Weekly Resistance: 5 Patriotic Activities for Fourth of July

Happy†July, Care2! If you’re feeling down on the idea of patriotism, think again: This is your chance to define and build the kind of America you want to live in. And since this is a congressional recess, it’s a great time to tell your representatives your thoughts, in person!

You can find information on how to†contact your officials at all levels of government here. As always, if you havenít had a chance yet,†sign up for our newsletter†and stay up-to-date on the latest!

I rounded up five ways you can take action in your community to build a better world together.

1. Join a Protest

Taking to the streets is one way to communicate your frustration, outrage and concern.

Know:

  • Protests large and small are occurring on a nearly weekly basis — some spontaneous and specific to particular regions of the United States; if your community has a public square or other popular gathering place, it may be a hub for events.
  • Information about some protests may spread†by word of mouth rather than online networks, so get connected with activist communities in the physical world — not just on social media.
  • Not all protests take place in person: Coordinated campaigns to call representatives†en masseor do outreach on social media to educate people about issues can be a powerful tool.

Act:†Connect with local activists to learn more about their work and how you can support them. If you join an organization, get familiar with its code of conduct and ethics so you can respect and uphold the group’s values.

2. Question the Trump Administration

Members of the public have been asking hard questions of Trump administration officials when they encounter them in public.

Know:

  • This has triggered a debate over “civility.” Care2′s Llowell Williams has some thoughts about that.
  • Members of the administration in public places like restaurants, airports, and hotels are accountable to the public.
  • Physical violence or threats could make you liable for questioning or arrest.

Act: Familiarize yourself with the faces of the Trump administration: You never know who you might run into!

3. Join a Citizen’s Advisory Committee

Local politics can have a profound impact on people’s lives, whether they’re setting police use-of-force policies or developing recommendations for social housing.

Know:

  • City or county governments often have citizen’s advisory committees who work with experts and officials to develop policy, requiring only a few hours of volunteer work a month — if that.
  • Sometimes members of these committees are elected. For example, hospital boards are often elected, as are committees who provide advice and oversight on how to use special tax revenues.
  • You don’t need special skills or training to serve.

Act: Ask your city or county clerk for a list of local commissions, boards and other entities with civilian members. Browse the list to see if there’s one you’re interested in volunteering with, applying to or running for!

4. Volunteer for a Campaign

It’s crunch time for 2018 midterm campaigns.

Know:

  • If you live in a state with a vulnerable Senate seat, consider volunteering for a Senate campaign. Even if your Democratic senator isn’t your favorite person, it’s critical to avoid losing senate seats, as we’ve seen over the last year.
  • If you’re inspired by a scrappy Congressional candidate, consider†helping them get elected!
  • Campaign volunteers may phonebank, table at events, answer phones in the office, run errands and perform a variety of other tasks.

Act: Look up federal, state and local races in your district to see if there’s a candidate who interests you. Get in touch with their campaign, and if you have special skills — or a lot of time — be sure to mention that!

5. Become a Poll Worker

Many communities have a shortage of poll workers. It’s a great way to get involved in local elections!

Know:

  • Rules for becoming a poll worker vary, but they usually require that you be a registered voter.
  • Poll workers help to set up and take down the polls, in addition to serving voters throughout the day.
  • If you’re multilingual or have technology skills, you may be particularly useful.

Act: Contact your city or country clerk or registrar of voters for information on volunteering as a poll worker. You will need to undergo a brief training, and be aware that you may not necessarily be assigned to your own polling place.

Take Action!

Consider signing the following Care2 petitions right now:

Creating a Care2 petition is easy. If you have an issue you care deeply about, why not start your own petition? Here are†some guidelines to help you get started†and soon the Care2 community will be signing up to support you.

Photo credit: Fibonacci Blue

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Leo C
Leo Custer2 months ago

Thank you for sharing!

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Janis K
Janis K2 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Janet B
Janet B2 months ago

Thanks

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Bill Eagle
Bill Eagle2 months ago

5 good actions to take.

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Lisa M
Lisa M2 months ago

Thanks.

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Lisa M
Lisa M2 months ago

Thanks.

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Larry McDaniel
Larry McDaniel2 months ago

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Kathy G
Kathy G2 months ago

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Danuta W
Danuta W2 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Brian F
Brian F2 months ago

The only thing the corrupt Democrats like Nancy Pelosi who is worth 1 million dollars, care about, is making millions from Wall Street, banks, big pharma, and corporations.

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