“If you have a plan, we want to hear it. Tell your community leaders, your local officials, your governor, and your team in Washington. Believe me, your ideas count. An individual can make a difference.”
-George Herbert Walker Bush
It's important to be informed citizens. To read, viiew videos, listen, talk, understand, research and always ask questions.
Review our list of videos, books and orgnizations that can help provide needed perspective.
THESE TRUTHS, A HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES
By Jill Lepore
Award-winning historian and New Yorker writer Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation, an urgently needed reckoning with the beauty and tragedy of American history.
ON TYRANNY: TWENTY LESSONS FROM THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
By Timothy Snyder
The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth century.
"Respect First, Then Gun Control" by David Brooks
"Localism in America - Why We Should Tackle Our Big Challenges at the Local Level" - by mulitiple authors; edited by Joel Kotkin and Ryan Streeter
"Why People Come to the U.S." - The number of people coming to the US, where they come from, and why they come has changed significantly over time.
The Big Picture: How We Got Into This Mess, And How We Get Out of It by Robert Reich
Why Democracy is Declining Worldwide
The founder of BallotPedia explains the current state of the site and how it helps voters.
TED Talks - Frances Moore Lappe, co-author of the book DARING DEMOCRACY
An animated video that explains some of MapLight's work (revealing money's influence on politics) in just a few minutes!
ORGANIZATIONS & online sites
2018 NY Primary Election - Detailed information on the candidates running for office in New York State.
2018 NYS Political Calendar - A ready reference to the significant dates pertaining to elections, coordinated by the NYS Board of Elections.
Ballotpedia - The encyclopedia of American Politics. Find info on national and local primaries, elections and political resources.
Contacting Elelected Officials - Learn how to get in touch with your federal, state, and local elected leaders.
NYC Poll Site Locator - Information on where to register or vote and links to forms, district maps and election results.
NYC Votes - extensive resource information about where and how to vote, voting rights and voter registration forms.
NYS Board of Elections - A bipartisan agency vested with the responsibility for administration and enforcement of all laws relating to elections in New York State. The Board is also responsible for regulating disclosure and limitations of a Fair Campaign Code intended to govern campaign practices.
NYS Voter Guide - A nonpartisan print, video, and online platform that provides a variety of information about NYC elections.
NYS Voter Look-Up - A search feature to check if you're a current registered voter and to find your district information.
NYS Voter Registration Deadlines - A list of dates for registration and primaries for federal, local, state and general elections.
Better Angels - Bipartisan citizen’s movement to unify our divided nation.
CERRU - Center for Ethnic, Racial & Religious Understanding is a diversity education center that provides nonviolent communication tools to bridge social differences and create a more equitable society.
League of Women Voters - Encourages informed and active participation in government.
GOLES - Good Old Lower East Side, a grassroots organization in Manhattan since 1977, serves, engages, and empowers low- and moderate-income residents of the LES/Loisaida, specifically people of color, through community organizing, public education, direct services, and community-based participation.
National Archives - The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept forever.
NY Public Library - an essential provider of free books, information, ideas, and education for all New Yorkers for more than 100 years.
NY State Gov - the official website of NY State providing extensive information on NYS elected officials, news, services, government agencies and resources.
TAFT Institute for Government - Nonpartisan org to expand and improve political participation in the United States.
Queens Library - An independent, not-for-profit corporation; not affiliated with any other library system.
Informed Immigrant - Understanding your rights and resources available to immigrants.
US Citizenship and Immigration Services - Find help in your community: classes and assistance with the naturalization process.
Queens Library - Offers several resources for new Americans and prospective citizens. Learn your rights, the realities of the immigration process, and receive support from experienced lawyers and staff.
DATA AND GENERAL INFORMATION
USA Facts - USAFacts is a new data-driven portrait of the American population, our government’s finances, and government’s impact on society.
MapLight - A nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that reveals the influence of money in politics, informs and empowers voters, and advances reforms that promote a more responsive democracy.
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