For the fifth anti-gun-violence action of the week, let’s do something a little different! Sign yourself up with Vote Forward to write letters to potential voters and urge them to register to vote.
Vote Forward is focusing on 2019 state-level and special elections where there’s a chance to flip a seat to a progressive candidate. This isn’t a direct action like protesting gun terrorism on Main Street, but gun-control measures won’t ever get voted on if the people in office are in the pocket of the NRA. There are so many potential voters out there who just need a little encouragement. Vote Forward makes it easy with templates that can be printed and signed, and the website even enables you to print voter registration forms for some states.
Obviously, you should be registered to vote yourself. If you’re not registered, you can do it online in two minutes. Seriously!
If you missed my earlier gun-activism posts, check them out now.
- The first step is the easiest, quickest, and most important: Call your elected officials. Often! Senators and representatives are very clear that they act decisively when faced with constituent pressure. You don’t call? They don’t do!
- Action #2 was about a vigil for those killed in the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas. That particular event has passed but check Action #4 for ongoing vigils and rallies.
- Actions #3 is a donation — no amount too small! — to funds for the victims and survivors of the recent shootings in El Paso; Gilroy, Calif.; and Dayton, Ohio.
- For Action #4, get your feet on the street! “Gun-sense” group Moms Demand has events all over the country.
Remember, if you need help crafting a message for your senators and/or congressperson, let me know in the comments and I’ll help you out!