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Support for Occupy Boston…Occupy Wall Street…etc…

Posted by georgiannasaysjustdoyou on October 11, 2011


If you haven’t turned the news on in the past two weeks, you may not have heard that there is a movement to change the status quo…that is, the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. In honor of this intentional advocacy for change, I am re-posting an earlier blog about the importance of your (YES I MEAN YOU) political participation. I am not advocating for how you should vote, but I am advocating that if you don’t, someone else is doing it for you.

Read on…and be active! For more information on Occupy Boston: http://www.occupyboston.com

I recognize that there is not enough time in the day to do even the things we feel we NEED to do.  That said, I am going to challenge you to include one more thing.

I have often stated that we need to be active participants in our own lives.  We should CHOOSE our direction and not let life drag us through it.  If we only focus on ourselves, that is not good.  It is healthy to care of yourself, but not to the exclusion of other responsibilities, like family and work.

I am throwing in one element of self-care that would not normally make it to the list.  Be active in your community.  If you don’t have time to volunteer somewhere and don’t have money to give, there are plenty of things you can do from your own home and on your own time.

Be politically active. The consequence of not being politically active is accepting the default choice.  A couple of things anyone can do:

1)  Know what election is coming up:  Municipal, State, Federal;

2)  Know who the candidates are (you don’t have to be an expert, but keep your eyes and ears open…have conversations);

3)  Know what you think about the issues (like health care, education, taxes , etc.);

4)  Vote and if you can, encourage others to vote.

Whether or not you think about it much, elections happen and people take office.  They work, supposedly on your behalf.  They cannot do so effectively if they do not know what you want.  You tell them by voting, by calling and by writing letters.

Be politically active.  If not, you accept the default choice of others.  Their choices directly affect your family and your community whether you want it to or not.  Take care of yourself.

I don’t have the answers, but I always have thoughts.  Won’t you share yours?

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