How To Influence Political Change

The political climate of the United States has been prone to times of extreme volatility, and the last few years have been no exception. It's during these times that people set themselves firmly in line with their beliefs and are convinced the opposing side needs to change. In just the last few months, there have been major protests, rioting, unease over the upcoming election, and a pandemic that continues to rage on. For some, this can be the time to see change through. 

There are many ways people influence others to change. Arguing with people on social media isn't one of them. Nothing worth fighting for is ever that easy. With a little work, here are four ways you can help make a difference in the struggles of the people in your nation. 

1. Meet With Your Political Representatives

As a constituent, you have a right to be heard by the members of your state congress and the United States Congress who represent your district. Your representatives also have an interest in hearing your concerns since it is you who they represent. Visit the .gov site for your state to find out who your elected officials are and reach out to their office to schedule a meeting.

When you meet with them, have a clear outline of what it is you want to say. If there are others who feel the same, provide your representative with the names and contact information of those people. If you feel the government is going in the wrong direction, it's likely other people do as well. Pressure can help leaders switch gears. 

2. Get Out and Protest

Protests are mostly peaceful events. If your protest is drawing national attention, then it is at risk of attracting the attention of rioters and looters, but this is extremely rare given the number of protests that take place across the United States every year. 

Protesting in front of a business that is conducting business in ways unfavorable to the environment, or protesting at your state's capital are both great ways to make your voice be heard. Gather like-minded individuals to join you in organizing the protest and creating signs with consistent messaging. 

3. Use the Media

If your issue is media worthy, contact your local broadcast news stations and pitch your idea to them. You can also publish material in local newspapers and magazines. Online articles that mention politicians capable of enacting that change could grab the attention of them or their office staff.

4. Get Involved

You can also align yourself with a politician who you feel most closely represents your beliefs. You can volunteer for their campaign, or you could choose an alternative career path to the one you're on now and start working toward becoming a political strategist. Campaigns can never have too many people working for them. Your contribution, no matter how small, will benefit your candidate. 

If you see yourself in a world that looks different than the one you're living in today, you have a vision that is likely shared by others. You might even introduce people to a new way of perceiving the world they hadn't previously thought possible. People like you are the people who inspire change.

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