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Open source homepages for local activism

When it comes to activism, a lack of practical information is the greatest barrier to action.

I'm in the process of developing a homepage for activism for the city that I went to college in, New Haven. This would serve as a resource providing information on local representatives, social justice organizations, events, and journalism. The information will be curated by a team whose goal is to provide unbiased access to information on all sides of any local issue. The goal is to eliminate any barriers an individual might face from taking local action. Once completed, the stack for this website will be completely open source and available for others who want to make similar resources available in their respective areas.

 

Focusing local

In the wake of the 2017 presidential election, there was a massive movement toward collective action. When discussing the state of affairs with friends and family, everyone seemed to say:

I just don’t know what to do

How can I contribute? Who should I call? What's happening when? Where? What should I read? These and so many other questions are some of the biggest and most insidious roadblocks we face. They quell activism because people don't even know where to begin.

Thanks to social media and broadcast news, information about activism on the national level is relatively accessible. In neighborhoods and towns, however, things move to quickly and quietly for everyone who would like to be involved to hear about it.

What we need is a universal local homepage for activism, a first step that anyone anyone anywhere can take so that they can start making an impact.

 

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Accessibility and neutrality

One of my most central concerns in designing this platform is ensuring that is accessible to all. Simplicity is key here. There is no need to be tech savvy. I took efforts to make sure that every interaction is Section508 compliant for the visually impaired. The interface is driven primarily by icons and logos, so that one does not need to be able to read to take action. All colors were tested to be color-blind friendly. The final product will be outfitted with audio guides for the blind.

Final Note

Unfortunately, this is just a work in progress. I'm doing my best to keep developing the idea while juggling work and life. Of course, reach out if you'd like to hear more or help out. Thanks so much!