Local Advocacy (U.S.)

These resources are provided to assist those who want to drive policy changes in their state.

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Apply to Become a Science Rising Trainer

The Science Rising Train the Trainer program includes a free, live, two-hour online training dedicated to teaching you the skills you need to be a powerful advocate, teacher, and educator on voter registration and mobilization.

Engage in Civil Discourse

Attend an e-course or workshop by Braver Angels Alliance. This grassroots organization is focused on bringing people together to bridge the partisan divide in the United States. Through workshops, town halls, and online discussions, members are encouraged to share respectfully (avoiding exaggeration and stereotypes) and gain a better understanding of opposing views.

Find and Support Local Women Candidates

​Per their mission of getting more women into politics, the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) has compiled a list of women who are running in Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Virginia. Additional states will be added to their data as candidate filings occur.

Run for Office

The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) offers a non-partisan training program that prepares women to get involved in public office.  CAWP’s “Ready-to-Run®” curriculum covers fundraising, media training, organizing a campaign, mobilizing voters, crafting a message, and navigating the political party structure. Over 70% of Ready to Run® participants who run win their races.

Vote in Local Elections

Vote411.org, sponsored by the League of Women Voters Education Fund, offers a one stop shop to help you make a voting plan and stay informed. Register to vote, verify your voter registration, or find your polling place, discover upcoming debates in your area, or see what’s on your ballot. Report election issues by calling:

  • 1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)
  • 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)
  • 1-888-API-VOTE (Asian multilingual assistance)
  • 1-844-YALLA-US (Arabic)

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Legislation affecting DEI Curricula

The Chronicle of Higher Education is tracking bills aimed at restricting DEI offices and staff, diversity statements, and mandatory DEI training.  

PEN America is tracking state legislative efforts to restrict teaching about topics such as race, gender, American history, and LGBTQ+ identities in K–12 and higher education. They view these bills as “gag orders” that infringe on free speech as described in their report “America’s Censored Classrooms.” 

Legislation affecting LGBTQ+ People

GLAAD tracks the lawmakers engaging in anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric, and the Equality Federation tracks important state legislation, court cases, and ballot measures that could affect equality such as restrictions on curriculum, book bans, and anti-transgender bills.

The Human Rights Campaign is seeking signatures to push Congress to pass the Equality Act into law which would provide consistent and explicit non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across key areas of life, including employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service. 

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