I Want to Start a Movement: Civic Engagement

 

I Want to Start a Movement: Civic Engagement

At a recent workshop I attended, a takeaway item was that everyone needed to know how a bill becomes a law. Sounds like a no- brainer recommendation.

I remember learning this in school- in 1961, I think it was. It would be a stretch to say I could pass a quiz on the details of this today. But, at the same time, every night on the news, I hear them talking about the America Health Care Act (AHCA).In case it has been a few years for you too, here are some links, where you can find some fun ways to refresh your memory.

I also have another motive aside from refreshing your education – asking you to get involved!

Our right to freedom of speech was hard to win. Our right to vote was even harder to attain. We have not all done our part to speak up. As a nation, we are way too quiet when it comes to engaging in the dialogues necessary to make our country the best it can be.

About 55.7% of the US Voting age population actually voted in the 2016 presidential election!

There are about 245.5M Americans eligible to vote. Where were108.7M people on Election Day?

How do we compare with other countries?

  • Behind Sweden who has 82.6% voting
  • Behind Israel who has 76.1% voting
  • Behind Canada who has 62.1 % voting

We can’t get ahead of anything if we don’t speak up. Learn about how our government works. Learn about the issues. Speak up.

Click on the links below to educate yourself!

How well do you understand the process of how a bill becomes a law? 

If you have kids, you might show this classic…Schoolhouse Rock Version!

PBS’ crash course on how the government works. (Silly moments, but informative and entertaining)

References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voter_turnout_in_the_United_States_presidential_elections

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/05/15/u-s-voter-turnout-trails-most-developed-countries/

June 20th, 2017 Uncategorized
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