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[personal profile] cesy
Link: Depends on party
Location: Anywhere in the world if you're a UK citizen
Deadline: Varies, but there will be some this autumn
Time estimate: 15 minutes
Requirements: money / mental / personal information / decision-making
Anything else: It may be a while until the next general election, but local elections can make a difference to people's lives. Joining an imperfect party and campaigning for change from within is usually easier and more effective than starting a new party from scratch or trying to get an independent elected. Being a member for a few months before the election gives you opportunities to help influence things when it comes, whether that's by voting within the party for a particular person to be the party candidate for your area, putting forward or voting on topics for policy discussions and campaigns, or by getting information about ways to volunteer and increase voter turnout.
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[personal profile] randomling
Here is the stuff that's active from the past few weeks of activity! I've included a link to each post, plus direct links where possible.

General
Promote [community profile] spoonlessactivists! * post
Holiday gift activism (seasonal, but could be replicated for birthdays!) * post
Sign up to petition site(s) * post

Fundraisers
Donate to the Russian LGBT Network * post * direct link
Weezie's Medical Fees * post direct link
Help Corey Resist Homelessness * post * direct link
Emergency in Chechnya * post * direct link
Help Perseus move from sexually & emotionally abusive home * post * direct link

Petitions - General
Audit the election results * post * direct link (NB: this is a US-specific topic, but it's on change.org with no restriction on location)
Stop cuts to Universal Credit * post * direct link (NB: UK-specific topic, but this one's on 38 Degrees)
Close the Gay Torture Camps * post * direct link
Chechnya: Stop Abducting and Killing Gay Men (Amnesty International) * post * direct link

Petitions - UK
General note: all petitions on the UK parliament website are now closing on 3 May because of the general election on 8 June
Put the final Brexit deal to a referendum * post * direct link (deadline 3 May)
Introduce Universal Basic Income in the UK * post * direct link (deadline 3 May)
Force the government to act on the eleven recommendations of the UNCRPD report * post * direct link (deadline 3 May)
Exempt Non-EU NHS professionals from £35,000 salary threshold * post * direct link (deadline 3 May)
Publicly confirm that gay men from Chechnya can seek asylum in the UK * post * direct link (deadline 3 May)
Scrap the "rape clause" and the "family cap" on social security payments * post * direct link (deadline 3 May)

Petitions - US
Tell the House GOP not to repeal the Endangered Species Act * post * direct link

Surveys - General
Donald Trump Media vs President Survey * post * direct link (US-related topic, but no location restriction)

Call Your Reps! - UK
Action for refugees * post

Call Your Reps! - US
Raise a Stink about HR 193 * post
Ask the House Oversight Committee to Audit Trump's Finances * post

Resources - General
How to call your rep when you have social anxiety * post * comic
How to protest if you're socially anxious * post * article
[personal profile] sasha_feather has some suggestions for what we can do as disabled people * post
[personal profile] davidgillon on using the UK disabled activist movement as a model for spoonless activists * post

Resources - UK
How to vote to stop the Tories * post * Facebook post * Google Doc

Resources - US
ACALLADAY newsletter * post * signup page
We're His Problem Now * post * Google Doc with call-your-rep resources

Pro-Diversity Art
Thes sale seems to be over, but The Other Side, a trans-themed comic anthology, is still available and looks pretty cool * post * anthology
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[personal profile] randomling
As the "rape clause" exemption cannot be delivered in a way that does not breach women's rights and undermine women's equality and safety, we call on the UK Government to repeal the "family cap" measures in the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016, including all of its exemptions.


Link: Sign the petition
Location: Restricted to British citizens and UK residents
Deadline: 3rd May 2017
Time estimate: <5 mins
Requirements: personal information: name, email address, country of residence, postcode
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[personal profile] randomling
The Chechen government is abducting and torturing gay men. This more than qualifies any gay Chechens for asylum in the UK: the Home Office should issue a statement to this effect so that Chechens fleeing the country know that they will be offered protection in the UK.


Link: Sign the petition
Location: Restricted to British citizens and UK residents
Deadline: 3rd May 2017
Time estimate: <5 mins
Requirements: personal information: name, email address, country of residence, postcode
Anything else: Another petition about the murder and torture of gay men in Chechnya, this one specifically relevant to offering them asylum in the UK.
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[personal profile] randomling
For those of us in the UK, here's a useful Facebook post on how to vote to stop the Tories.

The post also links to a handy Google spreadsheet that breaks it down by constituency.
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[personal profile] randomling
Since April 2016, Non-EU citizens wishing to remain permanently in the UK have been required to earn £35,000 a year on a single contracted salary. I find this rule discriminates unfairly against those who chose to work in the NHS, where such a salary is impossible within first 5 years of employment.


Link: Sign here
Location: Restricted to British citizens and UK residents
Deadline: 12 July 2017
Time estimate: <5 mins
Requirements: personal information: name, email address, country of residence, postcode
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[personal profile] randomling
Link: Here
Deadline: 5 October 2017
Time estimate: <5 mins
Requirements: personal information
Anything else: Restricted to British citizens and UK residents
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[personal profile] randomling
Link: here
Deadline: 23 September 2017
Time estimate: 2 mins
Requirements: personal information (name, email address, postcode)
Anything else: Restricted to British citizens and UK residents
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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] 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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