Now that Donald Trump is our President, what are we going to do? I’m ashamed to say that most of the people who became politically involved did so under the wings of former President Obama. Mr. Obama engaged millions of young people and made caring about what goes on in the world of politics, cool. We all dreamed of ways to meet him, walk within the walls of the White House and harness the power of our vote. We as a society were mesmerized by the presence of the first African American family within the White House. And it shows.
As soon as President Obama left office the majority of people who were civically engaged lost hope when Donald Trump was elected President. Instead of remaining engaged, many vowed to disown the current president and refuse to be a part of the political process. Doesn’t this go against everything Mr. Obama stands for and what he has been preaching over the past decade about politics? It seems natural to ignore the ego driven rich guy holding the highest title in the world. Yet, doing so is extremely dangerous. I personally feel as if President Obama was a wake-up call for the young and old to be reintroduced to the political system. Here is a list on how to Survive a Trump Presidency.
We as a society have become so obsessed with everything else that we lost sight of how important it is to know how our elected officials are representing us on the daily basis. Just because “our” guy is no longer in office doesn’t mean that the game is over, it means that we are now on defense rather than offense. Here are five ways that you can keep an eye on your elected officials and remain abreast of what’s going on not only in Washington but locally.
- Download the app Countable
Summary via their website https://www.countable.us/
Why does it have to be so hard to understand what our lawmakers are up to?
With Countable, it doesn’t.
Countable makes it quick and easy to understand the laws Congress is considering. We also streamline the process of contacting your lawmaker, so you can tell them how you want them to vote on bills under consideration.
You can use Countable to:
- Read clear and succinct summaries of upcoming and active legislation.
- Directly tell your lawmakers how to vote on those bills by clicking “Yea” or “Nay”.
- Follow up on how your elected officials voted on bills, so you can hold them accountable in the next election cycle.
- Subscribe to PolicyEd
Summary via their website https://www.policyed.org/
Educating Americans about Public Policy
The digital media revolution has transformed the way people obtain information and form opinions. Countless partisan outlets peddle assertions and “sound bites” as indisputable facts. Few people have the knowledge and analytical skills to navigate this torrent of misinformation. They crave credible and accessible sources of facts, analysis, and information about proposed policies and the effects of those already enacted.
- Equip Americans with accurate facts and information, as well as a discerning analytical perspective, so they can better perform their civic duties, hold their elected leaders accountable, and “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”
- Provide political leaders with reliable knowledge and analysis—tools with which they might assess alternatives in the shaping and execution of public policy.
- Join Ideal Impact
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Ideal Impact is a civic-tech company that turns news into actionable content for social impact. Our mobile, web and digital media tools make real-time recommendations to learn, serve, give, advocate, apply and connect with others about the issues you are reading about. Our mission is to unite people inspired by service, civic engagement and advocacy with leadership opportunities to address our social challenges.
- Sign Up For iCitizen
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icitizen removes the headache of engaging in the political process whether you’re a citizen, organization, elected official or school. icitizen is a nonpartisan civic engagement app that facilitates open communication and collaboration between citizens and their elected leaders to shape the policies that affect their lives.
- Set Up A Membership with TrackBill
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TrackBill is the simplest, fastest, and only mobile platform for government affairs professionals to stay informed on legislation in any (or every) state legislature and Congress. Professional service firms, corporations, and interest groups of all sizes rely on TrackBill to identify bills within their areas of interest, track their activity, and report this information to their stakeholders.