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[personal profile] redsixwing
<10 minutes depending on phone wait times
Phone call

A bill has been introduced to end membership of the United States in the United Nations.

Do you like the UN? Do you like the US being part of the UN? Do you like the US having an influence on the UN?

If so: please, call your House representatives and raise an unholy fuss encourage them to vote against HR 193.
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- United States activism
- internet connection
<5 minutes

For call option:
<10 minutes
Phone conversation

Petition at

1600 species are covered by the Endangered Species Act. Fewer than 70 have ever been delisted, but that doesn't actually mean failure - that means some species are under enough pressure to be considered "conservation-dependent." If we do not work to keep them alive, they will become extinct. They're still here, and that means success.

Republicans oppose the law because it limits drilling and logging.

If you're feeling ambitious, call your representative as well and tell them you don't support this.
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[personal profile] redsixwing
Link: Democratic Underground
Location (if relevant): USA (entire)
Deadline: December 19th is the vote, so ASAP is better.
Time estimate: <5 minutes
Requirements: phones / possible interaction

Originally posted December 13th.

In a live Facebook session yesterday, a couple of the Hamilton Electors said that at this point what's needed aren't more letters and emails to the electors.

They recommend instead:
(1) Contact your representatives and governors to ask that they demand that the electors be debriefed on the CIA information on Russian interference prior to Dec. 19, and to delay the electoral vote if that's not possible, given the time-frame;
(2) Contact the U.S. Attorney General and ask that the Electoral College vote be postponed until a full investigation of Russian interference and the Trump campaign's potential coordination with Russia is complete. You can reach the Attorney General's office at 202-514-2000 (Comment 4)
Please cut and paste to share this, and let's flood the office with calls. You can call non business hours and leave voice message.

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[personal profile] davidgillon
Location: UK
Deadline: 17th Feb 2017
Time estimate: 2 hours?

The Green Paper on Work and Health will form the core of future government policy towards disabled people and those in ill-health, especially those of us unable to work. As you might imagine from a Green Paper that brings together Jeremy 'Privatise the NHS' Hunt's Department of Health and Damien 'IDS Mk II' Green's Department of Work and Pensions, it is more than a little problematical, starting from the whole idea that to be healthy you need to be in work. Other highlights including extending conditionality to the ESA Support Group, i.e. forcing those furthest from the labour market, including people with terminal illnesses, to engage in 'work related activity' or potentially face sanctions.

There is a government consultation on the Green Paper, with responses required by 11:45pm (!?!) on 17th February 2017.

Details of the Green Paper, in multiple formats, including signed, spoken word and Easy Read, with Braille available on request, can be found here, with details on the consultation available here.  However, it appears it is only possible to respond to the consultation online and the only available format it is presented in is written English/HTML, which really is a particularly poor example to set.

If you intend responding I would suggest copying the questions into a Word, or similar, document and preparing your answers offline, then cutting and pasting them into the web-form when done.

Catherine Hale has some good thoughts on the implications of the Green Paper when viewed from the perspective of our human rights as disabled people: A Rights Based Response.
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[personal profile] davidgillon
Location: UK
Deadline: 9th Jan 2017
Time estimate: ~1 hr?

The Crown Prosecution Service are holding a consultation on their updated Disability Hate Crime Policy. Responses are due by midnight on 9th January 2017.

You can find the policy, in multiple formats, including signed, Easy Read and spoken work, and how to respond, on their website at this link.
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[personal profile] sathari
Link: petition
Location (if relevant): N/A
Deadline: probably ASAP
Time estimate: ~1min
Requirements: N/a
Anything else: You can also call and email the Department of Justice: 202-353-1555 and respectively, as well as ETA: per comments, this may be the wrong place; your own Congressbeings and those of the states mentioned here: Florida, Wisconsin (which is apparently already conducting an internal audit, whether as part of their election SOP or otherwise), Pennsylvania, and Michigan.

(Also posting to [community profile] thisfinecrew .)

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[personal profile] nanila
Link: WriteToThem
Location (if relevant): UK-only
Deadline: none
Time estimate: 5 minutes, thanks to [personal profile] kaberett's provision of the WriteToThem link!
Requirements: mental / personal information
Anything else: h/t to [personal profile] cesy

(I've adapted the text below from [personal profile] cesy's entry.)

This action is to express support for vulnerable refugees entering the UK. For unaccompanied children, particularly those coming from Calais, the Home Office/central government has responsibility. However, for adults and families who are being relocated, the next action is on local councils rather than central government. MPs are used to being flooded with petitions and form e-mails. Local councillors are not as, so an email has a much bigger impact.

Suggested action: (Now even easier thanks to [personal profile] kaberett.) Use the handy WriteToThem link above and enter your postcode. This should provide you with the identities of your district and county councillors. Clicking on a name should link you to a form which sends them an e-mail. Send them something like this:

"I'm a local resident, and I'd like to understand what our council is doing to welcome Syrian refugees. I would like us to welcome more refugees to our local area. What are we doing to implement the Government's resettlement scheme, and what local charities are involved? Thank you." Don't forget to include your name and address/postcode so they can verify you're a local resident.
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[personal profile] randomling
Link: Sign the petition
Deadline: 17 May 2017
Time estimate: 2 mins
Requirements: personal information (name, email address, country, postcode)
Anything else: Restricted to UK citizens and residents

As a result of being investigated by a United Nations committee for not fulfilling the terms of the UNCRPD, the government have been found guilty of grave & systematic violations of the rights of disabled people as a direct result of austerity policies introduced into welfare & social care.

(Sorry for the brief stub post, I accidentally posted before I was ready somehow...)
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[personal profile] randomling
If cuts to Universal credit go ahead, hard-working families will be left struggling to pay for things like school shoes and the weekly shop. The fact these cuts will hit hardest for families who want to work more hours just doesn't make sense.

No one should be left out of pocket because they want to work more. Will you please use the Autumn Statement to reverse plans to cut support for hard-working families?

There's an option to donate after you sign.

Link: Sign this petition
Time estimate: 2 mins
Required: personal information (name, email address, postcode), money (optional), decision-making (optional: how much to donate)
Restriction: UK only (probably; UK-specific issue, and it asks for a postcode, I haven't checked whether it rejects a non-UK postcode)
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[personal profile] cesy
Link: Avaaz,, 38 Degrees, UK Parliament, White House
Location (if relevant): Online
Deadline: None
Time estimate: 15 minutes
Requirements: mental / social / personal information
Anything else:

Join one of the major petition/activism sites, so that it remembers your details for future petitions, lowering the barrier to signing things. Tick the marketing boxes to say if you want them to send you other petitions you may be interested in based on things you've already signed. It makes finding and signing future petitions easier, and you'll get notified of big/important things.
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[personal profile] redsixwing
Found on Tumblr.

Time requirement: <5 minutes
Spoons requirement: phones (no conversation or socialization required!)

For the millions of you that will lose your insurance if Obamacare is repealed please call Paul Ryan. It took me about two minutes, most of that waiting patiently for the recording to end.

Paul Ryan is conducting a phone poll on the ACA (Obamacare), hoping to hear overwhelming popular opposition to it. If you would like to express your support for the Affordable Care Act, call (202) 225-3031. Press 2 to weigh in on the issue. You’ll hear a brief recording about HR-3762, Paul Ryan’s proposal to gut the ACA, and President Obama’s use of his veto power to stop it. Then, you will have a chance to indicate your opinion with the press of a button.

Press 1 if you support Obamacare, 2 if you oppose it.

There is also an option after making your choice to leave a voicemail for Speaker Ryan, which I did, and recommend doing, but is obviously not required.

The voicemail inbox is full, but I did this. Took four tries to get through as apparently people are interested in this. :)
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[personal profile] redsixwing
Requires: phone, social activity spoons.
Time period required: short (but possibly repeated)

Transcribed from something I saw on Tumblr.

"I just called the House Oversight Committe (202-225-5074) to support the call for a bipartisan review of Trump's financials and apparent conflicts of interest. It took me two minutes, and the woman on the phone said that they are absolutely tallying calls - the more they get, the more likely the Committee is to demand ALL of Trump's financial information

She said that there's not much time left, as they are out of the office next week for Thanksgiving, and after that, they're going to make a decision."

I called the number this morning (repeatedly, as I kept getting a "this box is full" message and trying again a little later until I managed to leave a voicemail. I'll be calling again shortly to see if I can't get a live person on the phone.)

The phone number again is 202-225-5074.
The committee website is If you see anything else you want to hound someone about on that site, this is the place to do it.

Please be polite but firm to our civil servants.
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[personal profile] lilysea
Signal boosting a post by Melanie Gillman:
"Hey everyone! A couple things:

- In light of recent events (and inspired by Beyond), we've put PDF copies of The Other Side on sale for 50% off, with all proceeds going toward Trans Lifeline, a nonprofit that provides life-saving services for trans youth.

- Also, if you ARE a trans kid or teen, and if you're having a rough week and want to read some positive, lighthearted queer paranormal romance comics, email us. We'll send you a PDF. I mean it.

- And last, if you are a public or school librarian whose collection serves LGBTQ youth, we want to send you a copy. Especially if you don't have the budget for one. We have 10 copies set aside for this right now. Email us at

Thank you all -- you're in our hearts"

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[personal profile] randomling
(Still not 100% sure on template, so consider this experimenting with the format. Also, since this is a comm-promotion thing, I should probably point out that all these suggested-activities are of course optional, the point being to offer things you could do, not things you must or anything, and this one doubly so.)

So the more members we have, the more we can do, and the better we can distribute the work of running the community!

If you like, you could post to your journal or a relevant DW community promoting this comm. I'll drop some sample text below that you can use or modify as you desire, or of course feel free to just write your own. (I'm mostly offering sample text so that there's a super-low-spoons option for this action as well as the higher-spoons option of making your own words on the subject.)

Hi! I recently joined a community called [community profile] spoonlessactivists. We're a community of people with disabilities, caring responsibilities, busy lives and other reasons we don't have a lot of resources to devote to activism - but still want to do something to make the world a better place. We're still figuring out how to do that, and it'd be great to get more members to help build the community and develop our plans. Membership is open - if you want to make the world a better place and you're not high on spoons, you'd be very welcome to join us!

Link: Post to your journal
* mental spoons (optional)
* social spoons (for some; I think whether posting to your journal takes social spoons is probably variable?)
* other (this sort of thing can set off anxiety for me, might be the same for others)

Feel free to comment to add more form text for others to use (if anyone does I'll add them to the main post) or to give feedback on how this format looks to you.
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Sorry, no formal posting template has been sorted out yet!

Periods are annoying on a good day. But they are a whole lot more difficult to deal with when you don't have a home or a bathroom or funds for sanitary products. That's the reality for THOUSANDS of homeless women everyday. But there's something we can do to change that. Period.

Sanitary products are kind of difficult to come by. Homeless shelters do not always provide them and the few public bathrooms that offer them, do so at a price. We are calling on Procter & Gamble, the multinational consumer goods company that produces ‘Always’ sanitary pads and ‘Tampax’ tampons, to uphold their self-proclaimed 'responsibility charter' by changing this. Now. We want them to donate a small but REALLY important proportion of their sanitary products to homeless shelters across the United Kingdom: a programme that would benefit so many vulnerable people.

This is specifically lobbying for Procter & Gamble, who manufacture Always and Tampax, to donate a proportion of their sanitary products to homeless shelters in the UK. I think it's a great idea, and I think lobbying for corporations to do their bit in general is a good plan.

Link: Go here to sign the petition.
Time estimate: 2 mins
Needed: personal information (name, email, country, street address, post code; I haven't tested whether they let you leave any of this stuff out)
There is an option to donate to the campaign after you sign the petition (needed: money, decision-making)
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[personal profile] lizcommotion
My sister told me Sunday that she wants donations to Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, or the social justice organization of my choice for the holidays. (see: this list from Jezebel)

For the smol people in my life, I'm planning on gifting books with diverse characters (by diverse creators). resources on where to find diverse books

Consider also purchasing gifts from Black-owned businesses, and boycotting companies that do business with and/or back the Trump family.

It's a small thing, and won't cure everything, but for me it's doable. I have to do holiday shopping anyway, and I don't have oodles of spare cash floating around to make donations and buy holiday things and pay my own bills. (I figure excess credit card debt right now is probably just fueling the Trump train, so.)

This is a thing I can do.

My own holiday wish list includes some diverse books/media, and also donations. Possibly yarn for charity knitting? I doubt I can get my brother to break away from buying-from-Amazon, but perhaps other people in the family will.
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[personal profile] randomling
How about something like a one-activity-per-post system?

For example:
Suggested activity: Sign this petition / donate to this cause/fundraiser / submit an article(/story/poem/piece of art/wevs) to X submission call / attend X event / whatever

Possibly followed by the submitter filling in a short form, like:
Location: (for meatspace events)
Time estimate: (5 minutes, an evening, whatever) (Possibly we could have a classification system, something like: short, under 10 mins, medium, under an hour, long, under a day, very long, something that takes sustained effort over days or weeks?)
Deadline: (eg petitions and fundraisers are likely to have a closing date)
Does this require me to: leave the house?, spend money?, expend mental spoons (eg: writing something)?, expend social spoons (eg making a phone call, show up in a chatroom)?, make a decision (eg how much to donate)?, reveal personal information (eg petitions sometimes require full name and postal/zip code)?

Mods could then show up and tag submissions depending on the contents of the form or perhaps our own research if some questions are left unanswered. Maybe that could be a once-a-day thing? Then we'd have a nice searchable archive of things-to-do.

(For actions with a deadline, we could tag them "current" and "deadline" or something, and have a mod scroll through current+deadline things every now and then to take "current" off the ones that have expired.)

Brainstorming questions:
* Does this seem like a good idea?
* How would you modify it to work better?
* What other tags might we add to make the list more accessible?
* How to organise tag moderation so that tag-modding is also reasonably accessible?

Answer any, all or none - just saying hi is fine!
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[personal profile] randomling
Radio Free Monday over at [personal profile] copperbadge's place has a collection of things you might want to do, see or know.


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