Representation

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  1. Get hold of any necessary id.
  2. Register to vote and vote.
  3. Encourage others to register to vote on grounds of gaining representation and a valued contribution, instead of along party lines.
  4. Encourage the same people to actually vote once they’ve registered.
  5. Go beyond reaching out to friends or people online by letting an elected representative know what you want through emailing them or through social media.
  6. Contact representatives with short details of what you are concerned about. It helps to be calm, to offer good evidence to support your case and to clearly state what you would like done about your concern.
  7. Keep the heart and politics tucked away; wear the issues on your sleeve. 
  8. With emails, copy your concerns to local, regional, national and international levels of representation.
  9. Become an ‘on the ground’ canvasser for a worthwhile party or issue.
  10. Support credible and consistent activist groups, which lobby politicians about your concerns, e.g. Greenpeace and Amnesty International.
  11. Get elected and become a representative. From school councils through to political elections there is a real danger of groups of the self-motivated or ill-informed ending up taking important decisions.
  12. Act often and across a range of issues. Fifteen minutes of activism every day over a year stacks up to a whole lot more than one day a year at a demonstration.
  13. Help to organise and liven-up political meetings and demonstrations by offering suggestions for training or activism with a fun or creative edge.