Joining a movement is not as daunting as it may sound. Becoming part of an active organization is actually one of the easiest ways to get involved without having to do all of the leg work. If joining an ongoing organization feels too big, think about joining a short movement that’s happening right now. Being part of a series of actions that is relevant in this very moment feels great and helps actual people. Both good things.
Right now. Today. You can fight against deportation of immigrant students who have lived in the U.S. for most of their lives and who are seeking higher education. You can raise your voice against censorship of history texts across the country. You can join with other women who are organizing in their neighborhoods to support kids and schools. You can take part in budget decisions for your own community.
Join a Current Movement (a sample of some things on my radar)
- DREAM Week of Action: If you’re concerned about the rights and access to higher education of undocumented students who have grown up in the U.S., join up! They’ll even text you information about when to email or call if a student is under threat of deportation.
- No History Is Illegal: A campaign to raise awareness about the book censorship taking place in Tucson schools. Sign their pledge to teach, discuss, and respect the history of marginalized communities.
- Track and Weigh in On the February 2012 Legislative Session
- Go to an upcoming City Budget Discussion
Join an Active Organization:
- Women for Change Oregon
- Children First, Oregon
- Stand for Children, Oregon
- Your Neighborhood Association
- The Black Parent Initiative
Again, the benefit of being part of an active organization or even a short, organized set of actions to support youth or schools is that the background work is done for you. You can then easily fit a support email, a letter to your local representative, a day lobbying, etc., into your busy schedule!
Question of the Day: Are you a member of any of these organizations or others that you think are important in terms of support to kids, families, and schools? What has your experience been? Also, let me know if you join one of the current “movements”!