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Here are some of the groups most effectively tracking some of the issues.

under reconstruction



for the next Congress



(This list is limited to issues which the U.S. Congress has substantial involvement with.)

I've just re-organized the topic list. It will be filled in soon.


There are a lot of sites encouraging you to take their stand. This list concentrates on the fewer, partisan or not, just keeping you up to date.
The number of links in an area reflects the quantity available so far, not the area's relative importance.   Please email us with any suggestions, additions or comments.

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Active Legislation (Senate)


Active Legislation in the Senate updated at least weekly


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latest/breaking news


IQExpress "Where the Hill Meets the Web"


Common Dreams progressive newswire


WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources--News Sources


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general sources


Congressional Quarterly


National Center for Policy Analysis


Almanac of Policy Issues


Moving Ideas


The Email Activist


Congressional Committee Schedules


news sources with a lot of political coverage (not exhaustive!)


RadioForChange


Common Dreams


News Batch Summaries


AlterNet Top Stories


Common Dreams


NPR


rabble.ca


truthout, News Politics


counterspin


Source Watch


Media Matters for America


government data


keyword search of 30 Million Government Web Pages


GPO Access Online A-Z Resource List and Description of Databases Online via GPO Access


economic data


Budget of the United States Government




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if you're a little more serious . . .


You can't talk about community organizing without starting with Saul Alinsky.


This doesn't have a good niche on this page, but I really had to mention the Highlander Research and Education Center, where people such as Rosa Parks learned organizing.


ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now)


Democracy for the few, by The Email Activist



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Banking/Credit


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Campaign Finance / Election Reform


Public Campaign


Public Citizen | Campaign Finance Reform


FairVote - Center for Voting and Democracy


Campaign Finance Clearinghouse searchable database


Public Citizen Campaign Finance Reform


Common Cause Election Reform


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Children's Issues


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Civil Liberties; Censorship


American Civil Liberties Union   Legislative Update   "Safe and Free"


In Defense of Freedom


American Library Association  NewsPress ReleasesPress Kits; and  Office for Intellectual Freedom


Electronic Frontier Foundation


Electronic Privacy Information Center


National Coalition Against Censorship


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separation of Church and State


Americans United for Separation of Church and State


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Corporate Governance


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Education


Education Week


Yahoo News Education


Yahoo News School Vouchers


Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics


Department of Education “The nation's Report Card”


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Energy


Sprawl City


Public Citizen Critical Mass Energy and Environment Program


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Environment / Conservation


The League of Conservation Voters HomeCampaignsTake Action page


Friends of the Earth


EarthJustice: Take Action


Earth Island Institute   Action Alerts   Tools to Search for Information


Environmental Defense Fund Action Center


Natural Resources Defense Council  Legislative Watch


EarthFirst! Issues


Environment, The Email Activist


Black rhinoceros link list


Worldwatch Institute (definitive background research)


World Resources Institute   Research topics


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Fiscal Issues


Federal Budget & Spending


Center on Budget and Policy Priorities


OMB Watch


Project on Government Oversight


Taxation


Taxpayers for Common Sense


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Global Issues


Global Policy Forum -- What's New


(Emory University) Globalization Website


Globalization issues (links)


Public Citizen Global Trade Watch


Globalization of Law


Legislationline  from the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and the European Union


The New Global Economy  by The Email Activist


International Forum on Globalization (background and current -- not up-to-the-minute)


The Globalization Website Data Sources


Harvard University Global Trade Negotiations Home Page


“Development” and Sustainability


Globalization and Trade


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Guns


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Health Care


Public Citizen Health Research Group


Pharmaceutical Industry


Common Cause Rx Pricing


Reproductive Rights / Abortion


listed under “Women's Issues”


Medicare


Dietery Supplements


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Housing


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Immigration


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Intellectual Property


Electronic Frontier Foundation


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Judicial Nominations


Senate Committee on the Judiciary


current schedule


Executive Business Meeting schedule


Nominations (still listing last Congress)


Search Hearings


Online Library/Document Order


Members link page


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Labor/Employment


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Media/Telecommunications


Common Cause Information is everywhere.


Media Consolidation


mediachannel.org's latest news, and recent archives on Ownership, War and Peace Monitor, and, less reliably, "Mediaocracy"


The Media Access Project


Consumers Union press releases


Ownership information (changes rapidly!)


Columbia Journalism Review Who Owns What (broadcast stations)


Center for Public Integrity Searchable Ownership Database only has lists, not sizes


Media Regulation Timeline


"Big Ten" as of (12/01)


Media Giants as of (2/01)


One of the most important scholars and critics of the grand consolidation is Robert W. McChesney, who also has a good links page.


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Military, “Defense”, “National Security”


National Security  The Email Activist


The Monday Lobby Group


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Social Security


"There Is No Crisis"


"The Fainthearted Faction" of Democrats supporting Social Security "reform"


"The Conscience Caucus" of Republicans opposing Social Security "reform"


SOCIAL SECURITY CRISIS!: The FAQ!  from fafblog


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individual States


EROWID


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Technology Issues


Center for Democracy and Technology


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Veterans


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War on Some Drugs


National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

 --  Current Action Alerts

Drug Policy Alliance  /  Action Center  /  Foundation  /  Lindesmith FoundationLibrary  &  Library search


The Drug Reform Coordination Network


DrugSense: Drug Law Reform - Weekly Newsletter


Marijuana Policy Project

 (primarily state-level)

LEAP: Law Enforcement Against Prohibition - Homepage


Judges Against the Drug War


Families Against Mandatory Minimums


International Antiprohibitionist League


Rapid-navigation portal for drug policy reform sites


DRCNet Online Library of Drug Policy


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Welfare


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Women's Issues


National Organization for Women Legislative Action Center


Feminist Majority Foundation  NewsPress Releases, and  action alerts


Health Care; Reproductive Rights / Abortion


Planned Parenthood Federation

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NARAL Pro-Choice America

 /  NARAL Hub Homepage  /  Federal Legislation  /  Legislative Action Center  /  Save the Supreme Court - Rapid Responder  /  sign up for the Choice Action Network

SIECUS Public Policy


Medical Students for Choice


Catholics for a Free Choice What's New


Abortion Law Development: A Brief Overview




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think tanks & idea sources


Rockridge Institute


Moving Ideas Network


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some reading lists


Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting


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cutting through the media fog


Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting


The Propaganda Mill  from The Email Activist


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a few general gadflies


The Email Activist


Jim Hightower


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some other lists like this one


IQExpress "Resources"


Politics, Freedom & The Law






Compiled by Neil Rest alone.  No other entity, mentioned or referenced here or not (except for encouragement and help from failureisimpossible.com!), is responsible for this list.  None of the people whose hard work is gratefully cited here are responsible for their inclusion.

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