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How to stay politically active after the walkout

Photo credit: Lei-Anne Rabeje

Photo credit: Lei-Anne Rabeje

By Max Rosenblum, Politics Editor

In the aftermath of the National School Walkout on March 14th and the March for Our Lives on March 24th, students might find themselves short of ideas surrounding how to continue their political activism over the coming months. Although another march has yet to gain a national profile, The Dial has compiled some other, more individual ideas on how to stay politically active.

1 – Register to vote: For seniors and juniors born before November 6th, 2000, register to vote! Voting is the most direct way to enact change. Of age students living in New York and Connecticut can register to vote online, while New Jersey residents must register to vote by mail. However, if you plan on attending college out-of-state, you have two options: either register to vote in the state in which your college is located, or make sure to apply for an absentee ballot from your home state and have enough time to receive and return it.

2 – Participate in a Voter Registration Drive: If you are too young to vote in the 2018 primaries or general election, or simply want to help others, the second best way to enact change is to help other young (and older) people to register to vote. Participating in a voter registration drive, especially for those recently of age who have historically low turnout rates, can give young people as a whole a larger say in electoral outcomes.

3- Register for updates. Women’s March Youth Empower and Everytown for Gun Safety, organizations specifically committed to fostering stricter gun control measures, offer updates on legislative progress, events, and other gun control related information.

4- Write or call elected officials.

5- Help out on campaigns.

6- Donate to political campaigns and organizations.

7- Spread awareness on social media.

 

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