Get Involved Guide
Citizens, below are links to resources compiled by ExpressYourselfBlog.com that can support you in taking civic action on trending Social and Political issues, general policies, and civic processes that impact you. The list will be updated routinely and will be derived from a diverse array of resources. We welcome any links you may have found to be helpful in taking action on issues that matter to you. Note: ExpressYourselfBlog.com has no affiliation with any of the organizations identified in the list offered. Informational only.
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ExpressYourselfBlog’s ‘Now Get Involved’ post-ExpressYourselfBlog’s original series of ‘Rulemaking’ regulatory post, identified by Creator, and extracted from the Regulations.gov website for citizen’s review and comment on the federal decision-making process. In addition, offer a post on social and political events, such as peaceful protests, petitions, or legislative changes for additional opportunities to #NowGetInvolved.
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PETITION TO RENAME EDMUND PETTUS BRIDGE, CREATED JULY 23, 2020
The John Lewis Bridge Project is a Petition to rename the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge (Wikipedia) after the Civil Rights leader, John Lewis. Sadly, Congressman Lewis died on July 17, 2020. ‘The John Lewis Bridge Project‘ founded by Michael Starr Hopkins, was in motion prior to Lewis’ passing. The project messaging for the petition states in part, ‘It’s far past time to rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge after Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights icon that nearly gave his life on that bridge’. View the Project’s ‘History of The Edmund Pettus Bridge’.
UPDATE: April 6, 2022-Excerpt | Associated Press-The Alabama Senate voted 23-3 for legislation that would change the official name to the “Edmund W. Pettus-Foot Soldiers Bridge.” However, the lettering on the famous bridge would remain unaltered. The name “Foot Soldiers” would be on a separate sign that would include a silhouette of the marchers.
Read More at NBCNews.com
RESPONSE TO GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA, CREATED JUNE 12, 2016
Ban the AR-15 from Civilian Ownership From the page of ‘We The People’: Guns in America is a complicated issue for many reasons. However, the AR-15 is the weapon of choice for Domestic Terrorists and others who wish to kill and harm people quickly and efficiently. It serves no other purpose other than to accomplish this. Banning this gun will show that we can act on this issue. It will have symbolic weight while also making one small step forward in dealing with this epidemic.
UPDATE: Unfortunately this petition is no longer available to view as it was created via, ‘We The People’ petitions page which was phased out during the Trump Administration. No current confirmations as to how prior petitions have been archived or viewed.
ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES TO ‘GET INVOLVED’
Regulations-What’s Trending A direct link to ongoing ‘Trending Topics’ up for review at Regulations.gov that offers citizens an opportunity to participate in the federal rulemaking process by commenting on proposed rules.
We The People A platform that empowers the American public to take this action like never before – it’s a way for anybody, anywhere, to speak directly to the government and become an agent for change. A page link within Whitehouse.gov, an official site of the ‘White House’. The Process: Easily create a petition online, share it, and collect signatures. If you gather 100,000 signatures in 30 days, we’ll review your petition, make sure it gets in front of the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response.
UPDATE: Unfortunately the opportunity for everyday citizens to submit a petition via the White House for review and consideration as a Bill, is no longer available. It was removed during the Trump Administration. The links will still direct you to the official White House website.
CHANGE.org-Create Online Petitions People and organizations around the world, start petitions for free.
OBAMA Foundation-Your Voice The Obama Foundation is a living, working start-up for citizenship — an ongoing project for us to shape, together, what it means to be a good citizen in the 21st century. The Foundation is based on the South Side of Chicago, and we will have projects all over the city, the country, and the world.
Contact Your Government Officials: Find General Information and Voting Records of Your Local, State, or National Candidates and/or Elected Officials, and Compare Issues That Impact You.
USA.gov Scroll down to ‘Government Officials’. Chose your area of interest and input state to find any of your local, state, or national representatives.
Quick Links to ‘Congress’: Congress writes national legislation by dividing work into separate committees, that are split into two chambers. The House of Representatives represents the people directly, and the Senate represents the State. This legislative body has a significant impact on citizens’ day-to-day lives. A statute enacted by the United States Congress is referred to as an ‘Act of Congress’.
Votesmart.org Independent resource for information on candidates and government officials.
Source Links: USA.gov, Regulations.gov, Senate.gov, House.gov, Votesmart.org, Petitions.whitehouse.gov, ObamaFoundation.org, Change.org, Resist.bot.io.
Page created by ExpressYourselfBlog Founder. Established on October 8, 2015. Updates are made periodically that may include additional Petitions and other information that may be of public interest.