by Kate Seaman
In 2017 America, protests against the government have become the norm. People on both sides of the aisle are angry, for so many reasons: abortion, immigration ban and even the presidential election results. While protesting has been effective in some respects, it is not enough for average citizens to get their voices heard.
The work for a “more perfect union” is an ongoing battle. It doesn’t end when the protest does. We, as Americans, have a moral responsibility to make a better life for ourselves, our families and future generations.
youtube.We need to participate in more demonstrations and protests. I do not mean that we need to cause physical damage to make a point (like some Inauguration Day protests). Instead, we need to alert the media to the plight of certain issues. Americans need to display in the open what the problems of our society are; we cannot sit in silence and stew over them.
But there are more ways than demonstrations and protests to enact change. As Americans, we could run for office and with this power Americans can be changemakers for themselves and for future generations.
One advantage of living in in the 21st century is that technology is always accessible. Americans can call their representatives directly and contact the White House fairly easily. Through emails, letters and messages on social media we can have direct contact to lawmakers and have a voice.
As Americans, we are very fortunate to live in a country where, traditionally, the government listens to citizens and will take into account our feelings on issues. To make the government hear our voices, we need to go to town halls, make calls and go to their offices. But if do not comply, make them hear you even if they don’t want to.
But we cannot give up the fight after one protest. We need to keep applying pressure, making our presence known because without us, government officials would not have jobs.
No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, keep on fighting, keep listening, keep writing, keep reading and, most importantly, keep working for what you believe is right.