Getting Involved in the Civic Process
October 27, 2011
I may not have a simple tax plan with repeated numbers, but I wanted to take a minute to remind our readers that several elections are coming up, and though many people feel cynical about the level of effectiveness regarding voting, it is crucial that we find information about legislation on all levels and vote whenever possible.
Of course, getting good information about politics, and definitely about politicians, can be difficult. There are sites and sources out there that are nonpartisan and attempt to hold politicians accountable for what they say by checking the facts to let you know who is telling the truth, who is exaggerating, and who is lying. FactCheck.org is one of the ones that I know of, but Project Vote Smart also seems to be a good source on voting records of politicians and issue positions.
Center for Inquiry On Campus student members and affiliated student groups are usually pretty politically aware and involved in things like voter registration drives, get out the vote projects, and activism including things like attending rallies, signing petitions, and sending emails to representatives. One group that I’ve seen doing a lot of advocacy and activism is the University of Northern Iowa Freethinkers and Inquirers. Recently, Aaron Friel wrote an article about the possible strength of non-religious voters as a group and how this relates to changing tides for issues like marriage equality in Iowa and abroad. It inspired me to write this short message in the hopes that we may spark discussion with you and your friends in order to encourage everyone to get involved in the civic process and to become aware of issues that may need your attention.
Other students are concerned about local and national legislation and issues and are both writing and doing things about it. Check out posts from Stephanie Van Dyk, Dave Muscato, Carly Casper, and Adam Shannon to find out more about issues that are or may be a concern with the approaching election season.
If you have other thoughts or would like to suggest sites where people can get good, honest information, feel free to comment, or bring the discussion to our Facebook page. Also, you can sign up for updates through CFI’s Office of Public Policy in order to learn about important legislative issues that are happening nationally, and in your area. Thanks for reading!
About the Author: Dren Asselmeier
Dren Asselmeier does student outreach as a campus organizer at the Center for Inquiry. She got her start as an organizer while interning at Center for Inquiry–Michigan in 2008. She stayed until 2010 as a volunteer campus coordinator, and was CFI–Michigan Freethinker of the Year in 2009, as well as president of Center for Inquiry–Grand Valley State University. Dren has a B.A. in English from Grand Valley State University. She is the president of Buffalo Area Non-Profit Professionals, an event volunteer at Buffalo Subversive Theatre, and a contributor to the Buffalo Storyteller Hour.
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