12 Tools for Democracy in Action
12 TOOLS FOR DEMOCRACY IN ACTION
Tool #1 - Take Care of Yourself:
To do good in the community, country, and world, take care of your health and maintain your sanity. Don’t let over-enthusiasm trick you into exhaustion. You are in a marathon, not a sprint. Pace yourself. “Occupy Wall Street” burned itself out. Do not let that happen to the energy generated by the Women’s March on Washington this January. Your personal Action Plan will empower you to make an impact while preserving your health and sanity.
Tool #2 - Prepare Your Talking Points:
Get into the heads of your Members of Congress (MoC).
They are under the constant pressure of getting re-elected. They need you to believe they are working for you, so you will vote for them. Even if they agree with your issues, they need your frequent thanks and constant encouragement to stand strong. If they disagree with your issues, use these tools to let them know their re-election is shaky.
Tool #3 - Brief Messaging
(useful for brief encounters):
Professionals who deal with the media use this formula for the most impact:
3 points expressed in 27 words, which translates into 9 seconds of tv time.
Tool #4 - Civil Conversations:
We cannot change anyone; but, we can influence them in a positive way. Be prepared to have a different kind of conversation. This is NOT argument, debate, lecture, competition, or attempt to convert. This is a conversation to connect to people who are fellow humans, fellow Americans, and neighbors in the same community. We need one another.
Tool #5 - Letters to the Editor:
A well-written LTE can serve as the basis for many other Social Actions (Visit to MoC, Town Hall, Press Conference speech, Rally speech, Speech to any group).
Tool #6 - In-Person Meeting with Members of Congress
(or Other Lawmakers):
Tool #7 - Town Hall Meeting:
Tool # 8 - Other Public Events with Members of Congress:
Tool #9 - News Conferences/Rallies:
Build Media Relationships:
Day of Event:
Tool #10 - Vote:
Tool #11 - Run for Office:
Tool #12 - Join a Social Action Group or Start One:
PACG = Progressive Action for the Common Good. A grassroots Quad-Cities Group active for the past 25 years. pacgqc.org
“Indivisible Guide” at www.indivisibleguide.com
Look for a compatible group before you start another one. We need to be working together as much as possible. In unity there is strength.
Bonus Tool - Get All the Social Action Training You Can Get!
3 hours training/practice on all other forms of Social Action.
Contact Steve Drucker 309-781-8004. firstname.lastname@example.org
“Every moment is an organizing opportunity,
every person a potential activist,
every minute a chance to change the world.”
Dolores Huerta, civil rights activist, 1930 to present