Right now, we are living in some pretty uncertain times. The daily news rolling in plagues communities and workplaces (with some of us now officing at home) with worry and many unanswered questions. So, what now?
One thing we should all remain certain of is the reality that our communities need to heal and rebuild outside of COVID-19. We must continue strengthening our peers and changing the political makeup of today. The work toward equality and fairness cannot cease simply because our lives, for the most part, are moving onward indoors.
Each of us who are able must remain vigilant advocates for whatever issue or issues matter most to us and adapt to doing so from home.
Here are a few ways to do just that:
Fill out your census form
- Participation in the Census by everybody makes for a healthier democracy. If people are not counted, their communities will receive less representation in government and fewer resources.
- Census data informs our nation’s most important decisions, including how the federal government spends $900 billion on critical services like building roads, providing for health insurance, and supporting education. More information here.
Write your Representatives and Senator to check in now that legislative session is over
- If you’re tired of seeing bills proposed by your lawmakers that don't help North Dakotans email your them right now and share you’re going to the ballot box with their voting history in mind. Just be sure to research how your lawmakers voted first. Tips and tricks here.
Set up phone calls or Zoom chats with folks in your community to prep for what’s next
Right now, everyone might be sequestered to their houses, but that doesn’t mean planning for the future is out of the question. Set up a time to chat with your friends, neighbors, or colleagues and formulate a plan of attack for when it is safer to congregate publicly to tackle your plans for advocacy. Sign up for a free account here.
If you can, watch the news
Keep informed on what's happening out in the world so you can keep ahead of issues in your community and know when to act. Just make sure your sources are credible. We recommend outlets like the INFORUM, NPR or your local public radio station.
Get your family involved where it is appropriate
We know that advocacy comes in all forms and quite frankly, is appropriate for nearly any age. Whatever work you do, be sure to get your family involved – even the little ones! Check out our ACLU coloring pages below that can be printed off on demand. They’re perfect décor for your fridge or home office.
Once colored in, post a photo and tag our Facebook page and encourage your friends to do the same.
We'll get through this, North Dakota.