Hi! I was just wondering if you had any suggestions on how to become more involved politically? I'm a student at a small university and I was a member of the college democrats club, but the club kind of fell apart and no longer exists. I know I need to be politically active beyond voting but I feel overwhelmed and I don't really know where or how to start? Any advice would be really appreciated. I'm sorry if this is a dumb question, but you seemed like the best person to ask about it.
It’s not a dumb question at all! I wish I’d saved some of my older posts for you to read because I’ve been asked this before and gave a pretty detailed response. But that was months ago so they’re gone now :/
The way I got involved at first was just by watching the news, honestly. I mean, I don’t really watch it that much now, but I used to every night. Every now and then these days I’ll catch Nicolle Wallace or Rachel Maddow or Lawrence O’Donnell on tv, and I watch clips from Joy Reid’s show online, but that’s about it.
Aside from my Apple News push notifications, I get all of my news from Twitter, honestly. I follow a lot of news outlets, journalists, reporters, politicians, and activists, so I almost always know what’s going on and find articles and such through there. It’s far better than Tumblr because these people are far more educated and actually work in the field they’re talking about, lmao. I’d suggest anyone on here that cares about social justice and politics to get their information from verified and credible users on Twitter instead of from here.
I’d asked a while back if anyone wanted me to make a list of my “must-follows” but can’t remember if anyone ever said yes, lmao.
⬆️⬆️ If anyone is interested in me doing this, let me know. ⬆️⬆️
There are loads of ways to get involved beyond just staying informed. Here are some organizations you can check out to see if they’re something you can get involved in in some way:
- SwingLeft - an organization with the goal of flipping the House back to Democratic control. Get matched with a swing district in your area and help flip it, whether it’s volunteering for the campaign or just making donations.
- Flippable - an organization working to flip state legislatures back to Democratic control. State legislatures are important (sometimes more important than the federal government) so it’s vital that we win back as many state legislatures as we can, and hold on to ones we currently control.
- Indivisible Guide - almost like a one-stop-shop. They have their guide on how we can best replicate the Tea Party’s success re: getting Congress to listen to groups of citizens on the ground, as well as loads of other things like call scripts, events, etc. They even have a calendar to show you what Congress is up to on what days.
- 5 Calls - gives call scripts tailored for specific issues. Calling your representatives is probably the best way to make your voice heard, and 5 Calls makes it easy. Just plug in your zip code, pick the issue you want to call about, and you’re ready to go!
- Town Hall Project - tells you when a town hall is happening in your area so you can show up and hold your representatives accountable in person. A lot of Republican lawmakers aren’t holding town halls, so constituents are doing it instead and even some Dem. lawmakers are “adopting a district” and holding town halls when their Republican colleagues won’t.
- And then of course, if you’re comfortable in that kind of environment, you can attend a protest or a march. But marching can’t be the only thing that you do, because the effects of protests only go so far.
At the end of the day, you do what you think is best for you. Not everyone can do everything, but anything you choose to do is better than you not doing anything. Don’t try to do everything at once if you can’t handle it/get overwhelmed, because you don’t want to stress yourself out, get burned out, and not be able to contribute in any way. And unplug sometimes. I myself have a hard time with this every now and then, but I have to remind myself that if I miss something, I have to trust that someone else noticed it and did something about it. And you can always catch up when you plug back in.