In the devastating aftermath of a shooting like Las Vegas or Orlando or Newtown there is a flurry of activity. There is raw emotion, there is impassioned speech, there is heightened rhetoric, and often there is stinging hopelessness.
Rarely, however, is there something you can do right away that will have meaningful impact in preventing another massacre. This time we have that chance.
This week the House of Representatives will vote on the SHARE Act, which will make it easier for gun owners to purchase gun silencers. During an active shooter situation, a silencer would make it more difficult for first responders to locate and stop a shooter. On this of all weeks, we should not be making it easier for guns to be harder to find in the hands of those that would do harm.
Use the tool below to call your representative today. You can find your representative's number, follow a simple script, and make your voice heard.
These are trying times in America. Given the host of issues we're facing, especially in government, there are a few common reactions:
- Ignore the news cycle and go about living
- Tweet your frustration
- Get involved
It's thrilling to see Nadya Okamoto, a 19 year-old, choosing option 3 and running for City Council in Cambridge, MA. Her story in the video above is inspiring. Her mission to include young people and people of color is exciting. Her call to action is crucial.
Learn more by visiting her campaign below.
The LA Times is following the campaigns of five scientists around the country who are running for office. It's pretty fascinating to read through profiles of people who are committed to positive change - even if it means a "career" change. Even more encouraging: out of the five candidates profiled, three started here on Crowdpac! Check out the article and the campaigns below.
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Two Republican women realized their party was drifting from its original goals and vision. Rather than give in to blind party loyalty, they instead worked to create Republican Women for Progress, an organization designed to help Republican women engage in American politics. And oh yeah, they even voted for Hillary.
While many parts of this story are inspiring, perhaps its most basic point is its best: we don't have to hold our noses and pick sides. Our views can be diverse, our issue stances don't need to match a manifesto or align with a news channel. The current polarization in our political system is astounding and infuriating - yet we don't have to subscribe.
For those of us interested in taking that unique path, we now have a great example from the two founders of RWFP, Jennifer Lim and Meghan Milloy. You can learn more about their story and their mission by joining their Crowdpac community, or you can lend support to their campaign below.
Trump has fired Comey.
There is grave concern from across the political spectrum about the timing of this firing and the circumstances surrounding it.
Now one Republican member of Congress, Rep. Justin Amash (MI-3), is looking to create an independent investigation into Trump's Russia ties. There is a Crowdpac campaign which will support Rep. Amash if and only if his team establishes an independent commission.
Read more about the campaign and Justin Amash below - you can also read Trump's original letter to James Comey.
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