How to become politically involved

Becoming involved in politics can seem like a daunting task to first timers. The Mycenaean put together some easy ways to make your voice heard in Congress and hopefully enact some change.Becoming involved in politics can seem like a daunting task to first timers. The Mycenaean put together some easy ways to make your voice heard in Congress and hopefully enact some change.

The past two weeks after President Trump’s inauguration have been met with an unprecedented amount of backlash. Many people who are involved in politics have been using their voice to protest and criticize the actions of the Trump administration. Some people however, are becoming aware of politics for the first time, and may not know how to become involved, or even where to start.

The Mycenaean put together a list of easy and effective methods to become involved in the political process and make your voice heard.

Contact a Representative

Contacting a representative is the easiest and most effective way to make sure your representative knows how their constituents feel.On the national level, calling is the best way to make sure your message is received by the representative. Letters and emails will often just get thrown away or deleted. However, at a more local level, such as within city governments, letters and emails can garner a response. You can also show up at the office of a representative in person to voice your opinion. Here is the information for the representatives of the Leesville area.

U.S. House of Representatives

Not sure what district you live in? Use this handy tool to find out.

 

George Holding (R)  

District 2

919-782-4400                                          or       202-225-3032
3725 National Drive

Suite 101

Raleigh, NC 27612

1110 Longworth House Office Building                 Washington, DC 20515   
David Price (D)

District 4

919-859- 5999                           or
436 N. Harrington St Suite 100 Raleigh, NC 2760
   202-225-1784

2108 Rayburn Building Washington, DC 20515

 

U.S. Senate

Richard Burr (R)
(828) 350-2437 (336) 631-5125

(800) 685-8915

151 Patton Avenue                                    or

Suite 204

Asheville, NC 28801

2000 West First Street

Suite 508

Winston-Salem, NC 27104

(252) 977-9522                                           or (888) 848-1833

(910) 251-1058

100 Coast Line Street

Room 210

Rocky Mt NC, 27804

201 North Front Street

Suite 809 Wilmington, NC 28401

(202) 224-3154
217 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

 

Thom Tillis (R)
(202) 224-6342                                         or (704) 509-9087
185 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

9300 Harris Corners Pkwy.

Suite 170

Charlotte, NC 28269

(252) 329-0371                                         or (828) 693-8750
1694 E. Arlington Blvd.

Suite B

Greenville, NC 27858

1 Historic Courthouse Square

Suite 112

Hendersonville, NC 28792

(336) 885-0685                                          or (919) 856-4630
1840 Eastchester Dr.

Suite 200

High Point, NC 27265

310 New Bern Avenue

Suite 122

Raleigh, NC 27601

 

NC House of Representatives

 

If you’re not sure what district you live in for the NC General Assembly use this tool to find out.  

 

Cynthia Ball (D)

District 49

 

919-733-5860

 

N.C. House of Representatives

16 W. Jones Street, Room 1319

Raleigh, NC 27601-1096
Grier Martin (D)

District 34
919-733-5773
N.C. House of Representatives

16 W. Jones Street, Room 1023

Raleigh, NC 27601-1096
Joe John (D)

District 40
919-733-5530
N.C. House of Representatives

16 W. Jones Street, Room 1013

Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

NC State Senate
John Alexander (R)

District 15
(919) 733-5850
N.C. Senate

300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 625

Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

Attend a rally or protest

In the past week, protesting seems to have become the norm. The day after President Trump’s  inauguration there were worldwide protests against parts of his agenda, and over the weekend there were nationwide protests against his Executive Order banning refugees. Attending a rally is a great way to make your voice heard on certain issues. Rallies are also present a great opportunity to meet organizers and sign up for more volunteer and protest opportunities. Today, most protests are organized through Facebook but there are also many websites that are updated regularly with information concerning rallies, protests and other events. Check out some of them below.
http://ncdp.org/events/
http://www.naacpnc.org/events
https://www.indivisibleguide.com/
https://nc.gop/
Register to Vote

If you are 16 or older, you can register to vote! Voting is incredibly important and is the only surefire way to create change in government. Calling senators and protesting is important, but it ultimately means nothing if that elected official chooses not to change their actions and continues to hold their seat. Exercise your democratic right and make sure your voice is heard. For information on how to register to vote go here.
Stay Informed

The easiest way to stay politically involved and keep your government in check is to stay informed. You don’t need to constantly consume yourself with the actions of the government, but it’s important to read the news every once in awhile so that you can be aware of what is happening and raise concern if need be. If citizens go uninformed, the government goes unchecked and in a new era of alternative facts and fake news, it’s important to make sure you know exactly what is happening in government.

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