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June 20, 2017

Anthropologists: Time to Take Action!

The new administration has settled in and is now considering a number of proposals that are of concern to the field of anthropology. 

Now is the time for us to roll up our sleeves and get to work. Anthropologists need to come together to stand strongly against these potentially devastating decisions. 

Here’s how you can get involved:

  1. Support the Paris Agreement. Reach out to local elected officials to encourage them to step up where the President isn't on climate. Here are some tips from our partners at March for Science to help: 

    • Contact your Governor to ask him or her to take evidence-based action on climate change in your state.
    • Connect with your local March for Science Satellite and take part in their local actions.
    • Not a U.S. citizen? Contact your nation’s leaders to urge them to remain a part of this historic agreement.
    • Read and share the March for Science statement on this decision here.
    • Share your support for the Paris Agreement on social media by sharing this graphic and using the hashtag #ActOnClimate
  2. Stand for Fulbright. The Fulbright Program is facing an existential threat: The Administration has submitted a budget that would result in a 47% cut to the Fulbright Program for Fiscal Year 2018. A 47% cut would devastate the Fulbright Program, forcing the elimination of many grants and damaging our relationships with host countries. The program as you know it, which changed your life and makes the world safer and more peaceful, would be diminished beyond recognition. Visit the Fulbright website and help maximize our collective potential by signing their petition, writing to your Congressional delegation, and calling their local and Washington offices before June 16.
  3. Tell Congress to oppose the elimination of NEH! The Trump Administration has issued a budget request that calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), along with other cultural agencies. Use the form on the National Humanities Alliance website to ask your Members of Congress to oppose this proposal by email or phone. 

  4. Urge your members of Congress to fund science. Show your support for scientific research by contacting your members of Congress, and urging them support science while they craft their appropriations bills. Use this contact form on the AAAS website.
  5. Protect our National Monuments. President Trump has ordered a review of national monuments designated since 1996. The Department of the Interior is now soliciting public comment on our national monuments. You can read the notice and a list of monuments under review here. The Coalition for American Heritage has prepared draft comments that you can personalize to make your views known on the record. Enter your personal information using the portal below. After submitting your information you will be directed to the draft comments to add your personal message. To ensure consideration, written comments relating to National Monuments must be submitted before July 10, 2017.

  6. Go on record in support of humanities programs. Make sure your members of Congress know how important programs like international education (Title VI and Fulbright Hayes) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) are to your research or institution. Let them know if your institution has benefitted from federal funding for the humanities and share how the work completed with that grant benefits the greater community. 

    • The National Humanities Alliance has resources to help you prepare for your calls including issue briefs, an NEH fact sheet, and images for use on social media as well as a page where you can take direct action in support of humanities funding. 

  7. Attend Town Hall Meetings. One of the most effective tactics we've seen over the years to influence Members of Congress is attending town hall meetings. Find resources to help you prepare and tips for locating a meeting near you on the AAAS website. Follow the Coalition for American Heritage on Facebook for additional updates. 

  8. Register for Advocacy Days. Attending an advocacy day event is an excellent opportunity to receive training and lobby your representatives on behalf of social science research and the humanities.
  9. Use our resources. In the wake of the 2016 US election, AAA has been gathering a variety of resources to support our members. Access those resources on the AAA blog and add resources that fellow anthropologists might find helpful in the comments. 

  10. Get social. The Congressional Management Foundation found that 80% of Congressional staff pay close attention to their constituents on social media. Find your elected officials, including their social media information, and start following them to learn about their priorities, so you are prepared to make the case. Also be sure to follow AAA on Facebook and Twitter and use #AnthroForward for advocacy updates, tools and resources.

  11. Attend the AAA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. AAA encourages its 10,000 worldwide members to come to Washington for our Annual Meeting this November to voice their concerns and criticisms. Holding the meeting in the US capital allows AAA members to engage directly with their representatives, and brainstorm practical academic responses with fellow anthropologists. This is your chance to personally let the government know, in hearable tones, about the pain and suffering it is causing in the US and abroad with its failure to imagine the consequences of its actions.

  12. Stay Engaged After the March for Science. AAA is an official partner organization of the March for Science. Download Building Momentum: Advocacy Resources for Societies here.

Access all of AAA’s advocacy resources on our website.

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