Make a difference!
Here are our Top Ten actions you can take, now...
1. Run for local office or support
a political campaign.
Northern Michigan needs more of us sitting on boards and commissions-and
you may be surprised at how well qualified you, your friends and your
family are for these jobs. Often, boards meet only monthly, and the workload
is manageable. We'll be updating this list regularly (feel free to notify
us of deadlines for local seats and campaigns that need our support) Local
party officials, meanwhile, are constantly working to ensure local election
success.Contact your county's representative, below, to volunteer or donate:
• Antrim (Shirley Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org)
•GT (Julie Nelson at email@example.com)
• Benzie (Carroll Volpe at firstname.lastname@example.org)
• Leelanau (Jon Boulton at email@example.com))
2. Write a letter.
Get loud! Express your feelings on local, state and national issues with
a letter to the editor. Take 10 minutes to write down your opinions on
issues you feel most strongly about, whether it's never-ending war, torture,
Alaskan drilling, Social Security reform, attacks on choice and gays,
and so on. Short on time? Take five minutes and send a short, anonymous
opinion via the TC Record-Eagle's
"Sound Off" forum.
Antrim, Benzie and Leelanau—
Antrim County News,
Town Meeting (Elk Rapids),
Leader (Torch Lake),
Benzie County Record-Patriot
Traverse City Record-Eagle,
Grand Traverse Business News,
Bay Area Times,
Prime Time News,
Grand Traverse Woman,
Families First Monthly,
Elsewhere in northern Michigan—
Gaylord Herald Times,
Leader & Kalkaskian,
Ludington Daily News,
Lake County Star,
White Pine Press (NMC),
WPBN-WTOM TV 7&4,
WGTU /WGTQ TV ABC 29&8,
FOX 33 - WFQX-TV
3. Keep talking - to everyone.
Conversation is the key to resolving issues and to creating better policy.
Be a part of it! Keep conversations going with friends and family about
more compassionate, more responsible, more common sense approaches to
national and local policy. Let it be known that you vote blue and you
4. Call Ron Jolly in the morning.
He hosts a talk show every morning on WTCM-AM (580), covering local and
national politics. We think even Ron must be getting bored with the GOP
spin from all his "regulars." Mix it up and give him a call at
947-0023. His show runs from 7:30 to 10 am.
5. Show up at meetings.
The best way to ensure government accountability is to show up for it,
as in meetings. Remember, local government can have a tremendous impact
on your everyday life. Commit to one evening a month to observe, evaluate
and report on an issue or board that you care about. Check with your
local clerk's office for meetings schedules. Get a group together and
draw up a roster so you've got your municipality covered.
6. Contact a lawmaker.
Your elected representatives need to hear your opinion on matters they're
voting on, bills that will become laws that affect life and how you live
it. Take five or 10 minutes to tell congress members or state legislators
how you feel, so they can adequately represent you. Follow this link for
a list of our lawmakers and their addresses. Not sure who's representing
Find yours by zip code.
7. Keep abreast of issues.
Visit our list of active organizations in the
Grand Traverse region and elsewhere. These groups provide an abundance
of information and action opportunities. Soon we will launch a feature
to make tracking local issues easier, so please check back, and be sure
to sign up for our mailing list and to
alert us to local issues and events.
8. Donate—time, money, and
support—to existing causes.
This linked list of organizations is
not necessarily partisan—we just like how they stand on issues.
9. Spend ... liberally
You can vote blue, day after day, with your consumer dollars.
We recommend shopping locally, whenever possible. (but if a business's
politics offend you-let them know how you feel.) The following websites
track corporations for their blueness.
Choose the Blue says: "If every American who voted for Kerry spends
$100 on a blue company ...we can move $5 billion away from Republican
companies. ... This will be noticed!"
Spending Liberally keeps
tabs on FOX News sponsors and advocates directing your spending to "punish"
Surrender has a list of "worst corporations."
10. Get on our mailing list
Use our contact link to send us your
email address. When we launch our online issue tracker, we'll let you