@polka dots vs stripes I thought this museum was great: http://www.nelson-atkins.org/
Here's my nitpick: with the caveat that voting in a presidential election is definitely not the end-all, be-all marker of political engagement (but it is something), voter turnout was higher for most racial groups in 2012 than it was in 2004 or 2000, or 1996, so I disagree that "political engagement is at an all time low." http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/05/08/six-take-aways-from-the-census-bureaus-voting-report/
@turnipgreens This organization also seems worthwhile: http://annieslist.com/what-we-do/issues/
The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee is also very well-run and does solid work. http://dlcc.org/
@turnipgreens The Voter Participation Center focuses on registering and encouraging voting of the "Rising American Electorate" http://www.voterparticipation.org/
If you are looking for someplace to locally volunteer, I'd start with the League of Women Voters or the AFLCIO.
@highjump yes of course scheduled phones calls are the civilized option.
@timesnewroman There are a fair number of people in my organization who are not my bosses but who try to give me work. I'm happy to help people with their projects, but only my bosses set my priorities. I don't want to open myself up to having 10 "bosses" and email provides useful documentation of what is being asked of me.
Phone calls are the worst. They are intrusive, rude, and presumptuous. Email lets people think before answering.
@yrouttasight might have been me then! I hope I'm the only one this happens too. since then, I've also gotten Amy Poehler, which is much better. I would be happy to be 10% as funny/successful as either one, though!!
@yrouttasight where did this happen bc maybe that was me?? I did not like that at all.
@teaandcakeordeath I got an email last week that ended with "Please comply" which must be the opposite of "thanks," right?