You can start, or restart your life as an active citizen by taking one, or more of the following steps. More may be better.
- watching or attending meetings of your city council or local school board.
- keeping your sense of humor and experiencing some pleasure as you remember that political actions are serious and have important consequences.
- why some believe that each and every public act is political.
- what an active citizen can do to help his or her school district, town, city, state.
- you might do well to start at your local library.
- keeping politically humble, curious, and modest.
- making an opportunity to attend a couple of meetings of civic organizations new to you.
- that you are free to visit political party meetings.
- joining a political party and that it is OK to change parties.
- registering to vote. It can be more interesting to register as a party member.
- getting a better understanding of issues, policies, planks, or even of a specific bill.
- Contacting the office of a specific officeholder and asking what his or her position is on your issue of interest.
- calling the U.S. Capitol switchboard and telling them your zip code. They will transfer you to the office of your Representative. Tell your Representative’s representative what is on your mind, ask your question, or say what it is you want.
- Writing to the office of your Senator. You can check online to find out how to spell his or her name. Address your letter to him at United States Senate, Washington DC 20510.
- Writing to your Congressman by name at United States House of Representatives, Washington DC 20515.
- sitting quietly for a while and letting what you are learning work itself around a bit in your mind. You may be beginning to cook a bit politically
- making time to learn about your county government and state government.
- remembering that no one really has to be politically conscious all the time.
- finding a friend who seems politically knowledgeable or civically interested. You can talk civics, issues of governance and like that. Your librarian could be helpful.
- Your first step takes you half the way.
Thanks for reading citizen!
by Richard Sheehan for Mago Bill