CHILDREN

Action: Lift Children Out Of Poverty
Description: Tell Congress to stop program cuts and get rid of sequestration rules that prevent needed investments to lift children out of poverty. 

Action: Protect Children, Not Guns!
Description: Today, one child or teen will be shot by a gun every 30 minutes and a child will die every 3 hours and 15 minutes. Send a message to your Senators and Representative asking them to protect children, not guns. (If you or someone you know has been affected by gun violence, consider including a personal story.)

Action: Become An Advocate For Hungry Children
Description: Sign up to be an Advocate with Feed the Children.  As an advocate you will be alerted with new ways to help and any updates on legislation. In the fight to end hunger, kids need you to use your voice!

Action: Secure The Future By Ensuring All Children Have A Quality Education
Description: Today, over fifteen million children in rich America live in poverty. More than 20 percent of children under age five are poor, including more than 40% of Black children and 35% of Hispanic children. The best hope these children have of lifting themselves out of poverty is a quality education. Yet for far too long, the most vulnerable children in America have been denied this opportunity. Inequities in educational funding, resources and opportunities have placed poor and minority children in low-performing schools with inadequate facilities and ineffective teachers.  Tell your Members of Congress to secure the future by providing a quality education for every child. 

Action: Ask Your Member Of Congress To Visit A Food Bank
Description: The best way to help Congress understand the scope of hunger in the U.S. is by seeing it. By simply encouraging our representatives to visit food banks in their communities, we create a greater awareness of the epidemic that is child hunger!


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DISABILITY RIGHTS

Action: Ask Your Local News Station To Remind Viewers That Not All Disabilities Are Visible
Description: Every day, people with disabilities can and do make important contributions to America’s businesses. They have the requisite drive to succeed in employment, and the skills and talent necessary to deliver on the job.  The  Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) created the "WHO I AM" public service announcement to promote the idea that when we look at someone, we must see them for all that they are.

Action: End The Stigma Surrounding Mental Health
Description: Spread the word: Every day, millions of people face stigma related to mental health because they or their loved ones are facing a challenge. Many of these people feel isolated and alone, going years before receiving any help. Amplify the voices of all people who want to put an end to this stigma, creating a community where everyone feels comfortable reaching out for the support they deserve.

Action: Motivate Workers To Create A More Inclusive Workplace
Description: Whether you’re a CEO, employee, parent, child or friend, your commitment to advocate for the hiring of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) is invaluable.  Help spread the message by signing a pledge that states: "I see people with special needs as skilled and employable and #ImInToHire for an inclusive workplace."  By pledging your support, you are spreading awareness and recognizing the contributions that all of us can bring to an inclusive workplace.

Action: Give Disability Services Providers The Overtime Pay They Deserve
Description: Help disability services providers comply with the Department of Labor’s revision of the overtime exemption rule by supporting the Disability Community Act of 2016 (H.R. 5902), a bill that will provide a three-year, targeted and temporary funding bump to providers so that they can comply with new federal rules not funded under current fixed Medicaid rates.

Action: See The Person, Not The Illness
Description: Mental health matters to everyone. Individuals, companies, organizations and others can all take the pledge to learn more about mental illness, to see a person for who they are and take action on mental health issues. Take the pledge and raise awareness. 


Immigration 

Action: Stop Terrifying Pre-Dawn Immigration Raids
Description: Sign a petition asking the federal government to stop directing immigration agents to conduct raids during pre-dawn hours, forcibly removing terrified children and mothers from their homes.

Action: Ask To Make Your Home A Sanctuary City
Description: Sign a petition demanding Mayors across the U.S. to protect undocumented immigrants by declaring their city a sanctuary of safety! #HereToStay

Action: Treat Families With Dignity
Description: Let the Secretary of Homeland Security know that you believe that the Central American women and children being held in Berks County immigration detention center deserve to be safe from violence — not treated like criminals and deported without a fair hearing in court. Further demand that the Secretary of Homeland Security release these families from Berks and ensure that they receive fair hearings

Action: Make Your Campus A Safe Place For All
Description: Sign a petition (or several different petitions) demanding that universities declare themselves a “sanctuary campus,” reaffirming current admission and financial-aid policies regarding undocumented students, protecting student privacy by refusing to release information about citizenship status, and making it “clear that the university will use all legal and practical means at their disposal to protect all members of their community in the months and years to come.”  

Action: Demand Kindness 
Description: Sign a petition to be delivered to The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and all other federal officials demanding that they show leadership and kindness by accepting these refugees from Syria and elsewhere.

 


LGBTq community

Action: Ask Your Library To Carry Books That Deal Positively With Transgender People
Description: Libraries are an important source of information. Access to public libraries is free and open to everyone in the United States. According to the American Library Association, there are more than 117,000 libraries in this country, including 16,220 public libraries, and 62% of Americans have a library card. Therefore, it is important to have accurate and trans affirming books available when people seek them out.  Help the librarians in your community or at your school include books that are useful to our community by suggesting titles.

Action: Demand A Non-Discrimination Policy In Child Placement Services
Description: Sign a petition to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services demanding the issuance of a "non-discrimination mandate prohibiting child placement services that receive federal funding from discriminating against children, and adults on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.”

Action: Pledge to Spread the Message that IT GETS BETTER
Description: Take the pledge and get involved by helping spread the message of hope to LGBTQ youth: It Gets Better. The pledge states: "Everyone deserves to be respected for who they are. I pledge to spread this message to my friends, family and neighbors. I'll speak up against hate and intolerance whenever I see it, at school and at work. I'll provide hope for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other bullied teens by letting them know that it gets better."

Action: Tell Congress To Remove The Anti-LGBTQ Amendment From NDAA
Description: Earlier this year Rep. Steve Russell slipped in an anti-LGBTQ amendment in the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Republicans rammed his amendment through the House floor during a middle-of-the-night session with almost no debate.  Under the guise of protecting religious freedom, the amendment would give religiously affiliated organizations license to discriminate the LGBTQ community.  Sign a petition to Congress stating: "Rep. Steve Russell’s amendment to the House version of National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) uses ‘religious freedom’ as an excuse to discriminate. Do not use tax dollars to fund discrimination. Remove the Russell Amendment from the final version of the NDAA."

Action: Lead By Example
Description: When an individual’s gender identity and expression conflicts with societal expectations, they are often subject to harassment, abuse, and discrimination as they challenge the idea of a strict gender binary. Pronouns allow a person to accurately represent their identity in a way that is safe and comfortable for them.  Change happens by setting an example and living it. Take five minutes today to learn about gender pronouns, and how to integrate this simple change in your everyday life.


RACIAL + CULTURAL EQUALITY

Action: Pledge To Stand Together With Muslims
Description: We cannot strip our Muslim neighbors of their fundamental rights. Sign this pledge to stand together with Muslims across the country, and around the world. Because when we stand as one, no American can be singled out by their race, religion, income, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

Action: Ask The Senate To Address The Unprecedented Rise In Hate Crimes
Description: Hate crimes overall grew by 6.8% to a total of 5,850 incidents throughout the year.  This increase was not isolated to one particular race or disenfranchised community.  Sign a petition requesting that the Senate Judiciary Committee urgently conduct a hearing to address the surge in hate crimes and the proliferation of hate groups in the U.S.

Action: End Racial Profiling Methods
Description: Sign a petition telling the Department of Justice that they must shut down facial recognition programs that endanger endanger members of the Black community and violate their rights!

Action: Stop Warrior Policing
Description: Sign a petition to stop “warrior policing” and instead, encourage de-escalation and best practices to protect and serve ALL people.

Action: Tell Your State Legislators To Oppose "Stand Your Ground" Laws
Description: "Stand Your Ground" laws represent a dangerous and unprecedented escalation in the use of force in the public space, allowing individuals to shoot and kill even when they could otherwise walk away safely from an altercation. Tell your State Legislators that you oppose this immoral legislation!


WOMEN'S RIGHTS

Action: Combat The Gender Pay Gap
Description:  Many employers base salary offers on a candidate's previous pay – which, because of the pay gap, is often lower for women than for men. On average, women take home only 80% of men’s median earnings and, while the gap has narrowed since passage of the Equal Pay Act in 1963, progress has largely stalled in the 21st century. Simply eliminating the reliance on salary history in setting future wages would go a long way toward closing the pay gap.

Action: Tell Elected Officials: Keep Vital Healthcare
Description: Add your name to an open letter telling ultraconservative politicians everywhere: We won't let you cut off millions of people from vital health care, putting lives at risk for the sake of scoring political points. 

Action: Tell Your Senator: "You're Not A Medical Expert!"
Description: Email your U.S. Senators to remind them that politicians aren’t medical experts and must not be allowed to interfere in a woman’s medical decisions.  Reject H.R. 36.

Action: Stand With Women
Description: In June, a historic ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed a woman’s constitutional right to access safe, legal abortion. Now, it’s time for Congress to do its part! Sign this pledge saying "I stand with the Act for Women campaign and call on Congress to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act."

Action: Protect Intimate Partner Violence
Description:  Stricter gun control measures are needed to protect survivors of intimate partner violence from further harm and imminent danger. In the final days before its recess, Congress must vote on the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protections Act of 2015 (H.R.1217) in order to mandate background checks for all gun sales, even those sold by private sellers.