Democracy can only be achieved if we, as citizens, communicate with our representatives as to what we look for in our country. Whether you are a Democrat, Republican, or Independent, you can be politically active in many different ways including…
- Donate to organizations that support your beliefs.
- There are plenty of organizations out there that push government to pass specific laws favoring their mission. A few examples include, Planned Parenthood, the National Rifle Association (NRA), National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA). By donating to these organizations, it gives them more stability, which leads their success (and ultimately the success of your political belief).
- Participate in the 10 actions – 100 actions initiative.
Women’s March on Washington has created an awesome campaign, making it easy for anyone to become involved politically. They post a new task every ten days, allowing people to express what they want achieved in government. The first task is to write a postcard to your senator about any issue you feel strongly about. There will be a total of ten task, totaling to the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency. The website is https://www.womensmarch.com/.
- Consider attending peaceful protests.
- Peaceful protests are a great way to bring attention to any concerns you have with the country or even the world. You can easily find marches/protests on Facebook by searching for the events. Several examples include: the Immigrant’s March at the National Mall in Washington DC on May 6th and a People’s Climate March on April 29th in various locations.
- Pay attention to local politics.
- Believe it or not, local government can affect your life more than the federal government can. The politicians in our state have the ability to make many decisions about education, taxes, and other implied powers that are not given directly to the national government in the Constitution. So, make sure you read up on candidates for positions such as mayor, senator, representative, and governor because they more closely represent you than the president.
- Contact local politicians!
- Going off of being more knowledgeable about local politics, contact your local representatives. You have the ability to call any politician about something you are not happy with, and they will be notified by their staff. Their job is to represent you, and you will make their job a bit easier by letting them know exactly what you think. I will list below the phone numbers to New Jersey’s senators.
- Senator Menendez: (973) 645-3030
- Senator Booker: (973) 623-0692