We have high expectations for President-Elect Barack Obama during the next four and hopefully eight years. There are others who want this administration to crash and burn. I am challenging myself and all Americans to actively engage in our communities and governments so that we might become a participatory democracy. Our visit to the ballot booth should only be the icing on the cake and not the cake itself. During this historic election, America had a taste of what a participatory democracy could create. I was often frustrated by the way the pundits dismissed voters as either too dumb or too distracted to pay attention to the issues or see beyond the spin and sound bites. I hope President-Elect Obama’s efforts to keep citizens involved will prove successful. The collective and personal challenges we all face will only flourish in an environment of complacency and indifference. Below, I provide links to internet resources for government and civic engagement. Please find a way to do your part! You are welcome to send me any other resources you have found helpful and informative. Let me know how you participate in America’s democracy. I will publish those stories on my blog.
The American Prospect has a must read special report on democracy.
Keep up with the President-Elect’s transition.
Civic Engagement Organizations
Could you pass a U.S. Citizenship test? Look at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services study guide materials to see if you could pass. Scroll down to the guides in pdf format at the bottom of the webpage there.
Who are your elected officials?
Volunteer in your community.
Be an informed consumer of public media.
Getting through all these links can be daunting so look at Project Vote Smart for a one stop shop approach.