On-line Guide for Activists

Anyone who has ever written a letter to an elected official or to a newspaper editor to express their opinion on a political issue, should consider using computer online resources such as email to accomplish the same goals. Instead of reaching one politician/editor at a time through traditional letter writing, email allows you to send the same messages to dozens of places with the same effort as sending a traditional letter. Many newspapers are printing email letters-to-the-editor on a regular basis. I've also received the same response from Members of Congress to an email letter as I've received from a letter sent through the Postal Service. Here are some useful resources for activists:MEDIA ON INTERNET LIST This site has a handy list of electronic mail addresses for many newspaper editorial pages, national and local TV, radio and other media contacts. They also have a list of congressional email addresses, with easy-to-use links for fast delivery of your message. This home page is an excellent resource for sending multiple letters-to-the-editor or to your representative in Congress. Internet address: http://www.armory.com/~leavitt/media.internet.htmlVOTELINKThrough this home page, you can register to vote every week on various issues such as affirmative action, defense spending, etc. Votelink staff tallies these votes and sends the results to the news media, Congress and the White House. There are also opportunities to participate in electronic town meetings. Internet address: http://www.votelink.com/104TH CONGRESS MAILBOTIf you are thinking about contacting every Member of Congress about an issue that has national significance, you can do it with one message. You send one message to a free email service called MAILBOT and they will automatically forward your message to all members of the House or Senate who have email addresses. Your message must be less than 5,000 bytes (about one page), and usage is limited to one message per 72 hours. To insure a response, include your name and address and avoid obscene or abusive language. Email address: HOUSE@MAILBOT.COM or SENATE@MAILBOT.COMPROJECT VOTE SMART HOME PAGE This volunteer organization, affiliated with ACORN, compiles factual information about thousands of candidates running for office each election, along with the major issues facing voters. Internet address: http://vote-smart.org/about/about.htmlCALYX INTERNET ACCESS A group that tries to fully utilize the Internet as a tool for social change. According to Nicholas Merrill, president of CALYX, "The philosophy behind it (CALYX) is that for the new left to be successful in the New World order, we must utilize all of the technological advances of the right. If the right-wing movements are utilizing the Internet's power to increase the scope of their audience 1,000 fold then the left-wing can't compete if it's still trying to get by relying entirely on antiquated less efficient methods of communicating like printing up newspapers, and Xeroxing, and paying $0.33 to the USPS to send out a flyer. "Part of the problem we face however is that many left-wing oriented groups are distrustful or outright fearful of this new technology and what it's possibilities are. Our message to technophobic left-wingers is that you can't persuade the right to stop using technology -- they're kicking our ass using it, so it's not in their best interest. Our only choice is to attempt to use their own technology more skillfully," added Merrill. CALYX provides links to dozens of other activist Internet sites, Congressional email addresses, legal information and much more. Internet address: http://www.calyx.com/activist_links.htmlFINDING AN EMAIL ADDRESS SITE In order to simplify this task, the creator of this site, Masha Boitchouk, has brought together many useful methods for finding specific email addresses. Links to university email directories, international email resources, an Inter-Network Mail Guide, directories of personal home pages, USENET newsgroups listings, etc. Internet address: http://sunsite.oit.unc.edu/~masha/HOTLINKS Here is a mega resource for contacting hundreds of daily newspapers, magazines and media organizations. Sites include: Alphabetical Listing of Dailies, Online Services, Weeklies, Business Papers and Alternative Press, Select International Editions, Collectives, State Press Associations on the Web, Other Media Organizations, etc. Many of the daily newspaper home page links have a ready-to-use email feature for sending letters to the editor. Internet address http://www.naa.org/hot/all.html#weeklyMEDIA WATCHDOG This group monitors the mass media for bias and provides an extensive collection of online media watch resources, including specific media criticism articles and information about media watch groups. The emphasis is on critiquing the accuracy and exposing the biases of the mainstream media. Contents and links include: Time-sensitive information and action alerts, media criticism organizations and resources , media criticism articles, censorship resources, other lists of resources, etc. Internet address: http://theory.lcs.mit.edu/~mernst/media/#time-sensitiveSIDEBAR: CONGRESSIONAL EMAIL ADDRESSES AND WEB SITES Combined from several sources listed above104th Congress United States SenateAK R Stevens, Ted Senator_Stevens@stevens.senate.gov AK R Murkowski, Frank email@murkowski.senate.govAL D Heflin, Howell Administrator@heflin.senate.gov AL R Shelby, Richard senator@shelby.senate.govAR D Bumpers, Dale senator@bumpers.senate.govAZ R Kyl, Jon info@kyl.senate.gov AZ R McCain, John Senator_McCain@mccain.senate.govCA D Boxer, Barbara senator@boxer.senate.gov CA D Feinstein, Dianne senator@feinstein.senate.govCO R Brown, Hank senator_brown@brown.senate.gov CO R Campbell, Ben N. data@nighthorse.falcontech.comCT D Dodd, Christopher sen_dodd@dodd.senate.gov CT D Lieberman, Joseph 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