We are caught in an information crisis, and it’s largely one of our own making. This is a bitter irony the 21st Century, in which, with wide access to more information more quickly than ever before, so many Americans know so little about their own country and how it’s supposed to work.
Soon after Donald J. Trump took office in 2017, The New York Times noted his presidency has galvanized political activism to a level of passion not seen since the civil rights movement. The first Womens March was the largest coordinated demonstration of its kind in American history.
The most important action you can take as a U.S. citizen is to vote. Sadly, however, as the 2016 election presidential showed, the largest block of voters in America isn’t Republicans or Democrats, nor even independents. It’s the millions of people who don’t even bother to turn up at the polls.
A big part of civic activism is communication, especially with elected officials. Whether through letters, emails, phone calls, or in person, give them the good news and the bad. They work for us.