Political Map: First Stage of a Civil Action Plan
With the election of Donald Trump to be the 45th President of the United States of America, a renewed drive to participate in my democratic process is aflame. Particularly for me, I fear that my values concerning women’s rights and the environment (among many others) will not be reflected in a new political regime led by Trump, a Republican House and a Republican Senate.
As the saying goes, “when the going gets tough, the tough get going,” and I must get going. But where first? There are several elements in my nascent Civil Action below, first of which is to better understand the political landscape of my state and the nation.
By clicking on the three dots in the middle, you can view the whole map. Type in a key word like “New York” into the Search bar to find relevant politicians and entities. You can click on politician or entities (the circles) and the three vertical dots to get more detailed information. The map is an evolving project, and if you see any errors or wish to add new information, please do get in touch.
You may notice that Jerry Nadler has the most information about him so far. That’s because he is the House Representative for my district in NYC. Representatives are here to voice the concerns of their constituency. I used this site to help me figure out my Representative, in addition to the two New York State Senators that will be important for me to continuously reach out to.
I haven’t gotten to mapping NYC-specific information yet, but as a note, you can look up your representatives on a local, state and federal level here. For example, the city has many community boards that are important to take part in. As a resident of the great neighborhood of Kensington, I am part of Community Board 12. In addition, my assemblymember for my district is James Brennan.
I’m a little embarrassed I didn’t know all of this before Trump was elected, but that may be the silver lining of such a surprising turn of events. I plan to get more involved in what is happening politically so I can identify the most effective places to intervene and for my voice to be heard.
This is beginning of my Civil Action Plan, which also includes:
- Making monthly donations to non-governmental organizations focusing on women’s rights and environmental issues. I already donate to the Surfrider Foundation and Planned Parenthood, but others may include the Environmental Defense Fund, CERES, Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, Human Impacts Institute and the National Organization for Women. For a great list of other organizations more focused on civil and human rights, check out this document put together by my dear friend Leah;
- Attending community board meetings and reaching out to my local and state representatives;
- Leveraging opportunities to participate in activism and awareness building, like my talented friend Julia’s three portrait campaigns focused on the North Dakota pipeline, immigrant families and anti-bigotry. Let us know if you would like to participate in the production!
- Heading to D.C. in January for the Million Women March;
- Doing all I can to prepare to (hopefully) elect a Democratic House and Senate during Midterm elections.
I feel empowered and excited to be more involved with the decisions that ultimately govern the shape my life and role in society. I look forward to sharing this adventure with you, surely equipped with its highs and its lows.