he outcome of the U.S. election left many of us upset, afraid and frankly confused. While it’s easy to sit back and grumble with your friends about the impending global crisis, it is necessary to attach action to those complaints and to facilitate change. As students with busy lives and full schedules, we don’t have the time to dedicate ourselves to a political revolution. So, instead of feeling helpless, here are three simple actions you can take to make your voice heard outside of your close friend group.
- Sign up for Daily Action.
Daily Action is a text based service that sends you a link to contact an appropriate
member of congress, based on your area code. To sign up, text DAILY to 228466 (A-C-T-I-O-N). Making a short phone call every morning expressing your opinion to a relevant government official can have a major impact when done on a large scale. Find out more at: dailyaction.org
- Download the 5 Calls app.
This is an easy way to figure out what the pressing issues are, and the app even gives you a sample script before connecting you with your specific elected officials.
- If you’re from the U.S., enter into your contacts the phone numbers of your two U.S. senators and one representative (Washington, D.C. and local office). While this may not seem like a big deal, it makes calling easier when you get fired up about an issue.
Wall-of-us.org is another website with suggestions for actions to take based on specific issues. I highly recommend visiting this website if you are passionate about facilitating change and looking for an outlet to make your voice heard.
It is important to remember that as hopeless as a situation may seem, even the smallest actions have the potential to make a difference. Complacency is complicity: If you feel strongly about an issue, take action.