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Knowledge is power

Too often people have no idea who their local elected officials are.  They also don’t know where or when their local officials have meetings.  This is a good first step to getting engaged and informed to bring about change.

So, what can you do?  Connect yourself to sources of information about your local government.

  • Sign up for the meeting notifications and email lists for your local elected officials.
  • Get their meetings on your calendar and show up if there is something on the agenda that matters to you.

This won’t change the world over night, but it’s a great place to start.

20 Random Thoughts about the 2016 POTUS Race

  1. Talk about why people should support your candidate and not why the other candidates suck.
  2. Check the methodology and dates for all polls.  If the methodology is crap, so are the results. Don’t reward bad polls.  And don’t make bombastic claims based on those bad polls.
  3. Everything is horrible.
  4. Can everyone just stop yelling?
  5. Having a JV debate before the Varsity one just means that Twitter has more to snark.
  6. You can be a progressive democrat and not support Bernie Sanders.
  7. You can be in favor of a single-payer health care and think that Bernie Sanders’ plan is not a good one.
  8. You can be a feminist and not support Hillary Clinton
  9. You can be a woman and not support Hillary Clinton.
  10. #notallsanderssupporters – but those that aren’t “BernieBros/Bots” should do more to minimize the impact of the unhelpful ones.  I know campaigns can’t control their supporters and what they say and do, but do something because the folks are not helpful to your cause.
  11. Check Urban Dictionary before giving your event a witty name.
  12. We are entitled to our own opinions but not our own facts.  Don’t just make something up to prove your point.
  13. If your response to a question is to tell someone to “f*ck their life”, maybe you should do some research to have a conversation like an adult.
  14. We still don’t really know if Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are eligible to run for president.  I think.
  15. Online polls are non-scientific.
  16. Lawnsigns apparently do matter, but not as much as TALKING DIRECTLY TO PEOPLE.
  17. You can make comments about a campaigns activities and not be a shill for an opponent.  Sometimes you just make observations.
  18. Congress matters. Down ballot races matter. Ignoring this is shortsighted and dangerous.
  19. Tina Fey playing Sarah Palin on SNL is one of the only bright spots of this election so far.
  20. The second bright spot is all of the Hamilton memes/quotes/references that people are making.

I asked the reverend once, “What are we supposed to do in the face of so much senseless pain?” And he said to me, “What else can we do but take what seems meaningless and try to make something meaningful from it?”

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