How to Fight Corruption in Your Community

International Anti-Corruption Dayfalls on December 9.Here are some tipsfor citizenswho want to fight corruption in their local communities.

1. Support a free press.

Reporting on city council and other public meetingsmay seem dry, butit’s an essential part of our democracy.

While citizen blogs can be an important voice of the local people, professional journalists can dive even deeper.

2. Stay informed.

Consider subscribing to your local paper to stay updated on community events and support smaller media outlets.

Also,remember that public records are for everyone — not just journalists — to access. As Transparency.org recommends, “Follow the money.” Make sure the funds allocated for a purposewind up where they should.

3. Speak out at public comment.

Unlike at higher levels of government, cityofficialsare generally accessible. Consider contacting your local representative or attending a government meeting — many offer a designated slot when you can comment.

You canusuallyholdthe floor for about three minutes. Remember to do your homework, stay respectful and focus on one key issue.

4. Connect to local organizations.

Is there a particular aspect of corruption that intrigues you? Get in touch with a regional organization that’s tackling the problem.

Take New York. According to a University of Missouri study,the state has the most corrupt officeholders in all of the United States. Groups like Reclaim New York are working to counter that troubling statistic.

The grouplaunched an “online transparency platform” this March where citizens can rate the transparency of their governments, encouraging policymakers to stay honest.

5. Sign a petition.

Another simple way to take action isby signing a petition. Thankfully, Care2 offers a key platform for creating and signing petitionsthat you care about.

These are just a few of the many ways to fight corruption locally — so let’s get started!

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28 comments

Just Human
Just Human21 hours ago

Get involved in local politics and speak up. Amazing things can grow out of grass roots efforts.

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Peggy B
Peggy Byesterday

TY

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Winn Adams
Winn A1 days ago

Thanks!

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Anne M
Anne M2 days ago

No 5 is no problem...

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Angeles M
Angeles M2 days ago

Thank you

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Stephanie s
Stephanie s2 days ago

Definitely stay involved anyway possible. Thank you

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Cruel J
Cruel J2 days ago

Hard to believe I am involved in all those things since I HATE leaving the sanctuary, but speaking out at the commissioner's meeting helped convince them to ban dog chaining so it was worth it. It ALWAYS is.

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pam w
pam w2 days ago

Let me add another one.....VOTE!

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Freya H
Freya H2 days ago

Remember Margaret Mead's quote about "a small group of thoughtful, committed people." Keep fighting like lions for net neutrality. Pester your (alleged) representatives in government, spread the word, get others involved, sign petitions - yes, they do work - make sure all your progressive kith and kin are registered to vote, and get your buns to the polls! Rotten people get elected when good people don't vote, and the travesty known as the 2016 US Presidential election proves it. Demonstrations and protests do help because they are visible to lots of people, and can inspire at least a few people to do something. If nothing else, the media love 'em.

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Janet B
Janet B2 days ago

Thanks

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