It can be daunting to think about all the social, economic, and healthcare challenges that plague our world today, but we can create positive change by first refining how we see the world. Each of us can find an issue that sets our hearts on fire and immerse ourselves in advocating for justice in that area.
The U.S. political process can feel disheartening for both sides because it inherently leads to a compromise, but this compromise is ideally a result of each side being heard. Take some time to consider how you feel called to participate in the democratic system and stand up for issues that are closest to your heart. There are multiple ways to have your voice heard, here are some ideas to help you get started!
- Contact your Senators and Representatives. Give your district state office a call, write to your Congressmen, or attend a town hall meeting. Calling your Senators and Representatives is one of the most effective strategies for having your voice heard. The sheer volume of calls in a short period of time in response to a proposed piece of legislation or an executive order can bring attention to an issue. Here’s where you can find contact information for your Senators and Representatives, give them a call today!
- Write to the White House, the Speaker of the House, and/or the House Minority Leader. Writing to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, Speaker Paul Ryan, and Ms. Nancy Pelosi is easy. Be sure to include your zip code and city and state of residence in the letter. Contact information below.
President Donald J. Trump
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan
1233 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
233 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
- Launch a petition. Check out MoveOn.org, which provides a platform for starting or signing a petition for national issues you feel drawn to.
- Start a larger movement. The Women’s March on Washington, potentially the largest one-day demonstration in the history of the U.S., emerged from a single Facebook post and became a worldwide movement in support of women’s rights. From getting a small group of people together to attend a town hall meeting to starting a letter writing campaign, consider ways of how you can initiate or join a group response to a bill or executive order.
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