These resources are helpful to our mission:
Writing OpEds That Make A Difference—Guidance in writing effective Op-ed materials.
District Four Coalition for Change is a grassroots movement established to educate, motivate and mobilize citizens of U.S. Congressional District 4 NJ—Assigned to Congressman Chris Smith—to be active citizens.
OFA is committed to mobilizing and training the next generation of progressive organizers and leaders, because real, lasting change doesn’t just happen on its own—it requires a program, it requires organizing, and it requires people like you.
MoveOn is the largest independent, progressive, digitally-connected organizing group in the United States.
Relying on the Freedom of Information Act and other public records laws, American Oversight does the job that Congress refuses to do, exposing unethical conduct throughout this administration and demanding investigations.
Tax March is standing together with a common belief in the value of transparency in government, and fairness in taxation.
The Center for Responsive Politics is a non-profit, nonpartisan research group based in Washington, D.C., that tracks the effects of money and lobbying on elections and public policy. Its website, OpenSecrets.org, allows users to track federal campaign contributions and lobbying by lobbying firms, individual lobbyists, industry, federal agency, and bills.
Use GovTrack to track legislation being debated in the United States Congress, and see how your representatives voted.
Countable.us —makes it quick and easy to understand the laws Congress is considering. They also streamline the process of contacting your lawmaker, so you can tell them how you want them to vote on bills under consideration.
USAFacts is a new data-driven portrait of the American population, our government’s finances, and government’s impact on society.
Media bias / fact check estimates the bias of more than 1,900 media sources.
League of Women Voters of New Jersey — The League of Women Voters of New Jersey (LWVNJ) advocates for certain legislation after careful study and consensus of our members.
New Jersey State Legislature — Information on bills past, present, and future in the New Jersey State Legislature
Indivisible NJ 4th — An active local indivisible organization representing the 4th congressional district.
The Eagleton Institute of Politics of Rutgers University explores state and national politics through research, education, and public service, linking the study of politics with its day-to-day practice.
Plan for the United States redistricting in 2022.
The Greater Red Bank Women's Initiative was formed in late 2016 and has been built on giving expression to as many as possible.
The Brennan Center for Justice is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice.
Local Political Party Affiliates
Monmouth County Democrats: http://www.monmouthdems.org/
Monmouth County Democratic Caucuses (including Progressive Caucus): http://www.monmouthdems.org/caucuses
Ocean County Democrats: http://www.oceancountydems.org/
Also check out your municipal branches, such as:
Monmouth County Republicans: http://monmouthrepublican.org/
Ocean County Republicans: http://www.oceancountygop.com/ocgop/
Other Partisan Political Groups
Action Together New Jersey:
Monmouth County: https://www.facebook.com/action2getherMC/
District 4 Coalition for Change: https://www.facebook.com/district4coalition/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED&fref=nf
Justice Democrats – this organization wants a Democratic Party that doesn’t cater to corporate donors:
Progressive National Organizations and their Local Affiliates:
American Civil Liberties Union:
Black Lives Matter: http://blacklivesmatter.com/
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW): https://www.citizensforethics.org/
Common Cause: http://www.commoncause.org/
League of Women Voters:
Move On: https://www.facebook.com/moveon/
Move to Amend – this organization wants an amendment to the Constitution that explicitly spells out that money is not speech and corporations are not people:
National Organization for Women:
Sunlight Foundation – this organization wants to make government more accountable and transparent:
Wolf-PAC – this organization wants free and fair elections:
Organizations Working to Maintain Separation of Church and State and to Advocate for Human Rights
American Atheists: https://www.atheists.org/
American Humanist Association: https://americanhumanist.org/
Legal Branch of the AHA: http://www.humanistlegalcenter.org/
Americans United for the Separation of Church and State: https://www.au.org/
Center for Inquiry: http://www.centerforinquiry.net/
Freedom from Religion Foundation: https://ffrf.org/
Media, the Arts and Humanities
Committee to Protect Journalists: https://cpj.org/
Democracy Now - Independent Global News: https://www.democracynow.org/
National Endowment for the Arts: https://www.arts.gov/
National Endowment for the Humanities: https://www.neh.gov/
National Public Radio:
Public Broadcasting Service:
Thom Hartmann – a progressive radio host: https://www.thomhartmann.com/
Miscellaneous Local Groups
Red Bank Affordable Housing: http://www.rbahcorp.com/index.html
Del Otro Lado - go fund me campaign - this is a group of young local people who want to start a bilingual resource network for the Latino community:
Local Environmental Groups
American Littoral Society: http://www.littoralsociety.org/
Bayshore Regional Watershed Council: http://www.restoreraritanbay.org/
Clean Ocean Action: http://cleanoceanaction.org/index.php?id=334
Climate Action New Jersey (This might be a private group):
Greater Red Bank Women’s Initiative (Has a great calendar of activities):
Monmouth Community Climate Coalition (MC3):
NY NJ Baykeeper
Rally for the Navesink:
National Environmental Groups with Local Presence
Citizens Climate Lobby:
Clean Water Action:
League of Conservation Voters:
Other Environmental Groups
The Climate Portal (LOTS of information! Dr. Jan Dash’s site.): http://climate.uu-uno.org/
Climate Truth: http://climatetruth.org/
Environment New Jersey: http://www.environmentnewjersey.org/home
Natural Resources Defense Council: https://www.nrdc.org/
The Story of Stuff Project: http://storyofstuff.org/
An informative tutorial on greenhouse gas emissions standard in the United States.