Don't just complain to people
who agree with you — get the word out on topics
that you care about! Many people think of themselves
as political or opinionated but don't get their views
out. Most of us talk to our friends who already agree
with us, but it takes extra effort to talk to other people
(family, co-workers, members of social and religious
organizations) and discuss controversial subjects, or
subjects that are important but maybe not as exciting.
You might find that speaking your mind and promoting
discussion with other people can make many topics exciting!
can we expect people to understand us or agree with
us if we don't get the word out? However we do it, let's get loud!
Let's advocate our positions and inform others about our knowledge,
experiences, concerns, ideas, and proposals. Other ideas...
- Call your congressperson or
- Write letters to your local papers and encourage like-minded
people to do so.
- Write an article for your local newspaper.
- Write an article for your organization's
- If you are involved with a church, you can't use church resources
to advocate for or against a party or a candidate, but
many issues are OK to discuss. And you can do non-partisan
voter registration too. Here's more information about church
- Go door to door in a neighborhood where people might not
agree as much.
- In a national election,
volunteer with a party or candidate to support efforts in "swing
states", states that will be particularly important. Get
- Consider donating money to advocacy organizations that you
generally agree with and that seem effective at getting
the word out. Donating your time and skills is important, but
donating money is another way of helping.
- Have a party to discuss an important topic.
Now invite a few people who probably do not agree with you
on everything! Invite people from work or people you meet in
your day-to-day life and convince them that discussion is important.
Involve some take-out food or deliver a pizza and everyone
will have a good time and learn something.
- Get the word out with
- Get the word out with a Political
- Get the word out with a political
or issues-based organization.
- Attend monthly meetings for political
parties and activist organizations.
- Attend monthly meetings
for political office.
- Attend monthly meetings about political
issues. For more, see organizations too.
And if you can't find an organization doing what you want, start