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Editorial Library Category: Associations & Membership Topics: Activism, PAC Title: Grassroot Activism: The Art of Growing Change Author: newsLINK Staff Synopsis: The truth is that politics are a necessary part of modern life. We rely on each other to talk and get the things done in our neighborhoods, cities, states, and country. Editorial: Grassroot Activism: The Art of Growing Change 4064 South Highland Drive, Millcreek, Utah 84124 │ │ (v) 801.676.9722 │ (tf) 855.747.4003 │ (f) 801.742.5803 Editorial Library | © The newsLINK Group LLC 1 Anyone interested in any sort of activism should focus on political grassroots because the opportunities there can transform government on every level, from city government to federal government and everything in between. Why is grassroots activism effective? It’s simple. That’s where you can cause the most change. If you are like most people, you may hesitate to get involved because so many people look down on it as being inherently dishonest. But maybe that’s because the wrong people have been involved, If enough good people decided to make a difference, isn’t it reasonable to think they could elevate the day-to-day interactions that define politics? The truth is that politics are a necessary part of modern life. We rely on each other to talk and get the things done in our neighborhoods, cities, states, and country. It’s not all that different from taking care of a home when you think about it. If the dishes need to be washed, or a car is dirty, you take care of it. If a child needs a fresh diaper, you grab one and do what’s necessary. You wouldn’t say you don’t want to get involved because it’s too unpleasant. You deal with the problems and then move on. It’s the same with politics. Acting sooner is better than later. The earlier you head-off problems, the easier they are to solve. Neglect the problems, though, and they only get worse. In politics, the work isn’t that bad: educating yourself so you can vote, and maybe volunteering some help whenever it seems you could do so most effectively. There are three reasons you should consider grassroots organizations: 1. They are effective. Few people participate in the political process, so those who do take part have more influence than they would have otherwise. Liberal activists have known this for years. You can often find politicians who are involved with grassroots organizations. It’s only natural for them to recognize the importance of such organizations, and to listen to what these organizations have to say. 2. They do a good job of educating voters, especially when media sources are not getting the story right. By informing other people about important issues, it becomes easier to involve those others about making changes. Most people suffer from information clutter — there is simply too much going on for people to be able to thoughtfully consider every piece of information that comes their way, and it can also be hard to know who to trust. A grassroots organization can solve these problems, extracting the most important parts and deciding where effort can be made to maximize results, and then give that information to those who are interested. The result? People who are informed and know they can make a difference are much more likely to vote than people who are apathetic because they are unprepared. 3. Grassroots organizations train future leaders. When someone gets involved or a grassroots level, it can sometimes become obvious that they have the ability, the intelligence, and the willingness to do more and be more. As people provide service through a grassroots organization, it’s not uncommon for them to be noticed and then given additional opportunities. If conservatives are going to become more influential and effective, it will be necessary to find them, educate them, and give them the opportunities they need. As they serve in grassroots organizations, it will be natural for them to grow and progress. Having a community voice and being empowered to make a difference in the issues you care about is important work. That work starts with involving yourself in grassroots organizations. Sources: An article from an unknown source.