How to Fight Corruption in Your Community

International Anti-Corruption Day falls on December 9. Here are some tips for citizens who want to fight corruption in their local communities.

1. Support a free press.

Reporting on city council and other public meetings may seem dry, but it’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 purpose wind up where they should.

3. Speak out at public comment.

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

You can usually hold the 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 group launched 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 is by signing a petition. Thankfully, Care2 offers a key platform for creating and signing petitions that 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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Just H2 months ago

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

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Peggy B2 months ago

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Winn Adams
Winn A2 months ago

Thanks!

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Anne M2 months ago

No 5 is no problem...

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Angeles M
Angeles M2 months ago

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Stephanie s2 months ago

Definitely stay involved anyway possible. Thank you

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