eAdvocacy: 3 Sites You Should Check Out
By Rachel L. West, MSW, LMSW
The Political Social Worker
One of the topics important for emerging and experienced macro social workers to learn about is eAdvocacy (aka online advocacy, online campaigning, e-campaigning, digital activist, etc).
Back in February Jane Susskind wrote an article for IVN in which she explored how social media is changing the way constituents interact with legislators, particularly at the local level. Her piece focused heavily on the Mayor of Newark, NJ, and the undisputed mayor of Twitter, Cory Booker. Basically Susskind piece is about Twitter becoming the new town hall.
Below are three websites related to online advocacy that I think some of you might find useful. Please feel free to give feedback in the comments section.
I think I may be falling in love with this website. POPVOX allows you to easily find legislation and vote on whether or not you support the bill. You then have the option of sending an email to your legislator about your position, which you can choose to personalize if you have a story to tell related to the issue.
POPVOX also shows you how many of their users have voted for or against a bill and what positions they took.
You can use POPVOX to find out what legislation is in Congress, what is going on in your state or district, find out about community groups or non-profits, you can even install their widget on your blog to direct readers to a particular issue.
This is a great blog for information on online advocacy. Topics cover tools and tactics involved in online campaigning.
Epolitics.com is an attempt to fill that gap with a realistic look at the world of doing politics and advocacy online. I’m not interested in glittering generalities about the potential of digital networks in the political sphere but rather in the nuts and bolts of actually using the web, email and related technologies to try to change the world. (source)
e.politics is a must for anyone doing community organizing or any kind of campaign work.
“We summarize deep, disparate, dangerous (well, maybe not dangerous) political data sets to create simple profiles that describe who these guys and gals running our country really are. We know how they talk about issues vs. on what they actually spend their time legislating and how that compares to their sources of funding. How cool is that?
And, best of all, we put those profiles directly in your news! Right in front of your nose, in the precise moment you’re already reading about a political person, or issue, you care about.” (source)