Keeping up with the chaos train of national headlines can cause plenty of anxiety these days. Often our self defense mechanisms kick in and we lash out at friends and family on Facebook or hide our heads in the sand to escape it all. But, there hasn’t been a better time in recent memory to get involved and take action toward stronger communities and a better society.
While certainly imperfect, our democratic form of government allows anyone to get involved. Too often we blame “them,” or “those people,” forgetting that the people we elect and the people who help get them elected are humans too, molded from the same clay. And “those people” could be you!
Here are some important things to remember which will help us take back control and relieve some of that anxiety:
- Get close and stay close to the problems you want to solve.
- To change things, you have to change the narrative; you have to do things differently.
- Hope is your superpower. This is not being ignorant of problems, but about finding strength to overcome them.
- To make change we have to take action which is not always easy or comfortable.
We Got This
It’s true, sometimes we look at our government and only see money, power, and corruption. But the worst solution is to stay home and do nothing. There is actually a trove of recent evidence showing that people are making a difference in our country by getting involved. We’re overcoming the money, power, and corruption simply by outnumbering it in brute force.
Local Action is Where the Action Is
Despite all the positive signs of a social uprising, the desire to abstain from party politics is understandable. With the issues in the national Democratic party in 2016, and the lack of Republicans willing to stand up to their leader, it’s hard to imagine either party being worthy of your efforts.
The great news is that, on the local level, things are very different. In the past the Democratic party has made the mistake of focusing too much on the national scene and neglecting our local communities. This is rapidly changing. All of the positive bullet points listed above are a result of people like you getting involved at the local level. The national Democratic party is encouraging and supporting this action, because the new leadership recognizes that the power of a movement comes from us — from you, here in your community.
Next time you catch that infuriating news headline or feel an urge to send out an angry Facebook post, think about getting involved. In Saratoga County we are organizing under a very broad and inclusive Democratic banner. We have a wide spectrum of amazing individuals with very different perspectives, but a common vision and desire for a better society.
What You Can Do
Remember that your government does not have to be controlled by “those people”. You can get it back and take control simply by outnumbering them. Because of the way our democracy is designed, if enough of us take matters into our own hands there is nothing that money and power can do to stop us.
Send us your name and email to get involved here and make sure to keep up to date by joining our Facebook page. Our next public event is Jan 29th.
Also, check out these organizations for more ideas:
+ Citizens Acting Together for NY District 21
+ Flippable: Flip State Goverments
+ Swing Left: Get involved to support swing districts (there are some in upstate NY).
+ Project 100: Elect women representatives.
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