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2acaf3cbad25c2cbad7e196bde3612feDo you feel like a lonely blue unicorn roaming the red Texas prairie in solitary splendor, alone in your freaky progressive viewpoints?

Are  you outraged by cowardly Texas elected officials who refuse to schedule town halls to listen to the views of their constituents and who casually pass laws that roll back women’s rights?

Disgusted by neighbors who see no contradiction betweeen worshiping Jesus on Sunday and deporting Muslims on Monday, building a wall to keep the Mexicans out on Tuesday, and denying gay couples civil rights on Wednesday?

Flumoxed that we can’t everyone can’t at least agree that we should have clean air and water and protect the environment for the next generation?

Seriously, are you on drugs? What difference can you–‘lil ol YOU–possibly make as a progressive in Texas the buckle of the Bible Belt? Why not just stay home watching Rachel and punching yourself in the head?  It’s cheaper. And faster.

I’ll tell you why. Because if you’ve read this far, you know you have to do SOMETHING. And you know that freedom fighters don’t always win, but they’re on the right side of history.

So here’s the deal: you have two choices. You can bitch and moan and whine and share articles on Facebook that annoy your family  for the next four years, or you can crawl out from under the bed and get to work in the way that you can, when you can.

Because as Molly Ivins said, freedom fighters don’t always win, but they’re always on the right side of history.

If you don’t like what you’re seeing in your community and your country, the path to change begins with fighting hard in the 2018 mid-term elections to identify and engage new voters and get new candidates chosen and elected. Though many people are frustrated with the Democratic party and improvements are needed, it remains the only real opposition to defeating the current presidential administration.

Here are three concrete things you can do that can make a real difference in the next four years:

  1. Sign up to be a Volunteer Deputy Registar

Volunteer deputy registrars assist with the responsibility of officially registering voters in the State of Texas. They administer voter registration applications and make sure that citizens complete the applications correctly so there is no delay in processing.  Learn more here for the entire state of Texas here, or check out

Dallas County:

Collin County (north):

Rockwall County (east):

Kaufman County (southeast):

(Call 972.932.0298 for info on upcoming classes in Kaufman County)

Ellis County (south):

Tarrant County (west):

Denton County: (northwest):

2. Consider becoming a Precinct Chair

If you want to impact political change, there’s no better first step to take than becoming a Precint Chair. Texas counties are divided into individual precincts, and a precinct is the smallest political subdivision. The Precinct Chair serves as the contact person for their respective party in their precinct, works to increase the number of voters in their neighborhood at at the grass-roots level, and represents their precinct on the County Executive Committee. Learn more here.

3. Take Action at Your Fingertips

Protest comes in many forms. It doesn’t have to just take place in the streets. And while liking pages on Facebook and retweeting messages won’t impact change–but calling your elected officials can.

Since the election, a number of  progressive websites and groups have sprung up since the election promising actionable advice. One of the best is Five Calls, which lists issues, phone numbers and scripts you can use to call your representatives regularly.

Though the site is easy to navigate, unfortunately many callers to their elected officials report that lines are often busy and voice mailboxes full. According to 5 Calls co-founder Neil O’Neill, more than 360,000 calls have already been logged through the platform. And while unfortunately many citizens who try to call their elected officials unfortunately report that lines are often busy and voice mailboxes full, calling is an excellent way to kickstart your activism–and its impact is being felt in Washington.

Don’t know who your Texas representatives are? No worries. Just type your address in to find them here–and add them to your speed dial!

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