Parties for Change

This weekend, I attended two parties for change and reveled in the beauty of the Royal Wedding. Steadily being active in our democracy is a lot of work, and we need to do it with others and have some fun. With summer coming up, let’s party!

What can you do?  Here are some ideas of what my friends do around politics. 

1) Have a postcard party. Gather up your friends and neighbors and write postcards for campaigns through Postcards to Voters. It is super fun, you can socialize over non-political topics as you write to voters. Include some beverages, cheese and crackers and you are set. Presto party!

2) Have a garage sale.  My friends and I had a garage sale on Saturday. We have a potluck breakfast, a potluck lunch, and hang out and talk politics all day. It is fun!

3) Have a ballot deciding dinner party.  My friends and I go through our ballots together and figure out who deserves our vote. Figuring out who to vote for takes research. But, you don’t have to do it alone! Gather up your friends, collect information from trusted sources, and decide together.

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Personal Reflection:  Working each day for change takes a lot of perseverance. But, I learned 15 years ago that it is a lot more fun with friends.  My current group and I have hung out together for 11 years. People come and go, but our community of ordinary people taking extraordinary action has gotten ever wider and much stronger. Plus, we have all made some new friends.

Form your own action circle, or meet people who may be interested through meet-ups. There are groups all around and you can always start your own. So, let’s have some summer fun.

Have a great week!

–Molly Hermes

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