It was strangely difficult to get people to answer the question posed. The topic was, “how are you politically active?” I must have asked at least 40 people personally and only got a few brave souls to reply, and I can only guess that 1) people are just too busy being active politically to answer a few questions. More likely it’s 2) they don’t think what they’re doing is important enough to make a fuss over.
Every effort counts, no matter how small or ordinary you may think it is. Actions build up, one on top of the other and turn into a movement, and Stand Up Minnesota is a very active group. We have over 30,000 members from all over the state and country, and with each person doing whatever they can, whenever they can, we can really make a difference.
You can see examples of individual action just by scrolling down the SUM Facebook feed:
… A SUM member made the initial speech before at their a no-show town hall without their congressman. …Another SUM member drove three hours alone to get to the St. Paul Women’s March. …Another member, too shy to go, nevertheless talks back to republican bullies on her Facebook feed. …An introverted SUM member called her congressman and stammered through a pre-written script. …SUM members attended the Senate Finance Meeting at the state capitol to testify about a gerrymandering bill.
People who have never been politically active before are now attending their local SUM chapter meetings in Richfield, Mankato, Brainerd and other parts of Minnesota.
It helps others when you share your experiences. You can inspire other people and you might learn something new. Not everyone in Stand Up Minnesota has Facebook, so please write about their experiences and post them here on the SUM Voices page.
This is your page. What have you been doing? Do you have a story to tell? A cause or a group you’d like to publicize? Did you take a memorable photo at a protest, or are you getting politically active for the first time? Your examples and stories can inspire other people to act, or give them a of a new way to approach a problem. You can inspire someone to try something new, to pick up that phone and make their first phone call, or to decide that yes, they are going to run for office because that’s where they can do the most good.
We look forward to hearing from more of you, and would like to thank our first few participants for sharing their stories: