people with disabilities; education groups concerned about early learning, K-12 and higher education; labor unions; faith-based and civic organizations; immigrant and refugee families; and many others.

We are a non-partisan, trusted source of information on state budget and tax policy and a leader in the fight to pass a budget that chooses revenue over cuts to vital services."

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SwingLeft.org helps identify swing districts for 2018 and 2020 election
From the web site: "Swing Districts are places where the winner of the last House of Representatives election was determined by a thin margin. Swing Left helps you find and commit to supporting progressives in your closest Swing District so that you can help ensure we take back the House in 2018 and the Senate in 2020." If you're concerned about ultra-conservative dominance of state and federal government, you need to get involved and help elect progressive representatives in swing districts near you.

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Ten Things Technology Platforms can do to Safegard 2020 Elections
This article was authored by many with impressive technology company credentials. It includes "10 ideas that the platforms could enact now (Jan 2020) to mitigate damage and the flow of disinformation — without censoring organic content or reversing their current policy of not fact checking political ads. In our collective experience, these recommendations are doable, noncontroversial, and could have meaningful impact."

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The Movement Action Plan: A Strategic Framework Describing The Eight Stages of Successful Social Movements
This article was written by Bill Moyers in 1987 and describes an 8 stage strategy to guide social movement growth and ultimate success. The steps remain as relevant today as they were then, although the tools have dramatically changed.

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The Other 98 - Movement Building To Take Back America
From the web site: "The mission of Other 98% is simple but bold: to be a storytelling force that stirs people to action. We challenge the stranglehold of corporate power by creating our own educational tools and crafting our own narrative, one that sparks the cultural shift we need to build new systems for a healthy and vibrant new world."

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The Weekly Lists - documents US movement toward authoritarianism
From the web site: "On a weekly basis, the List tracks specific news stories representing eroding norms under the current regime. Taken together, they reveal a nation pushed towards authoritarianism, the wielding of unchecked governmental authority by one person or group at the expense of the freedom of those who oppose them."

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The Whole Story - Solutions Journalism
From the web site: "The Solutions Journalism Network is a nonprofit organization with the mission to spread the practice of solutions journalism: rigorous, credible reporting on responses to social problems. We’re working to improve news media, enabling journalists to promote civic discourse and participation by providing more complete coverage of who’s doing things better (& how). Learn more at solutionsjournalism.org. #TheWholeStory"

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Too many overlapping units of gov't in Illinois - blog
The actual title is In local government, sometimes less is more. The article provides an analysis of some of the overlapping units of local government in the Chicago area and is posted on the Transform Illinois website.

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What is the Freedom Dividend proposed by Andrew Yang?
The Freedom Dividend, proposed by 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang is "a universal basic income for all American adults, no strings attached." This campaign web site provided detailed description of the program.

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Why Illinois is in Trouble - 63,000 high paid public officials - article
This 2017 Forbes article is titled Why Illinois Is In Trouble - 63,000 Public Employees With $100,000+ Salaries Cost Taxpayers $10B

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Advance Illinois Promotes Public Education
From the web site: "Advance Illinois is equity-driven, student-centered, data-focused and connected to community and educators. We identify, design, advocate for and help to implement policies that are grounded in nationally recognized best practices and then tailored to the needs of students in Illinois." The web site is full of great resources to help citizens better understand and debate the issues relating to public education in Illinois.

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All on the Line - redistricting in 2021
From the web site: Whether you care about providing access to affordable health care, reducing the gun violence that plagues our schools and communities, protecting voting rights, achieving equal pay, or solving the urgent threat of climate change, there is a fundamental structural barrier that prevents progress: rigged electoral maps drawn with surgical precision by politicians to preserve their party’s political power and silence the will of the people."

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AllSides - look at news from all sides
From the web site: "Unlike regular news services, AllSides exposes bias and provides multiple angles on the same story so you can quickly get the full picture, not just one slant." Browse the site and form your own opinion.

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