In light of the recent terror attack in Las Vegas and church shooting in Texas, I find myself thinking about a lot of things. Of course, I can’t imagine what it was like for the people who were there and the families and friends of the victims. My heart goes out to these people, and I wish I could know what I could do aside from pray to help. Well, I do know what I could do – and that involves turning to my elected officials and speaking my voice.
Today is Election Day in America. While I’m headed to the polls and hope others are, too, voting is just the first step. Sometimes, your chosen candidate doesn’t win. (Helloooo November 2016.) Sometimes your candidate does win, but doesn’t or is unable to follow through with their promises.
During this time, I can’t stop thinking about change. For me, gun control is an important issue. I personally am pro-gun, but I know something must be done to stop an event like this from happening again, and in my opinion, further regulating gun sales and ownership will help with that. And then there’s the news that the Trump administration, on the same day as the Vegas terror attack, supports a bill that could criminalize abortion at twenty weeks. As someone who is pro-choice, this really conflicts with my beliefs and interests and scares me. I also can’t reconcile not believing in gun control but claiming to be pro-life.
In the midst of all this, I know I can continue to vote at not just a national, but state and local level, attend protests, and talk about my experiences and beliefs both with my “real life” acquaintances and online. But again, I also think it’s incredibly important for Americans to reach out to their elected officials and make their personal interests known. With my schedule, it’s hard to find an available time to attend a town hall meeting, and especially when I feel passionate, I’m not always the best at phone calls. That’s where my cell phone has come in handy.
If you’re anything like me and want to reach out to your government but don’t have the time, ability, or desire to do so in person or over the phone, this is where Resistbot comes in handy. Text “RESIST” to 50409, or message Resistbot on Facebook to deliver a message to your congresspeople. In 2017, I have used Resistbot to fax my congresspeople about the ACA, gun control, and more. Resistbot can also get you in touch with your governor if any state laws concern you.
Of course, I encourage you to do whatever you lawfully can do to make your voice heard to your elected officials, no matter your opinion. I want to stop a mass shooting from happening again. I want healthcare for all Americans. I want the right to a safe, legal abortion. I want to live in a country where I may one day have a child who will feel safe, no matter their gender, sexuality, economic status, or race. Maybe sending a text is “slactivism,” maybe it’s something small out of a dozen other things I could do – but it’s something, and I will continue to do whatever I can manage until I see the change I want in this world and encourage every other slutty girl to do the same!
And hey – if you’re a registered voter in America – get to the polls today. If you’re not, register for next time!