Helpful Guides, Websites, and Blogs

ALEC exposed—American Legislative Exchange Council write model conservative legislation which is being adopted by many state legislatures.

Americans of Conscience Checklist–“The Americans of Conscience Checklist features clear, well-researched actions for Americans who value democracy, equality, voting, and respect. To stay engaged through challenging times, we practice gratitude, self-care, and celebration.” Sign up to receive a weekly email.

Arizona Legislative Alert–The AZ Legislative Alert is published weekly during the session to alert progressive, social justice advocates, to legislation that they may want to support or oppose. When the Legislature is not in session, it is published sporadically. You can sign up by sending an email to legislativeadvocacy@vuu.org. It is written and published by Anne L. Schneider, Ph.D., retired political science professor and former dean of ASU’s College of Public Programs.

Civic Engagement Beyond Voting–“Civic Engagement Beyond Voting is a small group of women working to empower Arizona’s citizens to exercise their voices at the state level.”  On their website you can subscribe to receive a weekly legislative update from Melinda Iyer.  You can also sign up for Request to Speak through their website.

Indivisible Guide: Making Congress Listen

Letters from an American–Blog of Heather Cox Richardson.  Insightful commentary from a political historian on the national political scene.

National Immigration Forum–Subscribe to Noorani’s Notes and/or Legislative Bulletin.

Request to Speak and Bill Status Inquiry— Check on the status of state bills and register your opinions.  The Request to Speak system is one of the most effective ways to communicate your views to our state legislators. Using this on-line system, you can indicate your support or opposition to bills under consideration by state legislative committees.  For more information on how to register for this application and how to use it, click here.

Resistbot is an easy and effective way to communicate with all your elected officials—federal as well as state, and with some agencies.  It will tell you the names of your representatives in Congress or in your state legislature.  It will turn your text into an email, fax, or postal letter, and deliver it to your representatives.  Resistbot will optionally submit the letter you write to your elected representatives to your local newspaper at the same time!  You can also set up Resistbot to send you alerts on various topics. To send messages to your legislators follow these steps: From your cell phone, send a text message to: 504-09.  Type “Resist” to begin.  If you want to contact a state legislator, enter “state” and you will be given state options, including the governor and your state senator and representative.  Click here for a guide to all of Resistbot’s options.

Save Our Schools Arizona –sign up to receive updates on critical issues facing Arizona public schools.