Daily Resource Highlight - 01/24/2022
Posted by on January 24, 2022 at 3:16 PM
Below are the highlights and featured resources of this past week’s Daily* Resource.
January 18, 2022 - We Can’t Act Like Campaigns; Attacking with EUTM, Part 2
During my undergrad years, I volunteered for a presidential campaign. We developed relationships with local activists in the name of registering voters and recruiting more volunteers, and my teammates and I became a fixture in the community. Once the election was over, however, everybody was gone, along with the campaign “infrastructure” we had created.
There’s nothing wrong with this approach – it’s how campaigns operate. But it does underscore the need for organizations like Nonprofit VOTE, who operate like it’s always election season. Democracies need year-round maintenance to work properly, and you can play a vital role in the upkeep. Here are some ways:
- Share the documentary The Reunited States with your friends who don’t know about the movement
- Tell your favorite high schooler(s) about Junior State of America’s Winter programming, like the 2022 Winter Congress. Registration is open now!
- Make your legislative priorities known on IssueVoter. They will make sure your Congressional representatives know how you feel
And if you’re already an activist, make sure your organization knows about BillTrack50. They can help you stay in-the-know on what lawmakers are doing in all 50 states and in Congress. Here’s a video of Karen Suhaka explaining how to get the most out of the platform.
January 21, 2022 - Demanding Oversight of the Military While Appreciating It
I went to a Quaker school for middle school and high school. If you don’t know anything about Quakers, just know that they are committed pacifists. So I was taught that the U.S. military is too big and that its budget – which is objectively huge – should be reduced substantially.
As I’ve gotten older, my views on the military have become more nuanced. For instance, I now have an appreciation for the impact that its research and development work has had on our everyday lives; work that led to inventions like the Epipen, duct tape, GPS, and – perhaps most famously – the internet. Military technology has revolutionized civilian life.
Nevertheless, a nearly $1 trillion proposed annual budget merits oversight and special scrutiny, and we are lucky to have organizations like Project on Government Oversight demanding answers and accountability. In recent weeks, POGO has shined a light on the Pentagon’s revolving door and a possible corruption scandal that has resulted from that revolving door.
POGO also went into detail in criticizing the military’s latest budget requests. These include another attempt to build a gun with lightning quick bullets (the first attempt failed due to a price tag of nearly $1 million per bullet) and a $123 million contract to build laser weapons.
I won't pretend to know whether these projects are worth their cost or not. But I firmly believe it’s worth asking the question. The mission of the military is to protect the American people, and we, as Americans, have the right to question the cost and effectiveness of that protection.
- ActiVote (blog) Jan 16th: Joe Biden is Running Out of Time
- AllSides (blog) Jan 8th: CDC Criticized for 'Confusing' COVID-19 Protocols, Promises To Do Better
- Ballotpedia (newsletter) Jan 14th: Ballotpedia's Weekly Brew
- Civic Genius (blog) Jan 12th: The Social Media Conundrum: What’s Allowed and Who Should Decide?
- Civics Unplugged (report) Jan 13th: Civics Unplugged 2021 Annual Report
- Civil Squared (podcast) Jan 10th: 2021 Gems: Ideas to Apply in 2022
- Common Ground Committee (video) Jan 6th: Christa Case Bryant + Story Hinckley | THE STATE OF POLARIZATION: 2022
- Davenport Institute (article) Jan 1st: Navigating a Career in Local Government
- FairVote (report) Jan 18th: Ranked Choice Voting in New York City Report
- iCivics (blog) Jan 11th: iCivics awarded $400,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop new game, Supreme Justice
- Independent Voter Network (podcast) Jan 10th: Is there a Deep State? (with Prof. Michael J Glennon)
- Independent Voter Project (article) Jan 11th: The Electoral Count Act: What It Is and Why So Many Want to Update It
- Issue Voter (newsletter) Jan 11th: January Bill Round-Up
- Junior State of America (form) due Feb 5th: JSA Winter Congress 2022
- Listen First Project (video) Jan 7th: Celebrating the First Annual National Day of Dialogue
- Listen First Project (video) Jan 13th: Join Crossing Party Lines for January Skills Month
- Project on Government Oversight (article) Jan 12th: The Bunker: Sleight-of-Math
- Project on Government Oversight (article) Jan 19th: The Bunker: Apparently the Sky Is the Limit
- RepresentUs (post) Jan 9th: New Mexico’s Governor and Secretary of State want to make voting easier
- TechCongress (podcast) Jan 6th: 2022 Congressional Innovation Scholars Informational Call
- The Center for Election Science (article) Jan 6th: No One Guarding the House | The implications of increasingly ‘crowded’ U.S. Congressional primaries
- The Factual (newsletter) Jan 13th: Joe Rogan misinformation - Redistricting map rejected - Covid isolation guidelines
- The Flip Side (newsletter) Jan 14th: Supreme Court on Vaccine Rules
- The Flip Side (newsletter) Jan 11th: CDC Guidance
- Unite America (blog) Jan 13th: Three Things Thursday
- University of Virginia Center for Politics (blog) Jan 12th: The Battles for Attorney General