How to get politically involved

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

This is about political capital. Every call you make to an elected official’s office is tabulated on the issue. Letters and comments aren’t often tabulated the same way.

protesting or attending town halls to ask questions, these things get news coverage, which drives down political capital, which means republicans have less ability to pass new legislation. This is the goal.

For example, their “replace” Obamacare version that came out today is heartbreaking. A penalty on top of an ongoing price hike if you don’t have insurance, or have a gap. Taking away the tax deduction, etc.

call, go to town halls — be seen, be heard. That’s where the power is. The media are truly impressed with the crowd sizes and the people at the town halls. It is a story for them, and as long as they are writing that story, it’s harder for horrible laws to be passed in congress.

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

You could stand on a street corner and shout hateful remarks at anyone you think might be a Trump supporter. Tell them how they disgust you and how much better you are than they. Show the world how fabulous you are. 

Post # 21
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Bumble bee

younikkitome :  Sister Districts keeps you informed and in the know about any special elections coming up across the U.S. and the candidates.

The biggest thing I’ve done is “pick a lane” so to speak in activism. My home state currently has a grassroots initiative that’s sole focus is gerrymandering so that’s one I’ve put my local energy into. I also have to understand the limitation of my activism: I can’t get involved in all of it and I don’t have the kind of money to give to all organizations but I pick one maybe two to jump into.

Joining a local chapter of your political group is also helpful to stay informed and keep abreast of the conversation moving forward for the midterm election in 2018. That will be an important election and we’ll need all hands on deck for that.

Also keep in mind, this is a marathon, not a sprint. It’s going to take a lot of time, and we’re going to lose a lot of battles. But pick an issue or a cause and focus there and as midterms draw closer see what you can do to get involved, even if you are considered to be in a “safe” district. Make is a resounding win then and be part of it if you can.

And make SURE you vote in 2018. At the absolute very least.

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

mcmeow :  weren’t you the one arguing with someone who is actually in the oil business on another thread? Where you were trying to “school her up” as if she doesn’t know way more than you about oil pipelines? … Yeah, and I’m seeing something “obvious” here,  too. Lol

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

jannigirl :  lol what is with people like you and being sheep. No I was not trying to “school her up”. You shouldn’t be afraid to question people. This is a thread where people are sharing information to make a positive difference in their communities, it helps both republicans, democrats and other. You coming here pretending to be a victim and providing nothing to the conversation makes you an obvious dumbass.

This thread is not about arguing with trump people, you guys are blind as f*ck and will never change, we get that. So if you have nothing to add to the conversation why are you here?

edited for clarity.

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Sorry for feeding the troll.

When it gets closer to the midterm elections, phone bank!! Most people don’t know about elections outside the presidential one. I don’t know a good site for this yet. The Bernie campaign had an easy and awesome one. Also I really hope the Democrats have learned from the last election (spoiler alert: they haven’t) so it’s really up to the people to make a change.

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Aussie Bee here, but I get involved by donating to causes of my choice, attending protests, and signing petitions which are sent to my local MP. I also volunteer for the Australian Sex Party at state and federal elections (mostly distributing how to vote cards). Perhaps there is something similar you can do for a party or candidate you support?

Post # 27
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Sugar bee

jannigirl :  Democracy needs a multitude of views or it wouldn’t be a democracy.

Perhaps you would like to be involved in activism too.

Post # 29
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Helper bee

Thanks for all of the great info! 

It’s also great to support businesses that have taken a stand and let them know why. I am not a huge coffee drinker, but I have made it a point to stop by a Starbucks here and there to purchase something. I always let them know why I am there, and they have, without exception, said that they get tons of positive comments every day.

 

 

Post # 30
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

Wow. How did positive political engagement get conflated with yelling at trump supporters on a street corner? This mentality explains a lot.

No one on this thread was yelling at anyone. Ffs. This is gettting old. 

But I’ll just say this for the record. I do think people who deal with facts instead of self pity and alternative facts are better suited to run the free world. I won’t apologize for that or be made to feel guilty for having a level of expectation. 

I also expect the person to work for this country and not be a pawn of Putin. 

These expectations are basic. 

Carry on with your positive thread, OP. I’m so encouraged to see the women in here wanting to get involved! 

Also seconding Katie-Didnt :  re working to address gerrymandering. This is something president Obama is going to use his organizational skills to tackle, which signals it’s a big problem. 

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