How to be a political activist, in 5 minutes a day
It only takes a couple minutes a day to make a huge change in the the future of the country. It can seem overwhelming or futile, but in truth it’s neither!
Here are a few small things you can do. You don’t need to be extroverted, organized, or politically connected. Pick something off this list and make it part of your daily routine.
1. Join your local Indivisible group
The most effective thing you can do is join your local Indivisible group and complete their daily action, which is usually a call to your elected officials. Search by zipcode on the Indivisible site, or google “indivisible [your state, city, or congressional district]”. Sign up for your group’s daily action email, which is tailored to your locale. Most only take a couple minutes to complete.
No Indivisible group in your area? (Or you want to make an even bigger impact?)
Try 5Calls, where you input your zip code and get personalized call scripts for your elected officials on a wide array of issues.
Too introverted to make phone calls?
Also sign up for ResistBot, a message bot that lets you fax or email your elected officials via your mobile phone. If it sounds too good to be true, you have to give this a try! When you get the daily action from Indivisible or 5Calls, use ResistBot to send it as a fax instead of calling.
2. Join a boycott
In a capitalist society, nothing beats the power of the pursestrings. Join a nationwide boycott, such as GrabYourWallet, which lists companies affiliated with the Trump regime and their alternatives.
For extra credit, help Sleeping Giants convince advertisers to pull their ads off hate-speech sites, like Breitbart.
3. Help get more progressives elected
SwingLeft connects you with a progressive candidate in your closest “swing” district, and gives you actionable opportunities to help them win the election in that district, no matter where you live.
Sister District is a similar concept, though instead of giving you a nearby district, it pairs people in safe “blue” districts with a swing district elsewhere in the country. This concept is great for people without a contested congressional race nearby.
4. Rest and recharge
Take one day off each week. Political activism is a marathon, not a sprint. Don’t watch/read the news, don’t even talk about it with others. For extra credit, turn off the phone and computer altogether.
5. Spread the word
Get others to do any of the above! Share this page, get your friends involved. Once people see how easy it is to make a difference, there’s no reason everyone in the country shouldn’t be politically active in some way.