Want to sound-off? Find out who gave your
elected representatives money? Check on
political happenings in the USA? Look here first!
Whenever possible, we've listed websites by
their own descriptions (indicated by the use of opening
and closing quotes). Links verified: 10/24/2003.
Nothing but political news from the Time-Warner-CNN conglomerate.
for America's Future
Launched primarily as an on-line progressive speakers bureau, the site
also includes "Talking Points" "Future Watch"
"At a Glance (charts, graphs and stats)" and
"Issue Stuff". Here's their description: "Over 100 prominent
Americans - citizen activists concerned about our country and our
planet - have joined together to launch and build a new organization for
progressive change. We are committed to sparking a robust national debate
about America's future. You can bring this debate to your community
with our online directory of speakers, New Voices. " Check it out!
This is a valuable source of information on developments in Colombia,
the U.S. government's intervention in Colombia's civil war and solidarity
efforts in the U.S.
"Common Dreams Newscenter - Breaking news and views for the progressive
community" ... offers breaking news, links to hundreds of
wires, newspapers and periodicals and quick links to dozens of commentaries
(such as Jim Hightower, Molly Ivins, Jessse Jackson, Michael Moore,
Barbara Ehrenreich ...). Good source of news and views ...
A non-partisan site where you can find out what kind of legislation
individual members of U.S. Congress supported or opposed (they use UE's
scorecard as one of their benchmarks!).
"Contacting the Congress is a listing of phone numbers, FAX numbers,
electronic mail addresses and WWW/gopher homepages for members of
the Congress." Very complete and easy-to-use.
This is everyone's favorite link when it comes to finding -- and sounding
off to -- politicians and the media. Modestly bills itself as "an
email address directory of congresspeople, state governments, and media
entities." Includes local governments, newspaper, radio and TV
-- anyone in these categories who can be e-mailed. And ... you can e-mail
them all at once! This link was not responding on 10/24/2003
Partnership Resouce Site
Resource center for Family and Medical Leave Act and other family employment
related legal information.
Simply: a site with an incredible list of links to almost anything political
... but is becoming quite dated (last update appears to have been
in 1999). "The National Political Index is a web site which provides
an index of substantive political information ... our secondary purpose
is to provide a one-stop shop web site for political activist organizations
with tactics and logistics information to empower them to compete
successfully against massive TV advertising which provides almost no
high quality information to voters. Empowering activists is the key to
nullify the corrosive impact of big money on the democratic process."
Catorgories include: Hourly Political Headlines - Federal Elected Officials
- State and Local Officials - Federal Candidates - Info. on Federal
Candidates - State and Local Candidates - No-Cost Web Sites for Candidates
- National Political Parties - State & Local Party Groups -
Political Activist Groups - State Initiatives and Referenda - Un-elected
Beltway V.I.P.s - Tracking Congressional Legislation - Voting Booths
And Polls - Federal Gov't Agencies - Government Sponsored Information -
State & Local Gov't Agencies - Political Science Departments - On-Line
Political Magazines - Unclassified Political Sites - National Political
Activist - National Political Review - National Employment Index - Personals
- Political Resources - Political Goods & Services - Political
Humor - Search Sites - Political Newsgroups - Political Think Tanks
- Reporters' Resources - Political Games & Simulations
(Center for Responsive Politics)
Want to know how much candidates are paying to buy their U.S. House
or Senate seat? Check out "Influence, Inc." to find out who's
paying billions to lobbyists ... and more, all from The Center for Responsive
Politics ... "a non-partisan, non-profit research group based
in Washington, D.C. that tracks money in politics, and its effect on elections
and public policy."
for the American Way
"People For the American Way ... is committed to defending democracy
and bringing the ideals of community, opportunity, diversity, equality
and fairness together to form a strong, united voice. To achieve this,
PFAWF conducts research, legal and education work, as well as monitors
and researches the Religious Right movement and its political allies.
The organization is a premier source of vital information for policymakers,
scholars and activists nationwide." News, issues and more ...
Formerly "FEC Info." "The non-partisan Federal candidate
campaign money page" ... or ... "A place to discover who gave
what to which Federal candidates when..."
"Project Vote Smart tracks the performance of over 13,000 political
leaders." Site selections include: "Issue Positions";
"Voting Records"; "Performance Evaluations"; "Campaign
Finances"; "Biographies"; and "Other Available
"The late House Speaker Tip O'Neill (D-Mass) had the best description
for Roll Call; he called it "our hometown newspaper in Washington."
For forty years, our primary subject matter (and audience)
has been the US Congress. But we approach the institution in an unorthodox
way. Instead of tracking issues and legislation, we cover the three Ps:
people, politics, and process." Fairly mainstream ... but with news
and tidbits not found elsewhere about the goings-on in Washington.
of the Americas Watch
"SOA Watch is an independent organization that seeks to close the
US Army School of the Americas through vigils and fasts, demonstrations
and nonviolent protest, as well as media and legislative work."
The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (formerly the
US Army School of the Americas), "based in Fort Benning, Georgia,
trains Latin American soldiers in combat, counter-insurgency, and counter-narcotics.
Graduates of the SOA have been responsible for some of the
worst human rights abuses in Latin America."
Find information concerning Congress -- particularly legislative activity
-- under headings like "Congress This Week", "Bills",
"Congressional Record", "Committee Information",
"Historical Documents", "The Legislative Process"
and "Congressional Internet Services" (a set of great government
links). Invaluable source of information.(Why is it called THOMAS?
"In the spirit of Thomas Jefferson, a service of the U.S. Congress
through its Library." Oh.)
for a Fair Economy
"United for a Fair Economy [supports those] who work to address
the widening income and asset gap in our country. Our work is grounded
in the belief that our country would be a far more democratic, prosperous,
and caring community if we narrowed the vast gap between the very wealthy
and everyone else. Our constituency is broad and deep and includes
both those directly hurt by economic disparity and those who benefit from
"WebActive is a weekly World Wide Web publication designed to keep
you up-to-date on the latest in activism and progressive politics on
the Internet. WebActive helps you navigate the tremendous web of information
which has been spun by the growth of the Internet. WebActive also
helps plug you in to activist opportunities so you can have a direct impact
and make a difference. WebActive covers both the mainstream and the
margins." That's what they say. That's what they do!
Getting the Election Money
Federal Election Commission
Home of the Democratic (or was that Republican?) Party.
Parties of North America
From on-line forums, to a statement of principles ("Ten Key Values")
to local and statewide addresses to links with Green Parties
around the world, this is the spot to find out more about this political
"We are the people who build and maintain the nation but rarely
enjoy the fruits of our labor. We are the employed and the unemployed.
We are the people who make the country run but have little say in running
the country. We come together to create this Labor Party to defend our
interests and aspirations from the greed of multinational corporate interests.
Decades of concessions to corporations by both political parties
have not produced the full employment economy we have been promised. Instead
income and wealth disparities have widened to shameful extents. We
offer an alternative vision of a just society that values working people,
their families and communities." Find out more about this political
party -- which UE helped to found.
"The New Party is a progressive political party taking root around
the U.S. ... We're building a multi-racial, lively and creative political
organization that can, over time, break the stranglehold that corporate
money and corporate media have over our political process. For the
last four years we have focused on local elections, and have won 134 of
our first 202 races. It's all at a modest level -- school boards, city
councils, county boards -- but it's the right place to start. We see ourselves
as a different kind of progressive third party: we're starting at
the grassroots level; we run issue as well as candidate campaigns; we work
inside and outside the Democratic Party; and we're a membership based,
small 'd' democratic organization."
Home of the Republican (or was that Democratic?) Party.
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