Three Ways High Schoolers Can Be Politically Active

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Sarah Clayton, Staff Writer

  1. Stay informed! Watch the news on TV, check trending topics on Twitter, or just pick up a newspaper. Smartphones offer news apps from CNN, the New York Times, and most other major outlets, many of which let you sign up for notifications, emails, and even text alerts that update you on the latest headlines. And the Snapchat Discover page isn’t just for baking tutorials and Cosmo dating tips – CNN, Vice, and the Washington Post all have Snapchat stories, too. Your active participation in society begins with an understanding of what’s happening in the world. Luckily, technology makes that pretty easy to achieve.

 

  1. Be an activist. Attend peaceful protests, sign online petitions, and donate to organizations that align with your views if you can. Activism is important for a few reasons. It encourages solidarity, raises the visibility of issues that people care about, and promotes freedom of speech. There’s definitely something to be said about strength in numbers, and history has proven that protesting can work.

 

  1. Contact your representatives. Whether you’re liberal, conservative, or have no idea what either of those words mean, upcoming actions by the Trump administration are very likely to affect you or someone you know. When you hear about an issue that you care about, call your state representatives to oppose, support, or get more information about basically anything government-related that matters to you. Just remember to leave your name and any other information that they ask for. Your statement could really have an impact on our representatives’ decisions.

Congresswoman Nita Lowey: call 914-428-1707 or go to www.lowey.house.gov

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: call 845-875-4595 or go to www.gillibrand.senate.gov

Senator Chuck Schumer: call 914-734-1532 or go to www.schumer.senate.gov