If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)
(CNN)Whether the election’s left you feeling impotent or energized, now’s the time to start getting more politically active.
We have already seen some stirrings — Protests on the left; celebrations on the right. A surge in donations for organizations like the ACLU. And the #SafetyPin movement, where you clasp the pin somewhere on your person to indicate you’re a safe ally to talk to.
Keep the momentum going. Here are 25 ways you can elevate your activism:
Local politics and activism
1. Know who your local legislators and politicians are
A town hall is where you, in person, can make your actual voice heard, in front of local politicians who can actually do something about it. Your congressperson will usually have a schedule of Town Hall meetings on their website, or you can check out your city’s website as well.
5. Attend City Council meetings
Alternately, attend a City Council meeting to get an up-close view of what’s important to your city’s legislators.
6. Get to know your local School Board
If you have kids in school, you probably need to know about your school board. Here’s everything about what a school board does and how you can get involved.
7. Join your local PTA
Not only can you have a direct communication with your school, you can also volunteer and participate in other ways that directly impact your community. Here’s how (and why) to join.
8. Mobilize more people to support your cause
You alone are great and awesome and boy, can you make a difference. Now imagine,a dozen more of you. Get a group together to do any of the above things; attend meetings or join an association, and your cause will be magnified.
9. Join a voting league or political organization
A non-partisan group like the League of Women Voters is a good way to get informed, or you can choose a political group that aligns with your values.
10. Register to act on behalf of a political party.
If you find a local politician who represents the change you want to see in your community, contact their office to figure out how you can get involved in the campaign! Maybe they’ll have you stuff mailers or put up signs or some other boring task, but the boring tasks is what actually gets stuff done.
12. Volunteer at their headquarters
Like we said, your state, city and county have party headquarters that are just waiting for your time and energy. Just give it a Google. They WANT you to help out, so it’s not that hard to find. If you’d rather stay at home, you can most likely take part in digital activism: Sending newsletters or text messages or organizing online campaigns.
13. Attend or organize rallies and events
Just make sure you’re safe and lawful. Alternately, there are always political talks and events going on, probably in your area. Look them up here.
Have discussions with your friends and family. Engage in respectful debate when appropriate (and no, that doesn’t mean on Facebook timelines). Spread the word.
21. Volunteer at a place that benefits your community
Ideally, you can align your volunteer work with your most important causes. Volunteer at church, at the local VA hospital, at a homeless shelter or at a school. The possibilities are endless, but this website is a good place to start.
22. Volunteer at a museum, state or national park, cultural center or historical society
Volunteering isn’t just about serving others, it’s also about making sure the organizations that are important to you can continue to serve others.
23. Hell, GO to a museum, state or national park, or historical society
SUPPORT. EDUCATION. IN ALL. FORMS.
At the very least, let your wallet do the talking. If you’re looking at a specific charity, check Charity Watch to make sure your money is being well-used.
25. Get off the internet
Complaining on social media only gets you so far. Get out, meet people, use your hands and your time.