So, my friends, the app idea I described two posts ago is now officially on indefinite hiatus. Without funding, we can't move it forward. But, to my own surprise, I don't feel like curling up into a ball and sobbing for a week, because there are other guides out there, and people are using them, and they're working. Everyone who cares about these things knows about Indivisible by now, and what a phenomenal job that small group of dedicated young people has done in training the opposition to adapt and use Tea Party tactics against this administration. And remember how, shortly after the election, the ACLU tweeted that if Trump violated the Constitution, they would see him in court? Well, they were every bit as good as their word, and I have complete faith that they're going to continue to be. (Plus, as an added bonus for lawyers like me, they actually make our profession look heroic! How often does that happen??)
As far as the specific purpose Call to Action was intended to serve - putting access to their Representatives at millennials' fingertips - there are other groups that are doing that. Check out Countable.com. That site has a lot of bells and whistles which millennials (and others) might find overwhelming, but it's full of valuable news and information, and if you do a little looking on the site it's not hard to figure out how to step up and make your voice heard. If you prefer to use a simpler tool, try https://5calls.org. It's not an app, but it does almost exactly what our app would have done: give the user up-to-the-minute information about the latest government outrages, and tell him or her the most productive options for getting involved.
I'm sad about Call to Action, but much less sad than I would have been if there was a dire need for its existence but we couldn't get it off the ground. But people around the country - red states, blue states - are rising up and shouting: Not on my watch, Trump. If you want to go after the poorest, the sickest, the most vulnerable members of our society - and you've made it crystal clear that you do - you're going to have to go through me first. BRING IT ON.