You are not alone. There are many people who feel the way you do about the system, and many of them are already doing something about it. But the movement needs the participation of you, your friends, and your family in order to succeed.
This section provides a list of national organizations that are addressing many of our largest problems. It also offers a state-by-state road map to reform which shows the level of reform each state is undertaking, as well as a list of informative websites.
A Call to Action (Organizations directory)
The following pages list several organizations that are addressing many of our largest problems and are organized into the following categories:
A State-by-state Road Map to Reform
The following pages contain charts with specific information on each state.
Other informative Web sites
Clean Elections California (http://www.cleanelectionscalifornia.org)
Southern California Americans for Democratic Action announces the formation of a new website devoted to education, agitation and mobilization for real Campaign Finance Reform in California. The site brings together a coalition of organizations striving to remove the corrosive influence of money on the political process. Last year, the state of California spent $27 billion in corporate subsidies and giveaways to major campaign donors - hundreds of dollars per person. We could each buy back our government and institute Complete Public Financing of all state campaigns for the price of a movie ticket!
The Granny D web site (http://www.grannyd.com)
Dublin, New Hampshire's Doris Haddock, 90, known to her great grandchildren as "Granny D," is walking across America from California to Washington, D. C.
- She left Los Angeles on Jan. 1, 1999, and walks ten miles per day. Her goal is to show Members of Congress that people do care about campaign finance reform. She is showing how much she cares by walking in spite of her arthritis and emphysema, and by talking to as many people as she can along her way.
- She hopes that her effort will encourage people to contact their representatives and demand campaign finance reform.
Open Secrets (http://www.opensecrets.org)
The Center for Responsive Politics is 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. The Center conducts computer-based research on campaign finance issues for the news media, academics, activists, and the public at large. The Center's work is aimed at creating a more educated voter, an involved citizenry, and a more responsive government.
Common Sense for Drug Policy (http://www.csdp.org)
Common Sense for Drug Policy is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to expanding discussion on drug policy by resonating the voices of those raising questions about existing law and educating the public about alternatives to current policies.
- We provide advice and technical assistance to individuals and organizations working to reform current policies. We facilitate coalition-building among like-minded groups and educate the public by disseminating research, hosting public forums and informing members of the media. We fight the excesses of the drug war by providing pro bono legal assistance to those adversely affected by current drug policy.