Grassroots organizer offers tips for making a difference, promoting liberty with a busy schedule
Americans everywhere are busier than ever. Families, work and social engagements can be all-consuming, and the prospect of getting involved in public policy beyond voting every few years can seem intimidating or impossible for most people.
The good news is that if you’re passionate about the causes that impact your family, community and nation, it couldn’t be easier for you to get involved and make a difference. One of our fantastic team members at the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, Melissa Fausz, recently shared her tips for making a difference in your community, simply by “Speaking Up and Speaking Out”.
Melissa’s first tip for making a difference is the easiest of all: simply staying informed. The Internet makes keeping track of what public officials, the media and politically-active groups and individuals are talking about and doing fast and easy. Melissa suggests following your state and local legislatures through their websites, and utilizing social media sites and email updates to keep up with your representatives and the news.
You can also have an impact on the policies that affect you simply by contacting your local public officials and representatives directly. While this might sound intimidating, Melissa suggests a few easy ways to make your voice heard, including public testimony, media advocacy and grassroots organizing.
Public testimony just means showing up at public forums, like school board meetings, and making your voice heard. This can be an incredibly important approach, because it puts you face-to-face with community leaders in a way that ensures your views will be considered. An even easier (and less intimidating) approach is media advocacy, which simply means using traditional or social media as a megaphone to amplify your voice. This could mean writing a letter to the editor, a blog post or an informed Facebook status or tweet.
For those who want to get involved at deeper level, Melissa recommends grassroots organizing. While this may sound like something limited to political professionals, in reality grassroots organizing is simply getting together with like-minded people to work together for the same cause.
At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that whether you’re busy at work or at home, it has never been easier to have an impact on causes you care about. You don’t have to be a professional grassroots organizer to be an active and important part of the policymaking process. If you’re passionate about liberty, free markets and personal freedom, you can make an immediate difference in your community through advocacy, even with a busy schedule.