CZ:POL 214: US Political Parties and Interest Groups

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(CC) Photo: Wally Gobetz
K Street, a.k.a. Washington, DC's Lobbying District

Instructor: Shamira Gelbman


Office Hours: T, Th 12:30-1:30 PM in 405 Schroeder Hall

Syllabus available here (pdf)

Project Description

This Eduzendium project is the first of four components of a multi-genre research and writing project (described in full here (pdf)). In addition to writing encyclopedia articles about individual interest groups, POL 214 students will write opinion essays that use their peers' encyclopedia articles as a research springboard, letters to the editor that respond to their peers' opinion essays, and compositions that reflect on their research and writing process. Grant funding to develop this project was provided by the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology at Illinois State University.

What We're Working On

The following is a list of articles that the members of POL 214 will be working on during the Fall 2009 semester. These articles will be closed to editing by other citizens until after the conclusion of the course, though we'd appreciate hearing any comments or suggestions you might have on their respective talk subpages.

  • Stub Interest group [r]: An organization that seeks to represent its members' interests, usually by seeking to influence political and/or public policy outcomes. [e]

  • Developing Article American Cancer Society [r]: American Cancer Society mission statement says “The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.” [e]

  • Developing Article American Farm Bureau [r]: "Farm Bureau is an independent, non-governmental, voluntary organization governed by and representing farm and ranch families united for the purpose of analyzing their problems and formulating action to achieve educational improvement, econmomic opportunity and social advancement and, thereby, to promote the national well-being." [e]

  • Stub American Federation of Teachers [r]: The American Federation of Teachers is a labor union representing 1.4 million education professionals in pre-K, primary, secondary, and higher education, related school personnel; federal, state, and local government employees; and nurses and other healthcare professionals. [e]

  • Stub Americans for Democratic Action [r]: Americans for Democratic Action is a group that was created to preserve the ideals of the New Deal, continue to uphold American values with democratic and liberal views. [e]

  • Developing Article Amnesty International [r]: International non-governmental organisation, founded in London in 1961, which draws attention to human rights abuses and campaigns for compliance with international standards. [e]

  • Bread for the World [r]: Add brief definition or description
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  • Stub Christian Coalition [r]: The Christian Coalition is a grassroots organization that educates people on legislative issues that effect Christian based family values, the organization also lobbies in an effort to promote these values. [e]

  • Stub Federalist Society [r]: A U.S. organization promoting conservative and libertarian positions on legal issues. [e]

  • Stub Feminist Majority Foundation [r]: Working for social, political and economic equality for women by using research and education to improve women's lives. [e]

  • Stub Greenpeace [r]: An organization devoted to environmental activism, founded in the United States and Canada in 1971. [e]

  • Developing Article League of Women Voters [r]: "A non-partisan interest group involved in the political and civic education of women " [e]

  • Stub National Rifle Association [r]: A non-partisan, non-profit American interest group which claims promotion of gun ownership rights, firearm safety education, and marksmanship as its goals. [e]

  • Stub Rock the Vote [r]: This organization was created to empower the American youth population by in the realm of politics by encouraging them to become involved in politics. Incorporating elements of youth culture and an understanding for youth life in America, this interest group informs young people on current political issues, helps youths register, and encourages voting among the youth population. [e]

Who we are

Chad Anderson George Berkheimer Mike Boyd Jon Brinser Miguel Cepeda Lateria Coats Adam Cooper
Andrew Cross Kathleen Daniels Victor De Los Santos Katie Fagan Dylan Ferguson Michelle Flanigan Michael Halpin
Megan Hellesen James Kastanis Eliott Kroll Drew Kunde Tyler Larson Ryan Lippe Melody Mannion
John McAndrews Vince Petrosino Jake Pirtle Michael Pudge Caitlin Ryan Mandy Swartzendruber Dan Thelen
Juan Vargas Kevin Ward David Watt Doris Weil Thomas White Ben Ziegler