Members Weigh In

Members Weigh In On Activism and Action-Worthy Issues

We live in a world where our lives are often defined by the news cycle. If and when something major occurs, most of us find out about it in minutes via a notification, an alert, or simply by refreshing Twitter.

Sometimes this can be exhausting, but in some ways can also be exhilarating. After all, in today’s world not only can we be constantly tuned in to what’s going on, but we can do something about it as well. An incredible wealth of knowledge, resources, and all kinds of communities are available to us if we make the effort to look.

So how have you guys been undertaking activism this year? Here are the issues that stacked up when we asked what’s been on your mind.

Important Issues

While 37% of you stated that you’ve participated in more activism in 2017, 44% said you did not, and 19% said that they’ve always been consistent in their activism.

When asked where you discussed and stated your views most often, Facebook came out a winner with 48% of the votes, but face-to-face conversation followed with 36%. (Phew!)

As for actual ways to get involved, we’re loving that taking part at a local level came out on top! That’s the way to do it, guys.

How You Make A
Having your voice heard is always essential, but while action is often immediate, the result is not. Still, every phone call, letter, or group discussion can make a difference in the long run. Some of you shared stories of activist successes, big or small.

“I feel like my being involved in local politics is helping my daughters see that women do have a voice. We walk in parades with local candidates and I encourage my daughters to be proud of who they are.”Tawny S. 

“Once I wrote a blog about Autism and the effect it has on family. Our daughter is severely Autistic with communication and a seizure disorder. Some other families that read it thanked me for it. It felt good to make a difference and give them a voice, as well as have my own heard. Sometimes it’s hard for families to let people know how frustrated and afraid they are at times.”Rindy M.

“I had a co-worker that spoke negatively about gays and lesbians until I told him that I was one. We have since had numerous open conversations and have come to an understanding that it is not a choice. You cannot help who your heart loves.” – Lisa H.


Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts! We’d love to hear from more of you below.

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Lisa

Yes I am a women and I feel women should all have equal rights we,are as equal as men

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sharon kingsley

I have been a volunteer for years, it makes me a better person

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Jenny H

I would be interested to learn more about ways to get involved locally.

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cynthia turvey

I volunteer at a autism community for children . I find it at time challenging but also very rewarding.

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Diana

Volunteering where needed is a lifestyle for me. I regularly help with a local group that helps the homeless. I also tutor weekly at a boarding school for kids from troubled homes.

Recently I have become involved with local political groups working to protect the rights of our citizens in many areas. With the present political issues there are many area where we need to stand strong.

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joan fitzpatrick

WE ALL HAVE TO MAKE OUR VOICES HEARD…FOR THE ONES THAT CAN’T/WON;T…AND FOR THE FACT THAT SOME THINGS NEED TO BE CHANGED

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Beth

Everyone should be involved in something that matters to them

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Susan

I wrote to Obama how my disability medical bills were causing me to go bankrupt as I was not 65 and didn’t qualify for medicaid . He wrote back to me and a social service person to contact me to help.She did but couldn’t help as I fall between the cracks of help

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Frances Eidson

We all need to be heard for everyone that can’t. There are things that need to be changed.

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Sherry edenton

Nice smell

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Christine Sickley

I take part in helping animals. It’s shame to see how many animals are dying and left behind by cruel people that don’t care about them

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Heather

I am women and feel a woman.

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Marjorie Simpson

I help take care of the animals that people drop off near my house. I feed them and find good homes for them. I help older folks by walking there dogs at no cost.

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Pamela J Cash

I currently have 18 cats cant get control of them my two cats are fixed these are stray cats ice rrued to bring ti animal shelter but currentlt they have closed the shelter in stockton calif im overwhekmed with cats im sick with a tumor do u have any suggestions were i can get rjd of the cats

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Renetta Hirrel

I sign petitions, but I am too old for marches or rallys.

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Melissa

I support others in their beliefs. I stand up for what I believe in and feel others have the same right.

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Sherry

I’m with Renetta…too old for rallies or marches, so I give blood every few months at the Regional Blood Bank.

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vicki

i love volunteer and love to be with all the people that do.

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Denise Anderson

I believe in freedom of speech and standing up for what you believe in but in current times people are constantly protesting about various issues. Sometimes I feel like people are actually loosing sight of what they truest believe because they follow others rather then having there true own opinion.

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Rich

Far too many believe their voices don’t matter. VOTE, call or write lawmakers to let them know where you stand on issues that are important to you.

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Eileen

I volunteer on a regular basis because it makes me feel good to help others

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Carol

I am disabled but sign petitions when I can. I believe in equal rights for everyone.

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Crystal Spencer

Having a voice is important to me. Stand up for what you believe in.

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Shannon Turnage

Everyone needs to state there opinion it truly matters. Especially in today’s​ volitale environment!

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Paulina Pell

I am Pro life

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Christopher White

I’d loved to get involved in a charity organization, just want to find one that is actually looking out for the people they are supporting.

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