Deadline: through June 26, and even after – Do you have a favorite Presidential candidate yet? Do you know where the candidates stand on the big issues – and if you do, do you know it from their own statements?
Many of the candidates, to our dismay, haven’t taken a stand or enunciated a plan on some of the major issues facing us: climate change, endless war, women’s or LGBTQ+ rights, and more. We know: you’d probably vote for Godzilla over the Current Occupant. But we’re betting you’d rather make a more refined decision.
What you can do:
Let’s call (or email, or tweet, or your platform of choice) them on it.
Step one: Check what they say – or don’t say.
Below you’ll find a list of some of our top priorities – not meant to be exclusive! – and a list of the candidates’ websites. Do some cross-referencing. Start with your own favorite candidate, if you have one, and move on to others from there: What do the candidates say about your key issues, in how much detail, and how easy is it to find? A general rule for candidates’ sites: the easier something is to find on a site, the more important it is to the candidate.
Step two: Tell the candidates what you think.
To say what we all know: Candidates have been known to change their positions based on pressure. Are you pleased with the priority they’re giving your issues and what they’re saying? Thank them. Have they failed to address an issue? Demand that they address it, and tell them what you hope they’ll say. Have they taken a position you don’t like? Tell them. Especially tell the candidates if their position, or lack of a position, makes the difference between you supporting them, opposing them, or considering supporting someone else. After all, it’s all about getting your vote!
We’ve made it easy for you to contact the candidates. Click on their names in the list below to get to their campaign websites, which have ways you can contact them; we also list their campaigns’ facebook pages and twitter accounts.
Step three: Get your friends involved.
Got friends who don’t like the Current Occupant? Of course you do! Invite them to join you in the research. Encourage each other to speak up. You don’t even have to favor the same candidate to all support the work of pushing the candidates to take positions you want on the issues you care about.
And use your own social media. Try this cool tool from Indivisible National: you record a video telling the presidential candidates what you want to hear from the debate stage, and they’ll format and subtitle it and send you a link that you can spread by email and on your social media.
Step four: Let us know how it’s going!
We’d like to know who you’ve contacted on what issues, and if you hear back from them. Email us at email@example.com
Our (non-exclusive) list of priority issues, in alphabetical order:
- Climate change
- Economic justice
- Election security
- Endless war
- LGBTQ+ rights
- Reproductive rights
- Science and technology
- Social justice
- Voters’ rights
- Women’s rights
The candidates, in alphabetical order (their names are links to their campaign websites).
- Michael Bennet; facebook; twitter
- Joe Biden; facebook; twitter
- Bill de Blasio; facebook; twitter
- Cory Booker; facebook; twitter
- Steve Bullock; facebook; twitter
- Pete Buttigieg; facebook ; twitter
- Julián Castro; facebook; twitter
- John Delaney; facebook ; twitter
- Tulsi Gabbard; facebook ; twitter
- Kirsten Gillibrand; facebook; twitter
- Mike Gravel; facebook; twitter
- Kamala Harris; facebook; twitter
- John Hickenlooper; facebook; twitter
- Jay Inslee; facebook; twitter
- Amy Klobuchar; facebook; twitter
- Wayne Messam; facebook; twitter
- Seth Moulton; facebook; twitter
- Beto O’Rourke; facebook ; twitter
- Tim Ryan; facebook; twitter
- Bernie Sanders; facebook; twitter
- Eric Swalwell; facebook; twitter
- Elizabeth Warren; facebook; twitter
- Marianne Williamson; facebook; twitter
- Andrew Yang; facebook; twitter
Graphic “Debate picture” by Blok Glo