Since the presidential elections, people have come to realize how important it is to be an ACTIVE participant in our democracy. The challenge can be finding time to do it.
That is why I recently joined a local, political huddle group and explored the best ways to be involved with politics, using my smartphone.
ResistBot is a tool enabling anyone to contact their legislators on any issues in less than two minutes – without any download or mobile app. All you have to do is text “RESIST” to 50409 to find out who represents you in congress. Thereafter, you can send ResistBot the message that you want to share with legislators. It accepts your messages. It lets you preview messages before they’re sent — and it delivers each message as letters. Using ResistBot, friends and I recently made our opinions known on topics that include:
- HR 861 Terminate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education
- HR 899 Terminate the U.S. Department of Education
- HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife
- HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act
- HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood
- HR 785 National Right To Work
- HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill
- HR 147 “Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”
- HR 808 Sanctions against Iran
The Congress.Gov website, shown in each of the links above, makes it easy to find legislation related to the topics you care most about. You can even subscribe to topics to ensure you’re informed of the latest legislative initiatives. For example, I subscribed to topics associated with Homelessness and other issues.
If you don’t want to leverage ResistBot and the congressional website, The Countable app for iPhone or Android is a great option. Like the Countable website, these apps make it easy to learn about issues and bills that are currently in the news, in a non-partisan way, and share your opinions with legislators and peers.
Don’t want to go it alone? You can find like-minded, or like-interested people near you to discuss political topics, consider leveraging the Meetup website or mobile app to join or create a local group.Even if you’re political opinions vary from mine, I encourage you to explore these tools and increase your level of political insight and involvement.
That way, even if we don’t agree, we can have a good conversation.
Cartoon is courtesy of Janelle Orsi of the Sustainable Economies Law Center.