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About Uphold These Rights

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. --Margaret Mead

One day, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful. –Sigmund Freud

Despair will get us nowhere. What will, and has, is action. Please spread the word!

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MISSION: to make taking action to protect our rights as simple and clear and calming as possible. Explore the topic(s) of most concern to you. Take action. You will feel better! The Nov. midterm elections could enable Democrats to take back the House, which can bring impeachment proceedings against a sitting President. The margins in 2016 were very close. For example, in PA (a swing state), the election was decided by only 7 absentee ballots in each district.

INTEGRITY OF SITE CONTENT. Each topic links to a page offering information and suggestions for actions you can take now to actually make a difference. Assertions are referenced. Charities are vetted through Charity Navigator. Most links land at genuine journalistic or legitimate news research sites (= facts); there are also a few blogger or editorial opinion pieces. Data comes from peer-reviewed journals or governmental research. There is no fake news on this site (see Fake News for tips on how to identify and avoid it). We accept no income from or donations to UpholdTheseRights.

WHO IS UTR? Uphold These Rights was started by a professional in healthcare and education who noticed that most of us were desparate to take action, but didn't know what to do or how. Uphold These Rights provides information and resources for groups (like Indivisible, Swing Left, and Flippable) and for individuals who prefer working alone to take effective political action. Visit often. (You can download the Indivisible Guide here and join or start your own group.)

Need a mood lift? Spend time in nature (even your yard, or a park down the street), and take frequent breaks from the news and (especially) your computer/phone (including this site). Numerous studies have found that computers and smartphones are stimulating to the nervous system, exhausting over time and time spent on social media is positively correlated with depression.

To contact UTR, offer advice, suggestions, and/or help, please email us via our secure email address! UTR does not respond to spam, trolls, or profanity. Threats will naturally be referred to the appropriate criminal justice agency. UTR will respond to every other email that arrives.

NEED QUICK INSPIRATION?

There’s a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in —Leonard Cohen

(Here is Leonard Cohen, singing his beautiful Anthem, from which the above quote was taken.)

Nixon's approval rating when he resigned after 6 years due to Watergate: 28%. Trump's? Of adults, 37% on 8/15/18. (Check here for latest as well as latest forecast for Democrats reclaiming the House--a 3 in 4 chance!)

Trump's disapproval ratings are unprecedented for a POTUS. A comprehensive study of Americans' stress, published every year by the American Psychological Association, found that 59% of us "consider this the lowest point in US history that they can remember--a figure spanning every generation, including those who lived through World War II and Vietnam, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks." A majority of adults from ALL parties say the future of the nation causes them stress.

Trump is failing on all points. Support for Trump amongst all categories of his base is eroding, and there aren't enough of them to keep him in office. The number of registered Republicans has dropped sharply (Gallup), whereas Democrats and Independent voter registration has risen; so when you read "45% of Republicans approve of Trump," remember that only 37% of registered voters are Republican. Besides, bookings at Trump hotels have plummeted since the election (UK Daily Mail). Action works!

<--the Cross of Lorraine, symbol of the French Resistance

Our foundational rights are threatened. Click-Learn-Act to save those you most value:

First Amendment Rights (Free Press, Fake vs. Real News)
Environment (Climate Change, Endangered Species)
Human Rights (
Immigrant, LGBTQ, DACA, Muslim Ban, Voting, Women's, Racism, Sexism)
Public Education (+ college affordability)
Foreign Policy (NSC, UN, NATO, Trump-Russia, nuclear weapons; Preventing War)
Healthcare
(ACA, mental health)

Political Action Primer: What/How (Flip Congress Blue!)

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