It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.
When it comes to standing up, being heard and making a difference, you need to know the right people.
More specifically, you need to know how to reach the right people.
For example, who do you contact when:
- A new government regulation is hurting your small business?
- A standardized test is keeping your child from moving on to the next grade?
- A live television show broadcasts obscene material?
- Your house of worship is under fire for taking a stand on a social issue?
- Government lobbyists are fighting against legislation that would benefit your community?
- An inappropriate movie trailer is shown before a children’s movie?
My sister site, Real People Activism, has created a list of contact resources for several social, community and government issues. Please click the blue linked text below for more information.
- Find out who runs the various public education groups in your state
- Learn about U.S. education policy and your rights as a parent
- Get support and resources for home schooling
- Get involved with or against the education reform movement
- Find a charter school
- Get contacts for private education organizations such as faith-based schools, Montessori programs, independent schools and other groups
- Explore various research studies and recommendations about education policies and practices
- Get parent-friendly reviews on today’s television programs, movies, music, video games, books and computer apps
- File a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission about obscenity, vulgarity or profanity on public airwaves
- Learn what the ratings systems are all about – television shows, movies, video games and recordings
- Respond to inappropriate or misleading advertisements
- Find a national organization that advocates for your particular faith
- Find legal representation for violations of religious liberty and other Constitutional freedoms
- Learn about religious rights within the public schools
- Find out who represents you in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives
- See politicians’ voting records
- Research proposed legislation
- Identify what groups are lobbying on particular issues
- Follow the money from various political action committees (PACs) and lobbyists
- File a Freedom of Information Act request to get government documents and other information
- See nonpartisan evaluations of government programs and policies
- Identify the political leanings of various U.S. media outlets
- Learn about journalists’ code of ethics and what you can do when they are violated
- Strip away both liberal and conservative media bias with fact-checking organizations
- Examine the truthfulness of government officials’ statements with fact-checking organizations
These resources are a work-in-progress. Please feel free to let me know what others should be added.