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I have always berated myself for lack of action. I don't want to be one of those people that just bitches about things and doesn't really work for change. Of course I take action in my personal life, like recycling, using cloth products, reducing consumption, voting, etc. but nothing really political. I often don't feel like I have time for anything but I think I would be so much happier if I felt like I was actually working toward a better world and not just dreaming about it. So what do you do?
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I write letters for Amnesty International. That's something I can do in my spare time. I go to rallies for causes I support (anti-war, save Darfur, etc.). The kids like these things because there's usually music and dancing. I also just joined our local Make Poverty History group and am trying to get a sub-committee on fairer trade and better aid started (not having much luck, though).
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Writing letters for Amnesty International and writing to your congresspeople are great ideas, and the Internet makes them super easy! The AI website has a letter-writing section where they have letters prewritten for you, and the e-mail addresses to send them to, for helping political prisoners. The same goes for lots of political groups who want you to write your congressional representative; all you have to do is copy and paste the text into your e-mail.

That said, both of these kinds of letter writing are more effective in real life, so if you have time to print out the letters and stick them in an envelope, that's even better and hardly takes any more time! And good for you for wanting to work for change--every person who does a little makes a difference.
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Writing letters for Amnesty International and writing to your congresspeople are great ideas, and the Internet makes them super easy! The AI website has a letter-writing section where they have letters prewritten for you, and the e-mail addresses to send them to, for helping political prisoners. The same goes for lots of political groups who want you to write your congressional representative; all you have to do is copy and paste the text into your e-mail.

That said, both of these kinds of letter writing are more effective in real life, so if you have time to print out the letters and stick them in an envelope, that's even better and hardly takes any more time! And good for you for wanting to work for change--every person who does a little makes a difference.
I worked in Washington, DC for a US Congressman. Many of them pay little attention to "cut and paste" letters. If you take that letter and re-write in your own words or edit in some way, you will be much more likely to get the Congressman's attention.

Never doubt that a small group of committed, thoughtful people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead
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