Key Resources

Voter Education & Information

C-SPAN
C-SPAN is a private, non-profit company, created in 1979 by the cable television industry as a public service whose mission is to provide public access to the political process. The C-SPAN website contains a wealth of information including video of Congressional hearings related to a number of federal policy issues.

Glossary of CA State Legislative Abbreviations
Provides an overview of abbreviations commonly used in the CA State Assembly

Glossary of US Congress Legislative Terms
Provides an overview of terms commonly used in the US Congress

GovTrack
Provides an overview of which bills and resolutions on House and Senate calendars

National Journal Group
National Journal Group is the leading source of nonpartisan reporting on the current political environment and emerging policy trends

The National Conference of State Legislatures
The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation’s 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. The NCSL website provides research and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues.

THOMAS
THOMAS was launched in January of 1995, at the inception of the 104th Congress. The website provides detailed federal legislative information to the public

US Congress
Platform allows users to look up full congressional information related to congressional legislation, reports, publications, and records

Voter Registration Dates/ Guidelines
Look-up voter registration deadlines by state.

Engaging Elected Officials

Debating for Democracy (D4D) Winning Letters of 2019
Students at Periclean colleges and universities were encouraged to write a letter to a federal or state elected official on a public policy issue that impacts their community. In February, student teams mailed their letters to their elected officials and also submitted copies to Project Pericles. A panel of judges with substantial legislative experience selected these five finalist letters which provide successful examples; winning teams for most recent year were Pitzer College and Whitman College.

Effective Communication With Elected Officials – Tips And Tricks From Those On The Inside – D4D
Earlham College juniors David Schutt and Clara Stuligross recently completed a video on how to communicate effectively with elected officials. Schutt and Stuligross emphasize that elected officials pay attention to constituents who reach out to them. By engaging with elected officials, individuals and groups can have a significant impact on issues – a view that echoes the underlying philosophy of the D4D Program. In the video, Representative Tonko comments, “Constituent interaction is absolutely critical. It’s not only helpful; it’s essential.”

Organizations to Know

College for All Coalition
The College for All Coalition is a multiracial, statewide, and community-led coalition in California that seeks to promote social justice in public higher education, including advocating for reinvestment in public higher education to promote increased access, affordability, diversity, and equity. Founded in 2015, the Coalition now includes over 60 diverse organizations representing community, education, student, parent, labor, faith, and civil rights groups.

IE Rise
IE RISE is led by a broad and diverse group of leaders in the Inland Empire region of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, united in the commitment to an inclusive, sustainable, and equitable future for the region. The leadership group draws heavily from the cross-regional and cross-sector collaboration of Census 2020 outreach, IE COVID Response, as well as other collective efforts in the region. Sky Allen serves as the coordinator for IE RISE, and can be contacted at sky@ierise.org

Latino Round Table
The Latino/a Roundtable of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valley works to improve quality of life and socio-economic justice for the Latinx community and those facing inequities through advancing education, leadership development, and civic participation.