How to Make Your Voice Heard in Politics

This week on The Upgrade, we’re discussing how average people can get involved with politics even when it’s not an election year. To put it mildly, the unexpected results of the recent election have caused an upswell in political activism and we’re taking a look at how to get involved.

This Week’s Discussion: Political Activism

One of the most direct ways to get involved is to contact your direct representatives. As writer Beth Skwarecki explains on the show, there are three people in Congress who directly represent you: the two senators from your state and one member of the House of Representatives who represents your district. These are the people you should try and talk to when you want to voice your concerns or want them to vote a certain way on a specific bill.

Actually getting their ear is easier said than done though; phone calls are the most effective method for influencing your representatives, but you can also send emails, faxes, and letters. Even though it’s unlikely you’ll ever talk directly with members of Congress, their staff will tabulate all the issues that their constituents are discussing. On that note, it’s important that you are actually a constituent. You may want to vent about the actions of a specific politician, but you should really focus on the people whose job is literally to represent you....more