What’s Next

So. The 2016 election happened. Many of my friends and I are understandably concerned about the future. But more than anything we want concrete actions we can take to improve things (versus say, writing blog posts about it).

I’d love suggestions. Truly. I want to feel useful. But here is what I have come up with so far:

  • Attend protests. I’m not much of a protests-can-change-the-world person. But I think they are useful for keeping opposition visible and engaged. If anyone knows a good source for tracking protests in the Boston area, let me know.
  • Donate. More on this in a bit.
  • Host fundraisers. Very similar to donating, but you get a multiplier effect for your money.
  • Volunteer for any organization you would otherwise donate to.

Now, three of those four options involve finding an organization to support. The trick is which ones. Here are mine. They’re all political rather than humanitarian, because I’m focusing on long term corrections.

ACLU. Many of the difficulties in the coming years will be around civil liberties. The ACLU has a strong track record here of doing good legal work.

National Popular Vote. This is an organization trying to fix the electoral college in quite a smart way. Basically they want to get enough states (worth 270 electoral votes) to pass a bill they’ve written that says “if enough states have passed this, we’ll all give all of our electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote.” Pretty clever. Eleven states worth 165 votes have already passed the bill (including MA). As a reminder, both the 2000 and 2016 presidential elections were won by candidates that did not win the popular vote.

Climate Hawks Vote. This PAC finds and funds congressional candidates that support strong climate change legislation.

MayDay.us. This PAC finds and funds congressional candidates that support campaign finance reform and anti-corruption measures.

Any other good options?

1 thought on “What’s Next”

  1. American Library Association – Librarians are the sometimes overlooked front-line troops against censorship and blacklists

    Electronic Frontier Foundation – think the ACLU’s nerdier little brother

    Datakind.org – Previously known as Data Without Borders. Pairing volunteer data scientists and software engineers with organizations that need to find and explain the problems. For example, with Stop and Frisk evaluations – https://mathbabe.org/2011/10/15/nyclu-stop-question-and-frisk-data/

    For those people (like myself) playing life on easy mode, looking for a minority-rights-specific group can help those who are staring down the barrel of a very, very unpleasant four years. I’m waiting to hear back from one of my Muslim friends on the subject, but PFLAG is a good example.

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