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T

HEODORE ROOSEVELT

SAID

, "That government is

the strongest of which every

man feels himself a part."

Activism, in a general sense, can be de-

scribed as intentional action to bring

about social or political change. This

action is in support of, or opposition to,

one side of an often controversial ar-

gument. Activism in the sense of your

involvement as a business owner is de-

fined as “Individuals interested in the

effects of policy on their businesses.”

Political participation encompasses

the various activities of citizens in

a country, state or region that influ-

ence policymaking and the selection

of leaders. The Utah Manufacturers

Association is certainly no different.

Participation takes many forms, some

forceful, some subtle, and others highly

organized. Americans in general are

comparatively active in politics, but

the United States is notorious among

modern democracies for its low voter

turnout rates.

In a classic study of American political

participation conducted in the early

1970s, Sidney Verba and Norman Nie

asked Americans about their role in sev-

eral kinds of political activities:

• Voting in national and local elections

• Working in campaigns

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Todd R. Bingham, President

Are You an Activist

or Sitting on the Sidelines?

Activism,

in a general sense, can be

described as

intentional action

to bring about

social

or

political

change.