There are a few different things that you can do.
1. Screen Considering Democracy and start talking about solutions.
Get the film, the discussion menus and host a screening party. The first discussion menu ships with the DVD, but can also be found on the downloads page. You can set up a screenings in your home or in your community. Try to have discussion that includes all political parties and various affiliations, because our policy affects everyone. The film has a lot of information, so you might want to pace the screening. You can stop the film after a chapter or two and have discussion.
You could form a discussion group on related issues. On the Supreme Court Historical Digs page, there are Supreme Court cases that can be discussed. They’re quite interesting! Here's a quote referring to corporations:
Now no one, we presume, ever supposed that the artificial being created by an act of incorporation could be a citizen of a state in the sense in which that word is used in the Constitution of the United States...
- Chief Justice Taney, Opinion of the Court 1857
There is also a Solutions-Links page that links to other country websites.
policy is amazingly and shockingly different from the other developed countries. Click a few times to see how their systems are set up somewhat differently, so we can start talking about solutions that work!
We can also have online dialog! Try this one: http://seesmic.com.
I'm really fascinated with this site because of the ability to ask people around the world different questions. I created a profile under Considering Democracy and started asking questions across the ocean.
http://mogulus.com is an online broadcasting platform. You can set up your own channel or look at others. This has a lot of input from many different countries, but has recently gotten more commercial. Still interesting though.
When we talk, work and network together, our power and strength increases. The fun part is trying to see who you can talk to. The next time that telemarketer calls during dinner, pick the phone up, and instead of being mad or annoyed, have some fun and try to talk to them (nicely) to see what he or she thinks about an issue. There are other activities in the Activities and Outtakes Menu #1 (pdf-2pg).
2. Engage! Think of your own questions and start asking them.
When questions are asked, it starts the thinking process that societies through time have depended upon for survival. Questions are important in a democracy (rule by the People, for the People). It is also important to engage your representatives.
Here's one idea: plan a vacation to
(it's a really gorgeous city, lots of museums, good food and lovely architecture) and set up on appointment with your representative or an appointee to ask them questions. Record it, edit it, then upload it to a video host site like youtube.
Write Letters to the Editor for the Op-Ed section, to your representative, or to a media newshow. (Why not?)
If you see an article that is biased, use the power of the pen (or pixel) and write! Respond immediately, proof read it, and keep their word limits in mind. If it doesn't get printed, try again. Persistence is key.
4. Keep a sense of humor.
Take breaks. Take a nice, relaxing bath! Remember to laugh with your friends. While sometimes things may seem somewhat ridiculous, things won't change overnight. People do need to eat and sleep. Recharge your batteries. Refresh yourself and it'll probably spur your creativity and it'll be more fun. Once again, keep a sense of humor!
5. Join an organization. Seek out information.
There are various links to the right. It's nice to work with like-minded people! But it doesn't have to be that way, just as long as you can discuss things in a respectful (and spirited!) manner. The links on the right hand side of the page are some suggestions. Some of them are research based and others are action based. See if there are any that you like.