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Don’t get mad, get involved

The hatred mentioned in Jeni Friedrichs letter (SDN Nov. 7) was understandable, commendable even. The quote of “If you’re not pissed, you’re not paying attention,” is something that I have felt during this election as well. But after the hatred subsides, and moving out of the country is no longer considered a viable option, where does that leave us for the next four years? My hope is that it leaves those of us in this country that did not choose to re-elect this administration, with a sense of motivation, and the question of “What can I do?” The answer that I have found to this question after searching through every democratic, liberal rights or grassroots organization that I could find is simple: Get involved.First and foremost, volunteer. From spending one day helping clean up your local community, to spending a lifetime dedicating yourself to volunteer work, any time that you can donate matters. Please people, volunteering and community service are not just for criminals – they can be a great way to spend time with your family, meet new people, and depending on what you choose, you could even get some exercise. Donate. Many nonprofits survive entirely from donations. Some of us don’t donate thinking that our measly $5 or $10 donation won’t make a difference. Stop and think, because if each of the nearly 56 million people that voted Democrat this year donated just one dollar to an organization of their choice, well, I think you can do the math. If you are one of those lucky few that just happens to have piles of money lying around, and spend your days pondering how to spend it, keep in mind that contributions to most organizations are tax-deductible. Write a letter to your representatives. “Yeah right,” you think, with work, school, my six dogs and four children, not to mention getting in as many powder days as I can, where the heck am I going to find time to sit down and write a thoughtful letter to my senator. Well I bet you didn’t know that organizations like the Sierra Club, Colorado Coalition for the Environment and the American Civil Liberties Union have websites that generate prewritten letters on the topic of your choice, and will mail it to the appropriate representative for you. You could actually protest the destruction of national forest land, support women’s right to choose, and be an advocate for gay and lesbian rights, all on your lunch break. Lastly, educate yourself and those around you. The more we know, the better we can make informed decisions, and in turn we can help our friends, families and the entire country make informed decisions. Much to my own disbelief, I was recently informed that I can’t save the world. But with at least 56 million people standing beside me, I just might be able to save this country. So when you’re done being pissed, I hope you’ll join me.

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