How actions work

The basics

At the heart of ActionRising are the specific actions you can take. Every action has a few things in common:

  • A description which you can fill out any way you please, including adding links.
  • A privacy setting used to determine who can see the action.
  • A status indicating whether an action is active or finished. In some cases, actions which turn out to be bad ideas may get the status 'withdrawn'.

Users can take an action by clicking the 'Add to your todo list' button. Once they've done so, they have a number of options. They can write a note to themselves about the action, suggest it to their friends, or make a commitment to take the action by asking a friend to remind them of it. They can comment on the action, flag it if there's a problem with it, and, if the privacy is set to 'public', share it on social media. And, of course, they can mark it as 'done'. This merely says that they've completed the action. It doesn't mark the action as done for anyone else -- even if they created the action.

You can see a list of people taking a given action on that action's page.

Optional features

In addition, there are some optional features that an action may have. Here's the current list -- more are being added all the time!

  • Tags: these indicate what type of action (phone campaign, pledge) or topic (immigration, climate change) it relates to.
  • Location: some actions have locations, allowing users to filter for those in their state or congressional district.
  • Deadlines: some actions have a concrete deadline. When those deadlines pass, those actions no longer show up in search results.

Slates, filters and follows

This site has a number of tools to help you find and manage actions.

One way to curate a list of actions is to create a slate. Slates are lists of actions which can be shared with others, and are often used for events. If you like a given slate, you can choose to follow it, and you'll be notified when new actions are added.

Filters are used to narrow down search results and help you find relevant actions. They're basically a series of search terms which you can save to use later.

In addition to following slates, you can also follow users. By default, this puts their activity in your feed *and* sends you email notifications whenever the user or slate adds a new action, but you can turn off email notifications for this if you find it annoying.


It's a lot to take in, we know! If you still have questions, contact us for help.