"Everyone can be great because anyone can serve."
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. King said that you don’t need to have a college degree or understand the Second Theory of Thermodynamics to serve your community. Everyone’s got something to contribute. We all have a stake in our communities and our nation, and we can all hold our elected officials accountable for making them better. Here’s how:
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Your elected officials work for you. Organizations from across the political spectrum have developed guides to lobbying your representatives — and running for office yourself.
- American Majority
- Aspen Institute: Citizenship & American Identity Program
- Call the Halls
- Citizen University
- Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
- Immigrant Legal Resource Center
- Indivisible Guide
- Leadership Institute
- Organizing for Action
- Run for Something
- Weekly Action Checklist
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